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After Abundance

AFTER ABUNDANCE TRANSPORTS VISITORS INTO AN ALPINE LANDSCAPE PILLAGED BY CLIMATE CHANGE, WHERE HUMAN INGENUITY OFFERS THE KEY TO SURVIVAL.

The Austrian installation, After Abundance, gives a glimpse of life in a country contending with the stark realities of climate change. “The uncertainty in facing climate change triggers fear, anger and the feeling of helplessness,” says curator Thomas Geisler. “It’s something we have little control over as individuals; but collectively we can find inventive ways to deal with these challenges.” Visitors will enter a typical Austrian farmhouse. They can hear raindrops on the roof and a radio report about poisoned rain. A disassembled drone lies on the dining table, among other objects gesturing at everyday life in this speculative future. “Visitors will notice a gap in a walled-off space, a pink glow, a low hum, and the clinking of glassware hinting towards something brewing behind a closed door,” says designer Anab Jain. “A rhythm of drums and cowbells draw closer and grow louder, beastly shadows emerge and loom on the floors and surfaces.” As the journey progresses, visitors are confronted with life-sized figures spraying water to replenish a melting glacier, while the sounds of howling wind and cracking ice echo across the space. “The installation shows how local communities face down new challenges with tradition and technology using craft and cunningness to thrive in an altered landscapes,” says Jain. “We want visitors to leave with the realisation that beyond the fear caused by such turbulence, there lies hope, and an opportunity for transformative action.”

Credits:
 
  • Administering Body: The Austrian Federal Chancellery / Section II – Art and Culture
  • Design Team: Studio Design Investigations: Catalina Gomez Alvarez, Ali Kerem Atalay, Julia Brandl, Sophie Falkeis, Carmen Farr, Lang Fei, Sarah Franzl, Laura Hoek, Fabio Hofer, Catherine Hu, Ege Kökel, Felix Lenz, Lucy Li, Mia Meusburger, Anna Neumerkel, Simon Platzgummer, Bernhard Poppe, Isabel Prade, Ula Reutina, Maximilian Scheidl, Florian Semlitsch, Lisi Sharp, Silvio Skarwan, Agnieszka Zagraba. Led by Professor Anab Jain and Team: Stefan Zinell, Nikolas Heep, Matthias Pfeffer, Peter Knobloch, Bernhard Ranner, Justin Pickard
  • Partners: section.a, abc works, Bueronardin
  • Curator: Thomas Geisler
  • Supporting Bodies: Werkraum Bregenzerwald, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Land Vorarlberg, Vorarlberg Tourismus, Vienna Business Agency, Austrian Cultural Forum London, Geyer & Geyer