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Earth calls

In the geological era anthropocene, human fingerprints are so far-reaching that the Earth is considered a man-made product. It breaks down what is left of the distinction between nature and culture.

 

In late summer 2014 I stood in Oslo's most humid basement and watched a strange landscape of grassy peaks. The basement was the small gallery NoPlace, and the landscape was artist Per Kristian Nygård's violent installation Not Red Green Goal. The artist had built a foundation consisting of dome-shaped constructions, loosened tons of soil over it, and let the grass sprout while the gallery was closed for the summer. The gallery owner's task was, in addition to welcoming the audience, to water the artwork several times a day – hence the lukewarm atmosphere. Nature came to the aid of art; the grassy tufts had optimal growing conditions in the hottest Norwegian summer. . .

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