Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

Freya Hutchings
September 20th 2019

As we go about our daily activities, we may lose sight of our connections with nonhuman life. Here are three exhibitions to encourage you to step outside of your everyday and recognize your interconnected existence within a more-than-human planet.

Discover the hidden natural forces that surround us

Meet the wonders of Marshmallow Laser Feast, an experimental genre bending arts collective. Their immersive works highlight the often overlooked natural forces that surround us in order to create landscapes that go beyond our daily experience. From an altered perspective, you are invited to explore your surroundings with a heightened sensory perception.

? Marshmallow Laser Feast at Odunpazari Modern Museum (TR), until 7 December 2019.

Explore the future of nature

NATURE is a trans-atlantic exhibition that includes over 60 projects where nature and design collide. The diverse range of projects in the expo is categorized within seven themes, all seeking to demonstrate how design may offer solutions for the environmental and social challenges that humanity faces today. From highly practical to highly speculative works, from physical to digital, all projects are united by a desire to show how —through design— we can become active agents in transforming the relationship we have with our world.

? NATURE at both Smithsonian (US) and Cube (NL), until 19 January 2020.

Hug & play with your surroundings

For Presence, the first largescale museal exhibition by Daan Roosegaarde, the artists has created an 800 m2 playful living lab in which multiple changes in perspective take place. You can roll around in luminous ‘stardust’, draw lines with light, and cast shadows that remain. In each room, human action leaves a lasting imprint, highlighting the traces we leave with the aim of empowering visitors to act differently, to connect with their surroundings in creative, playful and constructive ways. The immersive project is about questioning the world, who we are and what we want to leave behind.

? Daan Roosegaarde - Presence at Groninger Museum (NL), until 12 January 2020.

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What is your view on the coronavirus?

Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.

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