Human Nature

Covid-19 pan¬≠de¬≠mic, cli¬≠ma¬≠te chan¬≠ge, envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal pol¬≠lu¬≠ti¬≠on and spe¬≠ci¬≠es extinc¬≠tion, all of which have been acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠ted by glo¬≠ba¬≠liz¬≠a¬≠ti¬≠on and an explo¬≠ita¬≠ti¬≠ve sys¬≠tem of pro¬≠duc¬≠tion and con¬≠sump¬≠ti¬≠on and have long sin¬≠ce beco¬≠me a pal¬≠p¬≠a¬≠ble reality‚ÄĒit has beco¬≠me ine¬≠vi¬≠ta¬≠ble to dis¬≠cuss the rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hip of humans and natu¬≠re. Humans have long felt safe in their sup¬≠po¬≠sed supe¬≠rio¬≠ri¬≠ty, put¬≠ting them¬≠sel¬≠ves abo¬≠ve natu¬≠re and its pro¬≠ces¬≠ses in a ges¬≠tu¬≠re of power and domesti¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on. With serious con¬≠se¬≠quen¬≠ces. A shift away from this human-cen¬≠te¬≠red per¬≠spec¬≠ti¬≠ve has long been cal¬≠led for, as well as a turn towards holistic views, becau¬≠se we are a part of natu¬≠re and its sys¬≠tem. If we des¬≠troy it, it will des¬≠troy us, too.

In its 2021 pro¬≠gram, D21 Artspace will dis¬≠cuss the rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hip of human and natu¬≠re from nume¬≠rous per¬≠spec¬≠ti¬≠ves in exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠ons, sym¬≠po¬≠sia, film scree¬≠nings, and inter¬≠ac¬≠ti¬≠ve for¬≠mats. This inclu¬≠des ques¬≠ti¬≠ons about human per¬≠spec¬≠ti¬≠ves on natu¬≠re as well as ques¬≠ti¬≠ons about sus¬≠tainab¬≠le pro¬≠duc¬≠tion and usage‚ÄĒalso in the art sys¬≠tem its¬≠elf. What solu¬≠ti¬≠ons to our eco¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal pro¬≠blems are imaginable?