BOZAR, Ravenstein 23, Brussels
‘Our Impact on Ecosystems. Richard Mosse & Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’
This year, the STARTS Prize ’23 (European Prize for the best collaborations between Art, Science and Technology) focuses on climate change and our impact on the environment. The hybrid and poignant projects by Richard Mosse (Grand Prize for Innovative Collaboration) and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (Grand Prize for Artistic Exploration) demonstrate how technological and artistic innovations can be intertwined.
The exhibition, opening on the 30th of November, 2023, evolves around the human impact
on earthly ecosystem continually collapsing before our very eyes.
Both 2023 grand winning projects tackle the urging topic through different angles and perspectives, showing how complex our reactions and responses to it can be. While Richard Mosse shows how massive a scale our impact is and what immediate disasters the intensive industrial activities on ecosystems and on local people have, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, at another scale, proposes a digital and textile artwork (premiering in Bozar!) showing rather tangible solutions to biodiversity collapse – a technological response engaging citizens.
The exhibition is opening in the frame of the last “Nocturne” event of 2023 in Bozar: a condensé of late exhibition opening, performances, live music, drinks, and a festive mood.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (GB) is a multidisciplinary artist examining our fraught relationsh ips with nature and technology. Her work investigates the human impulse to “better” the world, exploring artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution. Ginsberg won the London Design Medal for Emerging Talent (2012), the Dezeen Changemaker Award (2019), and Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention, Interactive Art for Machine Auguries (2020). She has exhibited internationally, including at MoMA New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, the Centre Pompidou, the Royal Academy, and the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2022, Ginsberg launched her climate-positive artwork Pollinator Pathmaker, with commissions at the Eden Project (Cornwall) and Serpentine (London). In 2023, Ginsberg launches the first international Edition with LAS Art Foundation (Berlin).
Richard Mosse (1980, Ireland; based in New York) has consistently documented historically significant subjects using photographic media that foreground elements of these narratives. Mosse seeks to heighten and extend the language of documentary photography to draw attention to overlooked yet urgent conflicts, often with a critical emphasis on the limitations of photojournalism, an activist’s sense of purpose, and a belief in the power of aesthetics to communicate, creating immersive and groundbreaking new forms in documentary photography and the moving image. He was awarded the Prix Pictet (2017), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2014), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). His work has been exhibited at the Akademie der Künste, Barbican Art Gallery, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hayward Gallery, Louisiana Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Victoria, SFMOMA, and he represented Ireland at the 55th Venice Biennale.