FACING GAÏARadenko Milak & Roman Uranjek
26 April – 15 June 2018
Christine König Galerie, Wien
In Facing Gaïa - which follows the University of Disaster as a sort of case study - Radenko Milak presented a new series of work in collaboration with the artist Roman Uranjek. The title of the exhibition – which took place at Christine König Galerie in 2018 – was borrowed from the recent book Facing Gaïa. Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime (2017) by philosopher and science sociologist Bruno Latour: “He who looks at the Earth as a Globe always sees himself as a God. If the Sphere is what one wishes to contemplate passively when one is tired of history, how can one manage to trace the connections of the Earth without depicting a sphere?”. Global warming, by its magnitude, paradoxically invites the artists to reinvent history.
The exhibition was composed by three different artworks:
1. Dates for a Subjective Timeline of the Climate Change consists of about thirty works, including composite works that confront Radenko Milak’s black and white watercolors with Roman Uranjek’s cross motif collages. Each of the works refers to important historical events that reflect the relationship between the humanities and climate. It is positioned facing an installation inspired by TIME Magazine covers, dedicated to the stakes of global warming from the 1970s to the present day.
2. The three-channel-projection From The Far Side of the Moon – which was already exhibited during the University of Disasterexhibition at the Bosnian Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 – with original music by Gaël Rakotondrabe, shows sections of landscapes in which the natural movements of water, air, smoke, plants or living creatures flow one after another.
3. Orbis Terrarum sive Sphaere sive Deus sive Natura is a huge installation polyptich by Radenko Milak, referring to Bruno Latour’s lecture The Anthropocene and the Destruction of the Globe, inspired by Peter Sloterdijk’s Spherology.