URBAN DUALITY: REDUX · NATURE · PROCESS + FINAL IMAGE I
Cities are insular by design, the organic is in constant conflict with the inorganic, they were built to separate us from the elements and the natural world which is actively kept at a distance. However, it is from this natural world we were formed and during moments of uninterrupted stillness when we at times feel most connected to ourselves and our surroundings.
In this second part I aim to create doorways between these two worlds, to visually explore the complex relationship modern society has with nature through collage, how far we’ve advanced socially and technologically for better or worse, but also how far removed we now are from our origins, how we still long for these earthy roots.
FINAL IMAGE: I
An iconic scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey in which the appearance of a mysterious monolith left by unseen beings acts as divine inspiration by igniting our consciousness and dramatically speeding up the evolutionary process. Taking our ape ancestors from predominantly peaceful herbivores teetering on the edge of extinction and bringing them to the top of the food chain by awakening the capacity to create and use primitive technology, tools and weapons.
Starkly contrasted against advertisement monolith displays photographed today around a local shopping centre, transmitting all together different messages into the minds of our species within a landscape that highlights how far we’ve advanced but also how our priorities have grossly transformed and just how far removed we now are from the natural world.