After us, the Flood
Receive insights into the thematic and artistic process behind the works and artists of the exhibition After us, the Flood. Every week KUNST HAUS WIEN releases a new video and visualises with these contributions the ecological effects of a growth-oriented economic system.
"A landscape picture is always somehow political and a propaganda tool. No matter whether it is for the tourism industry or to underpin political movements". Artist Michael Goldgruber produced a new artwork, especially for the exhibition After us, the Flood, and traveled to the Ötztal Alps in summer 2020. In the artist portrait for his work "Talschluss," Michael Goldgruber talks about his photography and illustrates the connection between his work process and the climate crisis.
The opposite would be to say: Not driven by one's advantage and to direct one's attention towards a world that is preserved and remains liveable. In autumn 2019, the artist Gabriele Rothemann travelled to Sólheimajökull, a glacier tongue in the south of Iceland, and photographed the almost monochrome landscape. In her black-and-white pictures, which formally remind us of photographs taken during polar expeditions in the 19th century, she places floating drift ice in the centre of the image. Iceland's glaciers are significantly affected by climate change, and melting has accelerated over the past twenty years. The first Icelandic glacier was officially declared dead in 2019. The frightening prognosis is that all the country's glaciers will have melted within 200 years. With miniatures about the disappearance, Gabriele Rothemann dedicates a subtle work to the glaciers threatened with extinction.
In his installation "Records of Loss", specially conceived for the exhibition, Axel Braun combines historical depictions of the glacier with visualizations of current glacier measurements and supplements these with his own photographic and film documentation, for which he accompanied geologists from the universities of Vienna and Graz, among others, during their fieldwork on the Pasterze. Some of Braun's photographs, for example, show the area cleared by the glacier since 1848 - only at second glance and in juxtaposition with historical sources do the landscape photographs reveal the fatal traces of human activity. By superimposing different images and the simultaneity of historical and contemporary content, the artist creates an overall picture of the Pasterze, making its cultural history spatially and associatively perceptible in the exhibition space.