Human Animal Binary
The art installation Human Animal Binary shows four fragmented illustrations of animal species native to Tyrol, which are under the influence of climate change. The images of lynx, bee, kingfisher, and river trout are interlocked over 144 strips of glass in a cube-shaped space. As you walk around the sculpture, they dissolve into fragments of images and reassemble – like a constant coming into being and passing away of living creatures.
This artistic presentation is accompanied by a text on the biodiversity crisis in each case. Starting from the respective depiction, an arc is drawn to larger ecological contexts.
The installation made of glass, concrete and metal addresses a dilemma in which a large part of humanity finds itself: Human habitat largely contradicts coexistence with non-human animals. In order not to exceed the capacity limits of the planet and thus prevent the destruction of our living space, the fundamental act of renewing the foundations of civilization in dealing with the environment is needed.
The climate crisis makes it clear once again that our understanding of “nature” as something other, subordinate to us, has begun to crumble and a new design has become overdue.
Human/Animal Binary was designed to last. One day the installation will stand in a different social context: as a memorial that has come true or as a relic of a time that has been overcome.
Techniques / Materials: concrete casting, traditional stained glass techniques, float glass, aluminium, stainless steel
Weight: ~ 2000 kg
Dimensions: (LxWxH) ~150 x 150 x 230 cm
Funded by: Land Tirol
Selected by: TKI Tiroler Kultur-Initiativen
5k digitalfilm / Theresa Braun / Eisen Blasy / Fest / Manu Delago / Michael Gassebner / Clemens Gotsis / Nicolás Hafele / Isidor Happacher / Stefanie Kirschner / Myriam Kraml / Maite Mateo / Filmlicht Robert Mayr / Elisabeth Medicus / Gerhard Medicus / Markus Penz / Lucas Riccabona / Severin Sonnewend
• detailed project description (pdf)
• description for each animal (pdf)