According to the latest report by the World Biodiversity Council of the United Nations, out of the world’s estimated eight million animal and plant species, around a million are threatened with extinction. The extinction of species is rocking our planet, and this time man is a primary cause, accelerating species extinction by 100 to 1000 percent. Although it is not yet too late for a fundamental turnaround, it will require radical change at all levels, from local to global. FACING EXTINCTION is an artistic installation with a double statement: on the one hand, it allows us to experience the wonders of nature, on the other, it confronts us with the inconvenient truth behind the images.
At one moment, nature shows itself in all its splendor and diversity and the next, it dissolves before our very eyes. Suddenly, artificiality and algorithms invade the natural - symbols of rapid technological progress and thus contributing to the catastrophe, yet, at the same, a convenient means of concealment.
The parallelism of nature and culture, the tension between technology as cause and, concurrently, as opportunity for change, form the conceptual framework of this art installation. The project is in keeping with the tradition of the 'Racing Extinction' series on such iconic buildings as the UN Headquarters and St. Peter's Church in the Vatican. The installation for the I.G. Farben Building of the Goethe University is the first project of its kind in Germany.
The Project is supported from:
OKEANOS Stiftung für das Meer