Maarten Vanden Eynde

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°Leuven, Belgium 12/02/1977. Lives and works in Brussels (BE) and Saint Mihiel (FR)

Since the dawn of man, progress has been the main driver for evolution. The contemporary
globalisation bearing daily changes at an unprecedented speed favours a linear model as the only
applicable frame to comprehend time. The world of the present is being pushed and pulled towards
the future, leaving the constant growing past behind. In a collective frenzy of euphoria we are all
together building a better and more convenient world. Or are we?

For more than a decade I study the current geological layer we will leave behind for future
generations. The Anthropocene, a new geologic chronological term for the epoch that began when
human activities started having a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems, is my main area
of interest. In my work I stop the clock and try to unravel the process and consequence of time.
The execution or final form, as well as the location of production and presentation are strongly
dependent on the concept and context. I deliberately look for and relate to different fields of study,
social contexts and anthropological perspectives as arena in which I produce, exhibit and talk about
my work, ranging from marine biology to cosmology, and from the Congolese jungle to a booth on a
commercial art fair. They are all part of our current society and make us the way we are.

My practice is embedded in long term research projects that allow me to focus on a specific topic
for many years and generate multiple works and presentation opportunities. From 2003 to 2014 I
studied the concept of Genetology (The Science of First Things) and tried to define this non-existing
opposition of the existing Eschatology (The Science of Last Things). Genetology’s main area of
research is our fascination with time and its consequences: How will we look back to the past in the
future? What will remain of the present? Although the research project is currently non-active, I still
use the methodology as a framework to look at the world we live in.

From 2008 to 2015 I worked on a project and sculpture called Plastic Reef, a growing installation of
melted plastic debris from the worlds oceans, dealing both with one of humanities most pressing pollution problems and the disappearance of coral reefs worldwide. Within the same research project, several other works
were made, exhibited and reviewed worldwide.

Currently I'm investigating the influence of transatlantic trade of pivotal materials like rubber, oil,
ivory, copper, cotton and uranium, on the evolution of human kind, the creation of nations and other global power structures. The project Triangular Trade traces back the origin of the different materials and follows their
(r)evolutionary path as they are processed and transformed into 'world changing wonders'.

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