VIER

We did an interview with Marlon Nicolaisen, Johannes Thiel and Martha Plättner. You can see their installation VIER at our exhibition UTOPIE.

What does your utopia look like?
In our utopia space between human beings becomes rather non-existent and its communication structure transcendent, which means, consciousness becomes one.

This belief is based on the Gaia Hypothesis, which says that earth and its biosphere can be seen as one organism. Everything is connected; all kinds of issues between human beings and all living creatures would vanish because every individual organism would be perfectly aware of the fact that it is just a small part of the whole body, which means it is supposed to work together. Comparing and fighting were of no value since it would be a fight against oneself. Our Project deals with the idea of human connections within a society where individuality does not exist.

What makes your artwork utopian?
We tried to visualize this idea by means of 3D-renderings that, in an abstract way, highlight the connectedness. We have the opinion that it is not possible to visualize an utopia directly,  since this utopia would be only something of the past, a thought-process tried to be visualized. Thus it was far more important for us to evoke a feeling for this utopia, rather than illustrating it as such. That’s why we created an Installation which makes our abstract ideas in 3D, visually alive. The object and the mist are able to evoke more feelings, than something flat. And pointing at something through emotion might have a much deeper effect than trying to express it one-on-one.

Why do we need Utopia?
Psychologically seen it’s obvious that we create utopias, because we are afraid of facing the unknown, a future that might harm us. Utopias still the mind and trigger hope. Do we need utopias? We don’t know. But they give us fictional answers to things we will never know. Maybe it would be much more effective, maybe things changed radically, if we were able to accept the unknown without creating an image of a future. This image-making is a natural suppression process. Despite that, utopias might give us energy, they make us believe in things such as religion, political change, revolutions, they might give us ideas on how to change the present.