Open Talk - Armin Linke
with the screening of the movie "Alpi"
Wednesday, December 12th at 7h pm c/o Cinema Il Piccolo di Matera - via XX Settembre, 14
On December 12 at 19.00h we will present an Open Talk by the photographer and filmmaker Armin Linke, followed by a screening of his movie Alpi.
Armin Linke presents his exhibition Stratigraphy. One of the four main exhibitions proposed by the Matera-Basilicata2019 Foundation as part of the cultural program for Matera European Capital of Culture 2019.
The exhibition will investigate the roles played by scientific, political and action-focused institutions involved in issues relating to geology, the atmosphere and the oceans. In particular, it will examine the consequences of climate change on the landscape and the biosphere, attributed to human activity. Today, the tangible impact and rapid pace of global climate change, has given rise to a strong debate focused on the presumed beginning of a new geological era following the current Holocene period, first proposed in the 1980s by Paul Crutzen, known as the Anthopocene.
The artist and filmmaker Armin Linke is internationally renowned for his photographs and an expansive archive, in which he documents in the rapid changes occurring at the earth’s surface, both photographically and in moving images. The pictures collected in Armin Linke’s archive constitute a resource for the understanding of the human impact on planet earth, from the seabed to rainforests to agrarian territories.
For the Matera-Basilicata European Capital of Culture 2019 exhibition, Armin Linke and his collaborators Giulia Bruno, Giuseppe Ielasi, curator Anselm Franke as well as an extended group of contributors will created a theatrical film-installation that provides a insight into the structure of the archive, demonstrating again and again the complex relations between visible changes and the invisible abstract processes that drive these changes.
A film by Armin Linke
"Alpi is the result of seven years of research on contemporary perceptions of the landscape of the Alps, juxtaposing places and situations across all eight bordering nations and spanning the territories of four languages. In the film, the Alps are encountered like an island that is connected to various global transformations. We undertook many journeys in the alpine region, which, ironically, led us as far as Dubai. The film shows the Alps as a key location, owing to its delicacy and environmental importance, where one can observe and study the complexity of social, economic, and political relationships. In the Europe of today, the Alps are a hotbed for modernity and its illusions."
- Armin Linke, 2010
Armin Linke (*1966 in Milan) lives in Berlin. As a photographer and filmmaker he analyses the formation, the "Gestaltung" of our natural, technological and urban environment. His photographs and films function as tools to become aware of the continuous interaction in this diverse space. Through working with his own, as well as with other media archives, Linke challenges the conventions of photographic practice, whereby the question of how photography is installed and displayed becomes increasingly important. In a collective approach with artists, designers, architects, historians and curators, narratives are procured on multiple levels.
In the last five years, his work has focused particularly on the topic of the Anthropocene, resulting in exhibition presentations at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. His most recent comprehensive project Prospecting Ocean, commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy, explores ecological and political challenges facing the oceans.
Linke’s work has been exhibited at prestigious art institutions including Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); Tate Gallery, London (2015); Fotomuseum, Winterthur (2015); PAC, Milan (2017); Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2017); Centre de la Photographie Genève (2017).
He was Research Affiliate at MIT Visual Arts Program Cambridge, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice and professor for photography at the University for Arts and Design Karlsruhe.