La Zona

Year: 2012 Type: Print publication Languages: German, English Price: 19.00 € Format: 14 x 20 cm, softcover, 2 volumes Scope: 192 p., 20 images, b/w ISBN: 978-3-938515-49-5

La Zona identifies different categories of “zone”. The main reference is the zone in Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker – a territory that is at once enclosed and abandoned, deadly and healing, unpredictable, and always changing. Filmed seven years before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Stalker is in retrospect considered as an anticipation of this catastrophe and its consequences. La Zona constructs a science fiction narrative out of the polymorphic reality of the “zone” as well as the fractured idea of progress and enlightenment.

The contributions examine differently defined “zones” in an experimental way, dealing with themes such as ecology und the environment, technology and nuclear power, politics, pop culture, and urban development – and with the ambivalence of mankind’s handling of disastrous events and their repercussions. While the catalogue documents the exhibition and the artistic contributions, the index combines a Stalker(-like) photographic series with a subjective selection of terms, people, objects, events and historical as well as contemporary references.

Ed.: nGbK

Work group: Sandra Bartoli, Michael Danner, Ulrike Feser, Silvan Linden, Florian Wüst

With contributions by: Ulrike Feser, Sandra Bartoli, Silvan Linden, Florian Wüst

Participants: Büro für Konstruktivismus, Michael Danner, Katja Davar, Amin Farzanefar, Kim Feser, Ulrike Feser, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Ralf Homann, Ins A Kromminga, Tara Mahapatra, Steven Matheson, Chris McGrane, Esther Neumann, Lina Selander, Dylan Spaysky, Charles Stankievech, Ashok Sukumaran, Florian Wüst, Daniel Young & Christian Giroux