THE WORLD AFTER: CONVERSATION PIECES
What will the post-Covid-19 world look like?
Oude Kerk invited 16 artists to respond to questions raised by the pandemic. Their contributions, in the form of short films are online on oudekerk.nl and will be screened at the Oude Kerk from 19 September.
Marinus Boezem responded to the following question:
«Is it possible to live on Earth without controlling nature?»
The resulting film shows the Vitruvian Man: Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous drawing, based on the principles of the Roman architect Vitruvius. This drawing came to symbolize Humanism, in which man is central. Boezem: «The image expresses the promise of malleability, the creation of a new world. I see the Vitruvian Man as a logo of the Renaissance, this moment when people started to view the world in a new way. As an artist of our own time, I opposed the image by letting nature overgrow it. Man is not only ratio or machine, but always functions in conjunction with nature. That is what the world will look like after corona: we will no longer experience and use nature in the same way.»
Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
screened at the museum: 19 September 2020 – 3 January 2021
Photo: Marinus Boezem, still video “THE WORLD AFTER”, Naar Leonardo da Vinci, 1490-2020. Courtesy the artist