»Dritte Landschaft / Third Landscape«
New photography exhibition in the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum: Berlin photographer Volker Kreidler presents 30 monochrome photographs in an exhibition titled “Dritte Landschaft / Third Landscape”. They were taken in the exclusion zone around the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl. The enquiring, artistic pictures impart a sense of nature returning. The project was developed in cooperation with art historian Tetiana Sokolnykova. The exhibition runs from July 22 to October 26, 2017. Admission is free.
The exhibition presents photographs of a thriving, self-regenerating ecosystem which is reclaiming the environment abandoned by humans in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Volker Kreidler explains.
Scientists have identified new cell formation strategies at the site, such as methods of compensating for increased radiation, and other, sometimes paradoxical developments in the gene pool. Kreidler approaches the subject through the lens of his own perspective, through personal experience, as a visual explorer.
But the exhibition also raises questions of a more general nature. How does human intellect perceive nature? How is this used to generate knowledge? Volker Kreidler‘s approach is very much in the tradition of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt: observing, collating, and analytically interpreting. The exhibition encompasses large-format photographs, microscopic close-ups, and herbaria.
The beginning of the photography exhibition coincides with the opening of the Ars Electronica exhibition featuring, among others, Swiss artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger. She presents drawings of mutated insects and bugs that she found around the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl and elsewhere. Like Volker Kreidler with his photographs, she too approaches the theme of “Third Landscape” with an observing and enquiring eye.
DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum
The Volkswagen Group Forum DRIVE is the Group’s communication platform in Berlin. Opened in 2015, this is the first time that the Volkswagen Group has exhibited all twelve brands and Financial Services AG together anywhere in the world. The Forum is located in the Lindencorso building in the heart of the capital. DRIVE is the platform for mobility issues in the Group, which will be reflected in a range of brand and themed exhibitions with a comprehensive programme of supporting events. A variety of rooms equipped with the latest technology is available for meetings, conferences and discussions. The legendary Café Bauer, one of the first Viennese-style coffee houses in Berlin, once stood on the site of today’s Lindencorso building. The building was completely destroyed during the Second World War. The new Lindencorso building was then constructed on the site as a restaurant and office complex. The top floor also housed the GDR Academy of Building. The building was demolished again in 1993. The current Lindencorso building took three years to construct.
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