ARKADIA by Jan Herdlicka

Our resident artist Jan Herdlicka delivers another series which translates urban vision into a photographic method - and brilliantly so.
20 Oct ’16 by Jan Herdlicka Architecture, Other

The tale of Arkadia goes back to the ancient mythology of the Hellenes.

As the place of a Golden Age it was meant to offer people a life in idyllic nature apart from societal pressure and tedious work.
Summarizing the influence Western culture exercised on human beings during the last couple of hundreds of years, humanity could not have gotten any farer from this state of embeddedness into nature and its possible benefits.

At the beginning of the 21. century, the culturally induced dichotomy of humans and nature led us to a historic turning point where two contrasting societal developments become visible.

One is based on the idea of self-reflecting on the defectiveness this greed-driven process has on our collective well-being, and emphasizes on the re-establishment of our sensitiveness towards natural processes and sustainability.

The other one seems to be tending towards a continuing alienation of humans and nature by the means of technological gear – such as VR devices.

In 2016 it is hard to tell where our relationship with nature will end up.

The only thing that seems to be obvious is that in times of Anthropocene, the awareness of holistic interrelations between humans and nature has to replace any dichotomous thinking. As humanity cannot entirely turn back the clock of industrialization, the concept of a fertile hybridization of technology and nature is likely what our future will be based on.

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