Human vs Nature
In the summer of 2016, a new art project was organised in the context of the Kolla Festival. It consisted of a 10-day residency with 12 artists of 7 different nationalities between the age of 20 and 35 years. The artistic background ranged from Fine Art to cinema or web design, dance, performance and music.
The artists were set to jumpstart a study on a young 50-year-old natural landscape, characterised by its history of nature loss through industrialisation, and to build a discourse on the dialogue between nature and humans.
Antropical invited artists to react on and work with the given aspects of the site such as its history, visual features or the human or animal movement within the natural reserve. Its goal was to stimulate young emerging artists in their artistic practice to use their environment as a laboratory of research, shifting the dynamic within the Luxembourgish art scene away from the classical ideas of exhibition spaces, galleries and art as a product within the art market. Instead the movement is directed towards a collective feeling in the culture making questioning the idea of quality striving towards the idea of art as a common good.
Thanks to the colourful mix within the group we had the incredible chance to create as many different approaches as there were souls. As the goal was to analyse the site and its history in an artistic manner, the artists first took some time to explore the nature, talk to specialists, talk to the people from the neighbourhood, to the organisers of the Kolla and most importantly get to know each other. During the first week a lot of little exercices were done. Filming nature, drawing maps, placing objects, transforming them, making tryouts and discussing them to the fellow participants.
During a daily meeting, the participants shared their findings and ideas helping each other to develop them further. In the second part, when the ideas were worked out more, they were worked out to a finished work. However, not always were the results a finished work, but sometimes were also traces of the very process.
Participating artists: Joost Elschot (NL), Cas Banierink (NL), Céline Villaneau (UK), Frau Herr (DE), Anastasia Chaguidouline (LU), Anouk Chambaz (CH), Nika Schmitt (LU), Bob Erpelding (LU), Julija Paškevičiūtė (LT), Marta Masiero (BRA), Astrid Rothaug (AT).