Axel Braun

Towards an Understanding of Anthropocene Landscapes

Text Information/
Picture Gallery/

Pop-up exhibition / project presentation / temporary research lab

September 9, 2015 from 6 pm to 9 pm
September 10 – 11, 2015 between 3 – 8 pm

The lecture and discussion will be held in English.

It’s been 15 years since Paul J. Crutzen coined the term “Anthropocene”, proposing a new geological epoch that is defined by the impact of human action on our planet. The last 200 years of industrialisation and about 12,000 years of agriculture have undoubtedly left their mark on land, oceans and atmosphere. In order to provide nutrition, energy and living space for an ever-growing world population, human beings have altered their planet drastically and in many cases irreversibly.

Axel Braun’s artistic research practice is concerned with human-altered landscapes. In a time that is characterised by the close relation of the paradigm of sustainability and the threat of climate change, he approaches contemporary landscapes as indicators of processes that can be encountered both locally and globally. As part of an on-going, long-term project he collects case studies about contemporary landscapes that were shaped by controversial infrastructure projects. Apart from reflecting on changing ideas of nature, progress or growth, his work provokes questions about power and responsibility.

During his three day pop-up exhibition at the artist will present videos and collections of images resulting from his research activities.
On 9 September he will hold an introductory presentation that aims to contextualise selected examples of human-altered landscapes that he deals with in his work. On the opening evening and over the following two days Axel provides a place and framework for critical reflection and discussions related to some of the world’s most urgent issues. Please feel welcome to join the discussion or bring in related topics.

Every evening Axel will use the former shop front of to present a different selection of texts, pictures and videos from his long-term project “Towards an Understanding of Anthropocene Landscapes.”

Axel Braun (1983, DE) is an artist and photographer based in Essen. He graduaded from Folkwang University of the Arts in 2009 and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2010. His research-based projects have been presented internationally, including. at Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Kunstmuseum Bochum and Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea.

With the kind support of Kunststiftung NRW

Image caption:
Axel Braun
Nothing is Impossible in a Place Where Dreams Become Reality
(Gyeonggi Bay, Island, 2012)
Copyright by Axel Braun