The international research, exhibition and online project World of Matter investigates raw materials and the complex ecologies of which
they are a part. A multiyear endeavor, it was initiated by a group of
artists, photo journalists and theorists who propose to expand public
discourse about resources, especially given the ever more privatized
nature of the actual resources and of the knowledge about the powers
that control them. The exhibition presents aesthetic and ethical
approaches to the handling of resources, while challenging the
anthropocentric assumption that the planet’s matter is primarily a
resource for human consumption.
The artworks on display are the result of extensive field research, addressing
many situations of heightened material significance: gold
mining in Brazil, oil extraction from Canada’s tar sands, rice and
cotton growing in Southeast Asia, land reclamation in Egypt, fishery
in the North Sea, the sugar trade in Nigeria and coal mining in the
Ruhr. World of Matter brings these territories, actors, and ideas into
contact in order to stimulate a variety of potential readings about the
global connectivity among these sites.
The Dortmund exhibition is scheduled to travel in 2014 – 15 to partner
institutions in New York, Montreal, Minneapolis and Stockholm.
Uwe H. & Frauke Huber
Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer
Emily Eliza Scott
Lonnie wan Brummelen & Siebren de Haan