The Center for Contemporary Creation Matadero Madrid presents Blind Sensorium: Antropología visual, the result of a long-
International Archives 1st half of 2021
Exhibition March 12 -
This exhibition, which represents the first solo presentation in Spain of Armin Linke's work, combines different aspects of the investigation, presenting a selection of elements dedicated to the relationship between planetary ecosystems, political institutions and scientific infrastructures through a visual analysis of the conflictive spaces of climate change.
Armin Linke's work focuses on documenting the effects of globalization and infrastructure on different local populations to show that the modern world is a massive profusion of data, where the material infrastructures—consisting of computer centers, data highways and server rooms—are largely invisible. The knowledge generated by this technological sensorium is characterized by the blind spots of its own implication in the accelerated exploitation of nature.
Through this exhibition, the artist proposes a visual approach to climate change and its material landscape from a rigorous and reflective perspective. The video installation Blind Sensorium is a synthesis of more than ten years of fieldwork by Armin Linke and his collaborators Giulia Bruno and Giuseppe Ielasi. Using both photography and film, they have produced a visual anthropology of the politics of climate change. They asked: What is the role of images and representation in this political landscape? What does it mean to observe processes of which one is inherently a part?
Linke and his team have followed and interviewed scientists, politicians, and activists and have gained access to laboratories, data centers, the negotiation rooms of the United Nations, sites of resource extraction and critical locations for the Earth’s ecosystems. It is this research into modern institutions and their role in the present world, which asks whether these institutions are capable of answering the existential challenges of the present. The resulting film recounts this journey and presents an image of the entangled relations, the deadlock between politics, science, economics, finance, culture, and the logic of technological innovation.
As an integral part of the video installation, a 26-
As the third element of the room-
The Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives (IMNA), Matadero Madrid's artistic laboratory for climate action, has been working since 2018 to propose new narrative strategies and innovative projects to reflect on a more-
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Kawah Ijen Volcano, Biau (Jawa Timur), Indonesia, 2016. © Armin Linke