Staging Nature

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.

Observing nature is like an ongoing play. We seem to be able to stare at these ongoing rituals. Leaves moving mildly on the wind, water running over the stones, sun rays coming through the branches. 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. By installing performative objects within the nature itself the theatricality of nature is emphasised and part of it is brought to our focus. The parts that are chosen are landscape performances. Technology, in these scenes, is used to move a curtain or a branch. This animation is almost comical where the attempt to disturb, emphasise 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.

“I felt that if a play was exactly like a landscape then there would be no difficulty about the emotion of the person looking on at the play being behind or ahead of the play because the landscape does not have to make acquaintance.”

Gertrude Stein: Plays, in: Lectures in America

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