Amalgamated Fragmentations / Plastiverse

©2021

The fundamental interpenetration of all things within the Anthroposphere, which constitutes the Technosphere, is the focus of my long-term project. The cultivated landscape, its artificial forms of representation and the resulting alienation of man from nature, I have thematized in my work already 20 years ago.

Our image of nature as static, balanced and harmonious is naive and must be reconsidered. Where technology and nature were traditionally seen as opposites, they now seem to merge or even exchange places. There is invasion and penetration in both directions: Plastic particles into organic matter and bacteria and fungi into man-made matter.

Wherever I go in search of plastic, whether in urban and rural areas or by the sea, I encounter microplastics in soil, sand and water. 

Not only is the distinction between organic and man-made matter becoming more difficult visually, organisms are increasingly ingesting these nanoparticles because cells do not recognize them as enemies. Even my pseudo-scientific experiments in the studio have shown how bacteria, molds, and plastic particles form new matter during decay processes.

With found objects and my own photographs, I have used various analog and digital techniques to playfully create images that address a serious issue of the present and the future.

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Amalgamated Fragmentations-Plastiverse 14

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Amalgamated Fragmentations-Plastiverse 1

plastic, mold, organic matter, artificial matter, microbes, bacteria, fungi, mycelium, plants, gene pool, DNA

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Amalgamated Fragmentations-Plastiverse 6

plastic, mold, organic matter, artificial matter, microbes, bacteria, fungi, mycelium, plants, gene pool, DNA

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