Eloïse Bonneviot & Anne de Boer: "Tracing a Seeping Terrain"
2 Sep 2023 — 5 Nov 2023
Tracing a seeping terrain, Eloïse Bonneviot & Anne de Boer 2023, Virtuelle Umgebung von Nicholas Delap. Basierend auf der Programmierung von Xing Xiao & Xiyue Hu (In vitro Team).
Heidelberger Kunstverein announces the inaugural exhibition by Eloïse Bonneviot and Anne de Boer in Germany. The Berlin-based duo investigates 'nature' through the medium of digital technologies. Their project at HDKV is a culmination of their work to date and explores cultural responses to the accelerating ecological crisis through game mechanics. In their multimedia installation, interaction determines the aesthetic experience. The experiential and entertaining aspect of the game presents a possible way of engaging with ecological issues, where feelings of guilt and powerlessness often prevail. The exhibition consists of interactive sculptures connected to speakers and a virtual landscape. Central is visitors' involvement, as their interactions shape the landscape and the evocative ambient sounds that envelop them. In addition to the computer-generated fictional landscape, the show features work referencing maps that provide information for monitoring and managing natural disasters worldwide. In this context, De Boer and Bonneviot explore the impact of data on our relationship with ecological systems, shedding light on how these technologies communicate, enhance, and simulate environments. The visual language employed further alludes to projective psychological tests, in which images, often identified as natural motifs, are used as assessment tools. The exhibition offers a playful approach to the discourse of climate and technology, providing a means of transcending an often paralyzing rhetoric.
Curated by Johanna Hardt
Supported by Innovationsfonds Kunst des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg