ARKADIA (2016-)
b/w film photography

The tale of Arkadia goes back to ancient hellenic mythology.
As the place of a golden age it was meant to offer people a life in idyllic nature apart from societal pressure and tedious work. Summarizing the influence western culture exercised on human beings during the last couple hundreds of years humanity could not have gotten farer off this state of embeddedness into nature and its possible benefits. At the beginning of the 21. century the culturally induced dichotomy of humans and nonhumans led us to a historic turning point where two contrasting societal developments get visible. One is based on the idea of reflecting on the defectiveness this greed-driven process has on our collective wellbeing and emphasizes on the reestablishment of our sensitiveness towards concepts of nature and sustainability. The other one seems to be tending towards a continuing technologically driven alienation of humans and nonhumans by creating digital parallel universes.
In these times it is hard to tell where our relationship with nature will end up. The only thing obvious is that in the anthropocene an awareness of holistic interrelations between humans and nonhumans has to replace any dichotomous thinking.
As humanity can not entirely turn back the clock of industrialization the concept of a fertile hybridity between technology and nature is likely to be what our future will be based on. In this body of work i want to visualize the current status quo located inbetween traditional romanticizing and the perspective of an ongoing amalgamation of humans, technology and nature.