The Nature Of Things No. 2


Still


2014, 03:43:19, 1080i50, color, sound


Commissioned by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and Nordstern Video Art Center Gelsenkirchen
 
The work
The Nature of Things II was conceived by Niklas Goldbach (b. 1973 in Witten, living in Berlin) for the n.b.k. exhibition Time Pieces at the Nordstern Video Art Centre in Gelsenkirchen. The video is based on his work The Nature of Things, which was shot in more than 3,5 hours in summer 2011 during one “white night” in Västerbotten, a rural area in the north of Sweden. In it you can see a uniformed figure, typical of Goldbach, tied to a tree in front of the sublime scenery of the Swedish landscape illuminated by the midnight sun. Based on the figure of Saint Sebastian, the artist explores the spectrum of human reactions – from fear and subjugation to rebellion, struggle and resignation. For the new work, Goldbach, who comes from the Ruhr area, has relocated the setting to the brown coal opencast mining area of Garzweiler. In front of the huge mine, which is still being exploited, the context of the work and the attitude of the protagonist are shifting and expanded by new epic questions concerning man and nature – nature created or destroyed by man.