In conjunction with the fifth Ars Electronica exhibition "Human Factor – Endless Prototyping" at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum, artist Liam Young, a member of the nomadic design research studio Unknown Fields Division, talks with Jan Kage from FluxFM about his currently exhibited work "Rare Earthenware" and his artistic practice in general. Developed based on a commission from the Victoria and Albert Museum, "Rare Earthenware" traces the roots of global supply chains for modern technologies to the mines where the raw materials are extracted in the form of rare earth metals.
In English. Admission is free.
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Unknown Fields Division (UK/AU) is a nomadic design research studio headed by Kate Davies and Liam Young. They venture out on expeditions to the ends of the earth to survey forgotten landscapes, industrial ecologies and endangered wilderness. These remote landscapes – spectacular and ignored, excavated, irradiated and pristine terrains – are embedded in global systems that connect them in surprising and complicated ways to our everyday lives. The studio uses film and animation to chronicle this network of hidden stories and re-imagine the complex and contradictory realities of the present as a site of strange and extraordinary futures. used the media of film and animation to track in this landscape interwoven narratives a network of hidden stories and record and think about the complex and contradictory realities of the present new places as strange, extraordinary future scenarios.
Under the title "Human Factor – Endless Prototyping", some 30 international artists explore the conflict between the opportunities and risks of man-made progress. The group exhibition will be open at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum until August 27, 2016. "Human Factor – Endless Prototyping" features artworks that address the key issues and challenges of the digital age and reflect the human factor in the context of an increasingly engineered environment.