Some artists, designers and landscape gardeners have diverted energy from its primary function to explore its aesthetic potential.
Gina Pane has deflected rays of sunlight, Lilian Lijn has experimented with light’s kinetic energy, and Lisa Ouakil has turned industrial infrastructures into flamboyant abstract landscapes. Others, like Julie Freeman, who has created a sculpture that turns urine into electricity, have tried to convert energy into art. Certain works highlight our material and symbolic relationship to the living world, like the bottles of cleaning products with synthetic fragrances that imitate natural flowers by Suzanne Husky or the Fukushima beaches by Rebekka Deubner. These works urge us to “sit with the discomfort” caused by new anthropogenic ecosystems.
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