Anthropocene Project – Art Gallery of Ontario

 

Anthropocene- Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. (Oxford Dictionary)

The idea was popularised by Nobel Prize winner Paul Jozef Crutzen 

A picture can tell a thousand story, be intelligible and have a colossal impact. It speaks louder than any politician or some extensive report for that matter.  How many times we genuinely were interested in learning about climate change and the environmental dangers, however as soon as we see long paragraphs, we fall into “too long didn’t read it” reaction.

Bringing awareness to environmental problems is difficult to let alone tackle them. Nevertheless, knowing about it and educating the public in an uncomplicated approach is smart. “The Anthropocene” exhibition is the creative project produced by Nicholas de Pencier, documentary director, producer, and director of photography; Edward Burtynsky, one of the world’s most respected photographers and Jennifer Baichwal, director and producer of documentaries. Together, they have simplified the scientific research using virtual reality, augmented reality, film, superb and inspiring post-industrial art to examine the human influence on the earth.

The Canadian master photographer of industrial landscapes, Burtynsky, has captured surreal shots some from satellite or aerial views indicating the widespread harm caused by human activities. Deforestation, dense human settlements, heaps of garbage or existing and potential repercussions of unknown and ignored exploitation of our precious cosmic real estate.

An exhibition, not to be missed, that unveils how we consume the natural resources of our planet and how we dispose of the waste. Learning about “the human signature on earth”, disturbs and gives the motivation to care about the earth. It runs till January 6 in Art Gallery of Ontario and February 24, 2019, at National Gallery of Canada.

Dandora Landfill - Plastics Recycling, Nairobi, Kenya

Dandora Landfill – Plastics Recycling, Nairobi, Kenya

Phosphor Tailings Pond near Lakeland, Florida, USA

Phosphor Tailings Pond near Lakeland, Florida, USA – the unnatural colour of a phosphor tailings pond in Florida due to pollution (Phosphor is essential for industrial agricutlure)

These large tetrapods will be used to create seawalls and protect shorelines. Each one can weigh up to 80 tons. Tetrapods allow water to flow around them and prevent coastal erosion, a serious global threat. This form of seawall now covers approx 60 per cent of China coastline. Made of concrete, tetrapods are technofossils- human-produced objects that cannot naturally decompose, another geological marker of the anthropocene.

These large tetrapods will be used to create seawalls and protect shorelines. Each one can weigh up to 80 tons. Tetrapods allow water to flow around them and prevent coastal erosion, a serious global threat. This form of seawall now covers approx 60 per cent of China coastline. Made of concrete, tetrapods are technofossils- human-produced objects that cannot naturally decompose, another geological marker of the Anthropocene.

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Nigeria, poor communities have begun pirating crude oil from the pipelines through a process known as ‘bunkering’. Volumes of crude and toxic by-products are leaked through this process into the surrounding forests and waterways.

 



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