With the work Globe, Kessler gives artistic form to her thoughts about climate change and the rapidly growing earth population. The initial darkness in the video gets gradually pierced by small luminous dots. With the continuous increase of these light phenomena, more and more of the image‘s content can be deciphered. The more light is falling through the holes, the more of the actual setting becomes visible - the aestheticized image of the ‚stars‘ twinkling in the dark gets expanded to include a person with a soldering iron. This person burns so many holes into the initially black globe that it finally disintegrates.
From the Series Earthly Matters:
At the height of global capitalism, we continue to consume,
produce and live in a world that cannot regenerate at nearly
the same speed. The body of work Earthly Matters defines
our scope of action within this scenario as a space for imagination.
Simone Kessler‘s current works from installations and
sculptures to film, photographs and drawings. Each work is
dedicated, in its way, to central questions: Which problems do
we have to face today? Which other images of tomorrow are
already possible? How can we think them together? To use the
last words of a science fiction trilogy by Octavia E. Butler: How
can we sow them into fertile soil?
Earthly Matters is a body of work since 2019