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Towards No Earthly Pole

Julian Charrière - Towards No Earthly Pole
New monograph based on Julian Charrière's eponymous video work, for which he travelled to some of the most inhospitable areas of our planet like the Antarctic, Greenland and Iceland, as well as to extraordinary local topographies like the Rhône and Aletsch glaciers and Mont Blanc. His filmic journey takes him into historical dimensions of the history of science like the development of cultural media or the romanticism of the urge to explore and discover, as well as into issues of today: climate change and its impact on the global ecosystem.
Ever since his artistic beginnings, the Romandy-born artist Julian Charrière has been exploring changing nature and the role humans play in it. In the cinematic work Towards No Earthly Pole, he combines different ice landscapes of our planet into a sensual, poetic universe. The work relates to the current climate crisis through subjective engagement with the particular topography of glacial landscapes and the historical figure of the artist as adventurer, investigator, and explorer.
To realize the film, Charrière traveled with his team to some of the most inhospitable areas on Earth. He had already visited hard-to-access terrain for earlier projects—climbing the Indonesian volcano Tambora, or entering the restricted zones of nuclear test sites. All these places have in common a powerful historical, cultural, and geographic symbolism.
In his photographs, videos, and objects—exhibited at MASI Lugano, Aargauer Kunsthaus, and the Dallas Museum of Art, and proposed in this eponymous publication—the artist questions received notions and images regarding certain regions and "nature" more broadly. Such preconceptions are often misleading, especially in the case of places that are difficult to reach and known to us only from pictures. The artist appeals to our capacity to marvel at the world and encourages us to look for knowledge—but also, at times, be overwhelmed by the wonders of nature.

"I remember one stormy night crossing the Drake Passage toward Anctartica with Dehlia, on board the scientific vessel Akademik Sergey Vanilov. We were on the upper deck drinking some strong coffee and looking at the instruments on the bridge [. . .]. And then, at all once, a colossal iceberg broke out of the darkness in the beam of light, just for a brief instant. It was as if it was suspended in time before disappearing again into obscurity." —Julian Charrière
Julian Charrière (born 1987 in Morges, Switzerland) is a French-Swiss artist living and working in Berlin. He studied at ECAV (École cantonale d'art du Valais) and at the Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin, under the guidance of Olafur Eliasson. Charrière explores ideas of nature and its transformation over deep ecological as well as human historical time. Addressing pressing matters of ecological concern, his work frequently stems from fieldwork in remote locations with acute geophysical identities, such as volcanoes, ice fields, oil palm plantations, and undersea and radioactive sites. An ongoing reflection upon the mythos and politics of exploration in a globalized age is central to his practice. Working across media and conceptual paradigms, Charrière frequently collaborates with composers, scientists, engineers, art historians, and philosophers. His work often provokes, inviting critical reflection upon cultural traditions of perceiving, representing, and engaging with the natural world.
Edited by Dehlia Hannah.
Texts by Francesca Benini, Amanda Boetzkes, Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Dehlia Hannah, Scott MacKenzie & Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Shane McCorristine, Nadim Samman, Katrin Weilenmann; conversation between Julian Charrière, Dehlia Hannah, and Konrad Steffen.
published in January 2021
bilingual edition (English / German)
17,1 x 28,5 cm (softcover)
306 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-6749-434-7
EAN : 9788867494347
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