art installation by TheKrank /// Artbase Festival Berlin 2019

Dear people,
this is one of those moments that I am really sad to present you my new work. I couldn’t stay passive concerning the huge ecological disasters we are facing this year. Amazon rain-forests have been hammered down by thousands of fires during the last weeks. My art installation is an image of the present yet a silent representation of the future. My intention is not to make you withdraw from the issue and try to think something else that makes you feel better. Climate change is not a distant issue anymore. It is a very complicated and fundamental problem which is invisible to us but affects everyone.

We live in a world in which the mode of our being, can and often does have greater influence on what happens than what we as a collective will. Even if everyone on this earth agrees that the planet is in danger, if the idea persists that we can reverse the situation without changing anything about how we live and how we do politics all the good intentions in the world will amount to nothing. We cannot live how we used to anymore and we cannot let the saving of our planet be a byproduct of the smooth running of a system that created the problem in the first place and now reaches its hand in repent. Don't take it.

We are paradoxically at a time when we need to be panicking but simultaneously keeping our poise. We need personal responsibility but it is not enough to just do that. Our anger has to be channeled not only towards the choices we make inside the absurd ramifications of the system we are living in, but also towards the system itself. It is not enough to make the right choices inside the given options,
it is time for new options.

Yours sincerely,

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Amazon art installation by TheKrank Berlin 2019


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