Nature & Politics
We live in a time when science and technology are developing at warp speed. In his latest body of work, Thomas Struth asks us to consider what this rapid progress means for mankind.
His exhibition, Nature & Politics, draws together work taken between 2008 and 2013 from around the globe and encompasses wide fields of interest including technological systems, landscapes and museums. The title is intended as a “partly comical provocation,” says Struth, and pushes the viewer to examine complex constructs that are the product of human ambition. “Nothing that you see would be thinkable without nature but in everything you see, there is politics because there’s political strategies that impact you subconsciously,” Struth tells TIME.
In his techno-scientific images, Struth pulls back the curtain on research spaces usually kept from public view. He suggests that these images may appear “daunting.” They could also be interpreted as sinister. The mass of wires, tubes, pipes, circuits and cables reveal the internal organs of technological systems and are deliberately esoteric. “Post 60s, technology has had an increasingly big affect on us, but it is also becoming increasingly invisible,” says Struth. “While on the other hand, technical images like television screens get increasingly sharp and close to what the eye can see.”