AFTER ALL - THE CULTURE OF NATURE, ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE, PART 2 After All - The culture of nature, Archeology of the future by Imke Woelk The video shows an archive of sculptures made of various plastic materials, that were found on the seashore and compares them with archaeological and cultural artefacts from early civilizations to the present day. The objects are varied by quotes of different authors, historians and natural scientists, who talk about the future of humankind. The global economic system does not serve any more the needs of the ‘human family’. Further economic concepts and more control will not solve the growing crisis. Although, without being aware, we already are at the begin of a new era. A long spiritual winter is ending and with every increasing beauty a dynamic cure (change) is happening. We need new and creative options for a coexistence between nature and society. The plastic pieces found on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea consist mainly of plastic polymers such as polyvinyl chloride (commonly abbreviated PVC), polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). These plastic finds are considered as exponents of a bygone era, that has conveyed an incredible lot of waste. On the other hand, these sad relicts with their destructive energy own a sculptural strength and beauty. This paradox plays in an ironic way with the values and concepts of western art history.
Imke Woelk studied Fine Arts at the Braunschweig University of Arts and architecture at the Braunschweig University of Technology and at the Università Iuav di Venezia. Work as an architect in the studios of Massimiliano Fuksas, Rome and William Alsop, London (1993–97). Foundation of the architectural studio IMKEWOELK + Partner with Martin Cors (1997). Rome Prize of Villa Massimo, one of the most important awards for German artists (2003). Visiting professor at Duksung University, Seoul, teaching of exhibit design and scenography (2005- 09). Doctorate at Technical University of Berlin under Finn Geipel and Andres Lepik for the thesis about the use of the New National Gallery in Berlin by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (2010). Research scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation (2015). Member of Advisory Board on Art in the areas of architecture and urban planning by the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs (2015). Imke Woelk’s research is focusing on the creation and interpretation of concrete spaces. On a practical level she takes on the conception and realisation of design- and architectural projects. On a theoretical level she develops critical positions by means of research, exhibition and publications on the subjects: urbanisation and nature, flexibility and time, ecology and material.