Victory over the sun

(in progress)
Artistic research, field-trips, intervention in public space, photography, film and artist book. 
2016 – ongoing

Rescuing old and new visions of the human relation to nature, power and technology, and projecting them into the present times we live in, Victory Over The Sun seeks to explore future visions and understandings on our technological coexistence with the landscape, its visible and invisible materiality and the living cycles of the human and the non-human.

The project is based on an experimental field-study of a landscape in the outskirts of Cologne (near the biggest Brown Coal open pit mine in Europe) where a squatted forest creates resistance, as the biggest man-made hill is being re-cultivated and the largest artificial sun facilities are being developed.

The title of the project refers to the futurist opera written in 1923 by Aleksei Kruchenykh. In Victory Over the Sun, the sun is captured and brought from heaven to Earth, to be locked in a concrete bucket (symbolized on stage by Kazimir Malevich’s famous “Black Square”). The opera celebrated the dystopic independence of humankind from the sun and its system, through the generation of man’s own energy sources.

Bringing this reference back to the present, the artistic research project aims at create a crossover between the symbology of russian futurism from the 20’s,  the ancient cosmology of the pre-hispanic Andean cultures and a speculative future as seen from the ecological crisis we are living today.