Hall of Half-Life
Dent-de-Leone
$8.00
Hall of Half-Life
Dent-de-Leone
$8.00
Buried deep in the ground, nuclear waste will remain radioactive for thousands of years to come. Will future generations recognise today’s nuclear waste disposal sites for what they are? What materials and messages could survive even if exposed to changing times and the evolution of life? Today testimonies of the past often pose conundrums, with natural and man-made objects accruing meaning which is both evidenced and imagined, that reflects the changing knowledge and ideologies of human populations.

Hall of Half-Life confronts us with an evolution of forms, meaning and language, presenting artworks in the maelstrom of a changing current of planetary and geological impact, whose force can only be imagined in the nascent Anthropocene age. The majority of the works on show were specially commissioned, with the artists digging for the bones of the past, envisioning the erstwhile coral reefs on which modern-day Graz stands, listening to the stories linked to supposedly banal everyday objects, or inspecting ancient relics and even bog bodies. Hall of Half-Life explores the terrain of those marks, carriers of meaning, monuments, ruins and wastelands that can be seen as inscriptions of the modern age.

Texts by: Lara Almarcegui, Stéphane Béna Hanly, Simon Boudvin, Gerard Byrne, Regina de Miguel, Mikala Dwyer, Geoffrey Farmer, Harun Farocki, Peter Galison, Robb Moss, Mikhail Karikis, Sam Keogh, Jean-Luc Moulène, Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan, and Ulla von Brandenburg.

Editor: Tessa Gibblin, steirischer herbst
Design: Åbäke
Year: 2015
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 12.4 x 18.6 cm
Cover: Softcover with dust cover
ISBN number: 978-1-907908-27-9
Language: English/German