Erich Berger | Landscape Machines
With his second solo presentation at osmo/za, Erich Berger continues to investigate the topics of radioactivity and the landscape he addressed in his Spectral Landscapes exhibition last year. Deep time, spectral phenomena, innate and anthropogenic landscapes are still at the center of his attention, only this time explored in the local context of Slovenia and its nuclear contemporary. The exhibition titled Landscape Machines focuses on the Žirovski vrh uranium mine and the human and nonhuman processes that shape its past and futures. The exhibition is part observation and part observatory. It is itself a device of sorts for making perceivable the processes of the planetary machine that churn on spatial and temporal scales below and beyond the threshold of our senses. This is a landscape machine, you can enter, only to discover that you are already placed and entangled within one.
The exhibition installation consists of:
– introductory text and graphics
– seismic and gamma radiation observatory situated at osmo/za
– visual examination of the landfills Boršt and Jazbec augmented by observatory data
– sonic and electromagnetic environment of the landfills Boršt and Jazbec augmented by observatory data
– proxy Landscape Machine Boršt in a cloudchamber
Erich Berger is an artist, curator and cultural worker based in Helsinki Finland. His focus is on the intersection of art, science and technology with a critical take on how they transform society and the world at large. Throughout his practice he has explored the materiality of information, and information and technology as artistic material. Berger’s current interest in issues of deep time and hybrid ecology led him to work with geological processes, radiogenic phenomena and their socio-political implications in the here and now. He moves between visual arts and science in an area which he also investigates and develops as director of the Bioart Society in Helsinki. His installations, performances and interfaces are exhibited widely and Berger received awards from renowned institutions such as Prix Ars Electronica (AT), ZKM (DE), Vida Telefonica (ES), Files Prix (BR) and Arts at CERN (CH).