Apokalypse Now

Art on the Climate Catastrophe

Matthew Antezzo, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Heide Deigert, Douglas Gordon, Tue Greenfort, Almut Linde, Björn Melhus, Anna Meyer, Olaf Nicolai, Manfred Pernice, Bernhard Prinz, Marcel Prüfert, Markus Shimizu, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Silke Wagner, Christine Würmell
Venue: Die Schute, Maknete e.V., (Veringkanal behind Honigfabrik, Industriestraße 125, 21107 Hamburg)

In the context of the "Sidewalk Deli" exhibition, the subproject "Apocalypse Now" addresses aesthetic narratives on global warming. Explicitly critical strategies examining causes and functional parameters are presented by Anna Meyer, whose drawing focuses ideology-critical attention on the responsibility of art itself, and by Olaf Nicolai with a pot-plant "buried" in a plastic bag and by Christine Würmell with her aggressive political collages, which call, among other things, for "All cars to Antarctica." The narrative of appeal is to be found in the work of Rirkrit Tiravanija, who has formulated the slogan "Less oil, more courage" on a T-shirt. Douglas Gordon fosters poetic awareness by renaming the ship on which the exhibition is taking place, as does Almut Linde, who draws attention to river pollution through unaccustomed beauty. The possibility of alternative practices is demonstrated by Heide Degert's model of a tornado power station, and Bernhard Prinz with his documentation of a bio-powerstation located close by the ship. Tue Greenfort's photographic work shows an Italian "energy-saving taxi." Finally, Björn Melhus brings the narrative of forecast into play by showing the 2099 water level in Venice in artistic form in a computer animation.
Curated by Raimar Stange