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CAB Art Center presents "Notes on our equilibrium: A dialogue with the house of Jean Prouvé II"
Installation view. Photo: Courtesy CAB/Brandajs.

BRUSSELS.- The exhibition takes as a departure point the context in which the French architect and designer Jean Prouvé conceived his modular 6x6 Demountable House (1944): a Post-WWII traumatized climate, where a sense of urgency demanded immediate action for change and improvement of living conditions. He provided sustainable and ingenious solutions.

A paradigm shift has occurred since; even though the progresses and the promises of industrialization once were eagerly welcomed, today they have caused for a problematic shift in human respect towards its environment. Anno 2017, we can easily state that we live in a state of emergency. Economic and political conflicts aside, the ecological crisis is looming as a global threat that doesn't really receive the attention or action it is crying for. The institutionalized disregard for the limits to natural resources is infecting our presence on earth on a scale that cannot be reversed.

Across artworks that manifest themselves as natural phenomena dispersed throughout the exhibition space, Notes on our equilibrium aims to re-ignite consciousness and reflection regarding our impact on the ecosphere.

Works by Adrien Tirtiaux, Richard Long, Bea Fremderman and Edith Dekyndt express the transience of human existence within the larger scope of earth’s chronology. Additionally, unpredictable natural forces predominate our existence on earth, stressing our incapability of ever achieving complete control over this planet.

A denial hereof results in mankind’s pretentious conviction that nature can be artificially mimicked purely for our entertainment. Vaughn Bell, Stijn Demeulenaere and Carlos Irijalba explore the symptoms of this dysfunctional attitude towards nature.

The continuous struggle for power and control over natural resources is degenerating into an aggressive and invasive abuse. Large-scale industrial extraction processes for instance have become part of earth’s landscape, and pollution is only further contributing to this mutation, such as is expressed in works by Julian Charrière, Carlos Irijalba and Maarten Vanden Eynde.

Isabelle Andriessen, Tue Greenfort and Nicolas Lamas explore the age of the Anthropocene, notorious for human influence on the biosphere. Recent exponential automation is only further restructuring the power relations between mankind, nature and technology.

Notes on our equilibrium finally includes a cynical alternative by Alvaro Urbano, whose suggested parallel universe hints at the desire for a tabula rasa and a flight from the chaos that we created.

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