Although mankind is still very young in comparison with our planet’s long history, it has succeeded in having a major impact on the earth’s geological development. Plenty of traces of human activity can be found, even far away from our planet. For this exhibition in Raversyde, artists were inspired by the topic of the ‘Anthropocene’: the new geological epoch we are currently in and in which man plays a pivotal role.
The artists at MANMADE look beyond the purely material heritage left behind by mankind and raise philosophical and anthropological questions about the interaction between mankind and this planet. How does our current dominant human nature work? Where will our immense ecological footprint take us? Will our intellectual capacities provide solace? Will we continue to evolve undisturbedly towards the "end of the (human) world" or will we survive the Anthropocene?
With works by Ackroyd & Harvey (UK), Ant Farm (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), Leo Copers (BE), Cosco (BE), Luc Deleu (BE), Wim Delvoye (BE), Mark Dion (US), Simon Faithfull (UK), Nicolas Floc’h (FR), Frans Gentils (BE), HeHe (DE, UK), Rune Peitersen (DK), Allan Sekula & Noël Burch (US), Tuur Van Balen & Revital Cohen (BE, IL) and Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE).
Open: 11/06/2016 - 02/10/2016
Location: Raversyde ANNO 1465, Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 636, 8400 Ostend, Belgium
Curator: Tim Joye
With: Ackroyd & Harvey (UK), Ant Farm (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), Leo Copers (BE), Luc Deleu (BE), Wim Delvoye (BE), Mark Dion (US), Simon Faithfull (UK), Nicolas Floc’h (FR), Allan Sekula & Noël Burch (US), et al.