Einen Riesigen Schwarm

Immersive installation: 6-channel sound, digitally printed banners, video animations, wall painting, 2019

Einen Riesigen Schwarm (A Giant Swarm), is a multi-channel narrative and sound experience embedded in an immersive multimedia installation of printed fabric banners, projections, wall paintings, and video works in various constellations. The piece is a kind of speculative science fiction envisioning new life forms that are adapting to live and thrive within a post-anthropocene environment shaped by pollution and anthropogenic climate change. The work is informed by extensive research into the emerging science around the proliferation of jellyfish in the oceans,

including case studies recording swarms of millions of jellyfish causing shutdowns of nuclear power plants when they've swum en masse into the waste water pipes and instances of jellyfish becoming completely self-sustaining (requiring no external food source) in contaminated waters, as well as poetic speculations about the specifics aspects of oceans transformed by human intervention that give rise to a new 'chthulucene' ecology. Darkly optimistic about unexpectedly thriving non-human lifeforms, the work offers an imaginary journey into a parallel existence, looking at the issue of human waste through the lens of non-human subjectivity. Two trailers of the sound piece are available.
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Acknowledgements
Narratives written and spoken by Gretta Louw with inspiration and quotes from: Victor Galaz, Lisa-ann Gerschwin, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Donna Haraway, Sabrina Imbler, Ursula Le Guin, Cixin Liu, John Muir, and Anna Tsing.
Sound arrangement by Gretta Louw with music by Chad Crouch, Dorian Luther, Podington Bear, and Szymon Pytel.
Installation photos by Gretta Louw and Katrin Petroschkat, with Barbara Herold.
Prizes
Visual Arts Prize from the Cultural Department of the City of Munich (2019). link
Exhibitions
Einen Riesigen Schwarm, solo exhibition, Digital Art Space (curated by Dr Karin Wimmer), Munich, Germany, 2019-2020. link