International Group Exhibition

Surfacing Earth


Rosa Barba (IT), Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares (CH/BR), Bigert & Bergström (SE), Tiril Hasselknippe (NO), Marie Kølbæk Iversen (DK), Ferdinand Ahm Krag (DK), Astrid Myntekær (DK), Yasuaki Onishi (JP), Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley (USA/IE)

Röda Sten Konsthall is delighted to present Surfacing Earth; an international group exhibition featuring six artists and three artist collaborations whose practices reflect upon the changing awareness of landscape in the age of the Anthropocene.

Acknowledging that the Earth has entered a new geological epoch – the so-called era of the Anthropocene – humanity is today living within radically transformed landscapes. As the classic Modernist demarcations between culture/nature, urban/rural, interior/exterior, subject/object and natural/artificial have started to dissolve, new configurations of landscapes are appearing, not least caused by global climate change. Nature, man and technology have simply become overlapping entities – a fact which to a profound extend challenges humanity to move towards new and modified states of being.

Surfacing Earth comprises of both older works and newly commissioned pieces in the form of large scale and site-specific installation, video, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography. Contemplating the human experience on Earth from an aesthetic perspective, the artists in the exhibition negotiate these challenges by applying poetic, performative, scientific and even humoristic approaches to their work. For example, the audience is invited to imagine themselves inside the matter of a mountain, to witness the heroic gestures of rescuing snow from melting or saving an island from floating away, and to understand the Amazon rainforest as a living subject with legal rights of its own.

In considering the planet’s landscapes as prisms of experience, reflections of ideology, and embodiments of memory, Surfacing Earth seeks to provoke a new imaginative understanding of how we on an emotional and sensorial level relate to the transformed landscapes of the Anthropocene.

Surfacing Earth will be the second exhibition in Röda Sten Konsthall’s program on The Anthropocene, following the exhibition Tides of Time by Finnish artist group IC-98. The last exhibition will be a solo presentation by Turkish artist Pinar Yoldas opening in the Fall.

Curated by Aukje Lepoutre Ravn.

Bigert & Bergström,
The Freeze, 2016,
Röda Sten Konsthall 2016© Hendrik Zeitler

Installation view

Do you want to see more? You can see more images from the exhibition in our Flickr album. You can also find albums with photos from our other exhibitions on our Flickr.

To installation view

About the Anthropocene

We live in a time where it is becoming obvious that human activity over the last 200 years has changed the planet to such an extent that we are now living in a new geological era: The Anthropocene.

The term Anthropocene was coined in 2000 by the ecologist Eugene F. Stoermer and atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen, arguing that in the future, we will be able to trace the human imprint of today’s society in glaciers, rocks, oceans and sediment. Accelerating this development has been the exponential use of fossil fuels, the massively increased global population, heavy urbanization, rising carbon dioxide and methane gas levels, and the atomic bomb. As a direct result of these activities, we are now experiencing systematic degradation of natural environments and ecological systems on global and local scales. All of these events point to the fact that mankind has become a dominant geological force.

For the season of 2016 Röda Sten Konsthall has dedicated its exhibition program to interrogating the concept and notions of the Anthropocene. Through various artistic, aesthetic, philosophic and scientifically informed projects, Röda Sten Konsthall will present a series of exhibitions and programs including talks, screenings, seminars, workshops and performances that will address, discuss and question the conditions from which humanity understands and shapes its relationship with the planet Earth.

What does it mean to exist in an epoch dominated by humans? How do we adjust our environments, landscapes, cities and social communities in the face of the current ecological crisis? Have we made the Earth a better or worse place for us to live? What role can contemporary art play in the course of learning from the Anthropocene?

Support from

Yasuaki Onishi’s installation is supported by Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation



Pinar Yoldas