Sebastian Diaz Morales
The exhibition investigates the images and imaginations determining how landscape is being viewed today. It presents new ideas and alternative drafts. It presumes that melancholy, nostalgia, and attraction, today, still play an important role and act as moments of standstill and criticism since today's art.
Artists: Ulu Braun, Eva Castringius, Matthew Fuller/Graham Harwood, Gabriela
Gerber/Lukas Bardill, Dirk Haupt, Verena Maas, Achim Mohné, Sebastian Diaz Morales,
Emily Richardson, Michaela Schwentner, Christian Vetter, Jana Winderen
Curators: Anke Hoffmann and Yvonne Volkart
In art, the most melancholic landscapes were created at a time when the natural of nature was surmised as something irretrievably lost, something endangered by industrialisation. Once more, one tried to halt the ravages of time and evoke an idyll that had never existed the way it was depicted. Those were the times of romanticism. What is the significance of landscape in art nowadays, 200 years later, in the year of biodiversity and hybrid artistic practices? What will happen if the social, economic, and cultural transformation processes in the terrain of landscape become topics of art? What if nature and technology no longer will be perceived as irreconcilable opposites but as mutually depending on each other?
The exhibition "Lands End" investigates the images and imaginations determining how landscape is being viewed today. It presents new ideas and alternative drafts. It presumes that melancholy, nostalgia, and attraction, today, still play an important role and act as moments of standstill and criticism since today’s art, in general, is inclined to use strategies of description and irritation, exaggeration and opposition. In times when knowledge about how landscape is being construed has become widespread und has led to a more precise approach to the subject it is extremely important to introduce different lines of thought. They have to take into consideration the dual meaning of landscape, real living space on the one hand and the ideal on the other. The artists we invited did this in their very own special ways, making obvious that we need images to view things in a different manner.
Accompanying event programme "Lands End"
Conference and onsite inspections (only in German):
Saturday, May 8th, 1 ‐ 6pm
Through examples of different perspectives from art, theory and activism this conference examines how the term landscape can be approached nowadays.
Address of welcome and introduction by Anke Hoffmann and Yvonne Volkart (curators Shedhalle)
Lecture: Maurice Maggi (guerilla gardener, Zurich): Red and blue stones on‐site tour of the Rote Fabrik with Maurice Maggi and Sebastian Mundwiler (artist and gardener, Basel)
Lecture: Annemarie Bucher (landscape historian, ZHdK Zürich): Landscape as an image and as space
Lecture: Philipp Felsch (philosopher of science, ETH Zurich): The Alps. melancholy and exhaustion
Lecture: Sibylle Omlin (art historian/director ECAV, Sierre): Artist’s views on the usage of landscape
Guided Tours with the curators:
Wednesday, April 14th, 6pm
Wednesday, April 28th, 6pm
Sunday, May 16th, 2pm
Image: Eva Castringius, The Great Thirst - Palmdale, 103 x 180 cm, Lambda colour print auf Alu-Dibond, 2003 Courtesy the artist
For more information and foto material please contact:
Yvonne Volkart: email@example.com, Tel. 044 4815950
Press Talk: Friday, March 19th 2010, 2pm
Opening reception: Friday, March 19th 2010, 7pm
With a cooking performance by the guerilla gardener Maurice Maggi, Zurich
Rote Fabrik Seestrasse 395/Postfach 771 CH - 8038 Zürich
Wed-Fri: 13:00 - 17:00, Sat/Sun: 12:00 - 18:00