13 - 30 Nov 2019
Opening Night | Thursday 14 Nov, 6pm–8pm
The exhibition is a set of tutorials, offering a critical ’didactic’ of approaching nature through digital interface. It operates through tensions between the idyllic representations of nature and its inherent artificiality. Through three projections of ’How to Meditate with Nature’, the viewer is immersed in the world of digital landscapes. Each video corresponds to a different space of meditation: home, outside, work. Yet all of them emphasise the non-specificity of the representations of nature, guiding the viewer towards a place that does not exist.
The videos are paired with "How to Create a Tree", a drawing made by following the cursor in a YouTube tutorial on how to create a tree in a 3D graphics program. The visual chaos of the drawing is to contrast the idyllic landscapes of the videos, adding a certain tension to the „meditations".
’How to Meditate with Nature’ is a video referencing the availability of self improvement and quick fix meditations online, inspired by the visual style of software tutorials. Drawing on Taoist philosophy of unification of the body and mind, I created an environment where the virtual and the real have merged, where sensual experience and internal states are visualized by the objective representations of interface. The virtual world loses its virtuality (or the real one its realness), when we can't contrast them. In a time of ecological crisis, the interface becomes an illusion of control.
The other work is „How to Create a tree”, which is a drawing made by following the cursor in a YouTube tutorial on how to create a tree in a 3D graphics program. The movement of the human hand is here the creating, yet dominating force, exercising its power to conjure up a tree in only 20 minutes. Through the materialization of a virtual process, the purely physical aspect of constructing virtual reality, and, especially, virtual nature, is emphasized.
What remains when the mimetic quality of representation of nature is removed? Could the act of peeking through the surface of representation reveal anything about our relationship with nature?
Born in 1994 in Warsaw. Zuza Banasinska worked as a literary translator and studied History of Art and Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University before enrolling at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow in 2015. She also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in the class of Hito Steyerl as part of an exchange program. Her works have been shown in Berlin, Cracow, Warsaw, Venice, Kassel, Karlsrühe, Bogota, Moscow, St. Petersburg, St. Louis, Boston and others. She works predominantly in the mediums of photography and video. She lives and works in Berlin.
IMAGES | Zuza Banasinska, How to meditate with nature, film still, 2017 | Zuza Banasinska, exhibition landscape visualization, 2018 | Courtesy the artist.