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Exhibition on view at WACE - Arkane Afrika ArtCOP22 Marrakesh, Morocco November 7-18th, 2016 Exclusively broadcast on ikonoTV November 2nd - 30th, every Thursday and Sunday at 9PM (Berlin / NY / Shanghai time)

ARTISTS Christian Bau, Volkan Diyaroglu, Simon Faithfull, Christiane Geoffroy Isabelle Hayeur, HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen), Oto Hudec Michel Huneault, Louis Jammes, Sjaan Klijne, Michael Najjar Joshua Reiman and Eric Weeks, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Yael Toren

HeHe, Nuage Vert à Ivry, 2010

ART SPEAKS OUT Curated by Vanina Saracino The human activity is now the dominant influence

mines extraction is to guarantee an environmental

on the Earth’s environmental and climate balance.

disaster (Minas Gerais, Brasil, 2015). This list, long

Technological progress is depredating the planet’s

and yet unfinished, rapidly increases at the same

resources at an increasing speed, and leading to a

rate with which progress advances.

number of catastrophes that seem more and more Progress will not stop, that is clear, but its


catastrophic outcomes need to be managed and As stated by Hannah Arendt, progress and

contained. Important efforts in this direction were

catastrophe are not two separate contingencies

made during the COP21 (Paris, 2015), following

- they are in fact the opposite faces of the

which an agreement was subscribed by 187

same coin. Paul Virilio goes further with this

countries to keep the global warming below

idea by stating that the development of any

2°C, and hence reduce the carbon emissions by

technology automatically implies not only the

containing the use of fossil fuels to a very strict

chance, but rather the promise of an accident.

level. With an unprecedented speed and to

In this perspective, inventing the nuclear reactor

everyone’s astonishment, the agreement entered

means essentially to set up a future nuclear

into force only a few months later, attesting, if

disaster (Chernobyl, Ukraine, 1986; Fukushima,

anything, the urgency for action.

Japan, 2011); developing the technology for oil extraction means preparing a catastrophic

Unfortunately, the situation is far from optimistic.

oil spill (Gulf of Mexico, 2010); building rigs for

The goals set are still not strict enough to contain

Simon Faithfull, Going Nowhere 1.5, 2016

the expected disasters resulting from global

nature lands. His video “Mirror Land” approaches

warming, and the lack of a transnational authority

the problem of the extinction of bees, which is

responsible for action and regulation makes one

threatening the reproduction of crops, and hence

guess if even these goals will ever be reached.

our own existence. German artist Michael Najjar

However, this result can be considered a significant

approaches the problem of space garbage by

starting point. From here on, much needs to be

showing how the increasing amount of debris

done, especially on an individual level.

left from obsolete satellites and space missions is

Broadly speaking, in a cycle that we could often observe throughout history, when society and politics are lacking the power, the ability and/or

polluting the air above our atmosphere and risks to endanger the spaceflight in the near future (“Orbital Cascade”).

the will to find a solution to the multi-level crisis, all

The issue of polluted water and rising water

pressing contemporary issues regain a privileged

levels is approached by Simon Faithfull (UK) in his

position within the artistic research, regathering

video “Going Nowhere 1.5”. Here, the artist walks

at the center of the creative practice. Our aim

in circles on a small portion of land that will be

with the second edition of Art Speaks Out is to

soon covered by the tides. Also Isabelle Hayeur

bring together a significant group of artists clearly

(Canada) and Christiane Geoffroy (France) show

striving to achieve a change in society and increase

the devastating effects of polluted water, the first

the global sensibility toward the environment and

in a visually poetic transition showing the deep

climate change.

connections of macro and microorganisms (“Silent

Slovakian artist Oto Hudec, who is also part of the project MAP (Making Art with Purpose), establishes a relationship with the damaged by composing music for the most challenged

Spring”) and the latter by showing the beautifully hypnotic dance of the sea angels, whose existence is heavily threatened by the raising temperatures of the Arctic Ocean.

From top left to bottom right: HeHe, Fleur de Lys, 2009; Isabelle Hayeur, Silent Spring, 2015; Michel Huneault, 10 Minutes at Tohoku, 2012; Oto Hudec, Mirror Land, 2016.

Nuclear energy and the consequences of the

powerful silent film that mirrors the devastation of

destruction of nuclear power plants are the

the land after the tragedy (“A Sanctuaire”).

center of HeHe’s production. The French-German artist duo composed by Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen aesthetically amplifies the intoxication resulting from emission clouds (“Nuage Vert a Ivry”, “Planet Laboratory”, “Fleur de Lys” and “Fracking Futures”). German filmmaker Christian Bau’s work “Snapshot Mon Amour” approaches the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster starting with a new Japanese word born from the processes of atomic scission implied in the production of nuclear energy. Canadian artist Michel Huneault’s work “10 minutes a Tohoku” shows 12 scenes captured across Tohoku one year after the 2011 tsunami, where the number of victims exponentially increased as a consequence of a poor modern urban planning that brought to a dense occupation of the coasts, contrarily to the

The central issue that such a project might raise is also a central question in the contemporary art discourse: is art able to provoke a change? What is the place (and the chance) of art in taking part in the political discourse? Art Speaks Out can be looked at as a rather small contribution to the global speech on climate change. Our hope with this program is to raise awareness about the destruction of the environment as a negative turnout of the technical progress we blindly pursue. Hopefully these reflections will help to impulse a change of habits, leading to reduce the wastes and everyday consume - by bearing in mind that modifying our own behavior first is a necessary step toward a global improvement to be achieved in the near future.

traditional Japanese pre-war habits. Photographer Louis Jammes (France) traveled to Chernobyl shortly after the disaster in 1986 and collected his black and white images of the reactor in a

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