The title refers to the measurement and representation of the geological time in which humans started to have a significant global impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems.
The word Anthropocene was coined by scientist and Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen at the turn of the millennium and is now widely used and adopted by the scientific community dealing with climate change.
It is however the significant essay “The Climate of History” of historian Dipesh Chakrabarty that inspired Van Hove to travel to the most remote island of the Northern hemisphere.
It deals with the juxtaposition of human history with that of natural history and puts forward the claim that due to the anthropogenic explanations of climate change the humanist distinction between these two histories is collapsing.
Chakrabarty questions how the climate crisis is of influence to our notion of historical understanding; to see human history as a geological time is aligning human time with natural time.
It is with this in mind that Van Hove took his photographs in which we see a 'measuring' tool consisting of a wooden tripod of the Theodolite of his late grand-father, a pendulum from a broken clock of his grand-mother and a human femur bone he collected on the shores of the Yssyk Koul lake in Kirghizistan in 2008.
These personal belongings were rearranged by placing the bone on top of the tripod...
Fluxus in latin, flux, current is a form of Total Art, which gathers numerous artistic languages and brings about the idea of a possible identity between art and life. Born at the beginning of the nineteen sixties from a will to bridge the gap between the two, the movement makes an attempt at infringing on pre-established categories, because “ everything is art and art should be about mundane things, should be fun and accessible to all. ” 2
Through his sensitive and poetic vision, Mohamed larbi Rahhali invents, creates and recreates various universes, giving us the opportunity to see the world as he perceives it. He conveys his ideas through symbols and signs, once playing on collective memory, or on different value systems: the modern subject appears in multiple spaces that could be identified as anthropological, a small world in itself, a synopsis of Creation.
Mohamed Larbi draws inspiration from the real world around him. From the school painting begins a research, where the artist tries to understand, experiment, in order to extract explanatory elements, not of...