Day and Night have been complementing each other since our species exists, however, with the invention of artificial light this correlation lost its convergence, as darkness remains just a rare phenomenon in our modern life. Through my project I attempt to depict this state of perpetual exposure to light, where night becomes just an extension of the day.
As powerful, earth shaping forces have been relatively steady from the previous ice age, human societies were able to flourish, and culture was born due to the mild climate. Remnants of these forces, volcanos and glaciers serve as relics of a previous hostile age. These natural monuments have turned into tourist attractions and nature reserves visited and admired by people. However, tourists are not just passive spectators of these sceneries, but they also actively transform them (humans have equally become able to shape earth). My project focuses on these landscapes which represent the connection between culture (which made humans powerful enough to manipulate the environment) and our planet. As the slightest change in these forces can have devastating consequences for humanity my work highlights the exposure of our culture to natural forces.
In response to the damaged flora and fauna, the concept of ecological restoration has become a necessity in the recent decades. The intention of these projects is to restore disturbed or damaged natural habitats to their original states. Despite their unquestionable successes, they point out important underlying tendencies in the attitudes of humans seeking to dominate nature. These recreated ecosystems are arguably artificial because of the human involvement in their creation, as some environmental philosophers suggest (Eric Katz; Robert Elliot). Accordingly, reconstructed landscapes can be interpreted as the continuation of humans’ endeavour to alter the environment.