Arne Hendriks is an artist and researcher on human ecology. He explores the borders of specific cultural values that define our relationship with the planet. His projects include The Incredible Shrinking Man that researches if it is possible to downsize the human species to better fit the earth and Fatberg, the building of an island of fat. As regular Mediamatic collaborator he directed several projects to draw attention to our (sometimes twisted) relation with the planet and its resources, like Kool Abundance, The Starvation Experiment, and the building of a holy pigeon tower out of recycled newspapers.
Feral city pigeons have a bad reputation but that says more about us humans than it says about the pigeon. It's also a relatively recent perception. Throughout history, pigeons have always been highly valued, both for their incredible skills to find their way home, as well as for their meat and the quality of their droppings. Before the use of artificial fertilizers, pigeon excrement was indispensable, especially in the Middle-east, for food production. The monumental pigeon towers of Isfahan in Iran serve as an inspiration.
Come to his presentation and learn more about his view on the relation between humans and the earth, his challenging art-projects, and the pigeon towers that are currently under construction. (Tickets are free, but please RSVP to reserve a spot)
Friday 11th of December at 17:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam