For some time now, science has been familiar with the term Anthropocene, referring to a geological era in which humans have become one of the most important factors influencing the physical processes of their home planet. At different locations across Europe and North America, Nikolaus Geyrhalter visits sites of underground excavation and opencast mining, spaces of development and upheaval, scenes of fundamental change and irreversible destruction. At Brenner Pass, a tunnel is being driven through what an engineer describes as “the flesh of the mountain” and another mountain is being carried out of the marble quarries of Carrara, while every effort is made to ensure that nothing is altered in a former salt mine at Asse contaminated with radioactive waste. Nikolaus Geyrhalter patiently records what is occurring. He shows the labour of the machines in the disintegrating landscapes and he hears what those active within have to say about their work and its potential significance.
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On the occasion of the evening screenings, the exhibition is open until 10 pm