Andrea Zucchini / Foresight by Earth
Publication Launch, Wednesday, 6 July, 7 until 9pm
Exhibition, from 22 June until 30 July 2016
all images: Courtesy of the artist, Tenderpixel and Original&theCopy
Andrea Zucchini’s work most often explores the relationship between humans and the natural environment that surrounds them. Through the process of pairing inherited rituals, historical artifacts of ancient societies with our era of space exploration and digital reproduction, Zucchini reveals objects as carriers of human knowledge throughout history. In Foresight by Earth, objects have become vessels for various temporalities and signification; their ancestral powers and related craftsmanship have been commonly accumulated and are tightly linked to us and our future.
Zucchini’s distinctive approach in experimenting with materials is central in this new body of work. Creating a specific atmosphere, a total environment through the use of sound and sand stretching across the gallery, the experimental installation guides visitors through a rather zen setting referencing eastern architecture. The textural element of sand extends from the floor, through the flow of virtual data to a wall panel depicting the surface of Mars, while a wide variety of cast bronze nuts, seed pods, mushrooms and leafs populate the space and repeat throughout the exhibition. The replicas of Aztec mushroom stones engage with the central theme of authorship, further explored in the video. Zucchini’s work draws parallels in between the contemporary approach to digital reproduction and a past where the object-maker could be forever unknown, unrecognised. Depicting an abandoned post-human landscape, both familiar and strange, a mirage of a digital replica of an artifact dominates the experience: like the other objects created for this exhibition, it is launched into future, defying time and space restrictions to reframe human’s role and position in relation to Earth.