Staging Nature

Installation with 4 Motors; Sound;
Video, Arduino, PCB
Graphic Youth Colony, Prolom Banja, Serbia
part of a group exhibition
'(Un)Natural encounters' in Student Cultural Center in Belgrade
Supported by Serbian Ministry of Culture
and University of the Arts Bremen
Serbia/Germany 2017

A landscape is a composition we choose to see. A landscape is always artificial.
There is a distance between us and the landscape we observe.

Standing in nature, watching it repeat again and again the same processes. Leaves moving mildly on the wind, water running over the stones, sun rays coming through the branches, insects always on their way. Repeat, repeat, repeat. It is like an ongoing play. It can be looked at again and again. The characters are not changing much but we seem to be able to stare at these ongoing rituals. Still there is a distance between the landscape we see and ourselves. It is as if we are surrounded by these beautiful images that are resembling a painted landscape or even a kitschy postcard. There is a space between us and the nature around us. We are actually looking at the nature as a stage where all the actors are already there without really being aware of it.

By installing performative objects within the nature itself the theatricality of nature is emphasized and part of it is brought to focus. The parts that are chosen are landscape performances, scenes from the nature. Technology, in these scenes, is used to move a curtain or a branch. This animation is, in certain instances almost comical and banal where the attempt to disturb, emphasize or camouflage fails as the surroundings overshadow it. In this attempt lays the poetic struggle to relate to our surroundings no matter how unfamiliar or distant they have become. The objects exhibited in a gallery space are placed even more out of the context and represent abandoned props without their stage. Nevertheless they are the leftovers of what once was a landscape play. They are a document of a place, but as they are still moving they relate to the place where they were once placed as a nostalgic object.