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Soren Thilo funder
Anti-Optimistic Earthquake Scenario
Experimental fiction | hdv | color | 18'45'' | Denmark | 2015
ANTI-OPTIMISTIC EARTHQUAKE SCENARIO 2015, HD Video, 18’45 During the 1755 Lisbon earthquake Voltaire and Ted Kaczynski meets in a cold war bunker outside Copenhagen to engage in reflections on the future of mankind in the face of disaster. Voltaire recites parts of his poem about the devastating earthquake that nearly completely destroyed Lisbon. With its tens of thousands of victims it became one of the deadliest in history and had a strong influence on the development of the philosophy of Enlightenment. Also known as the “Unabomber”, Ted Kaczynski conducted a series of terrorist attacks motivated by a fight against the disastrous effects of industrial society in the name of freedom and nature. He lived alone in a cabin in the Montana mountains without electricity for nearly 20 years. He now returns to his past in Mathematics working intensively on the theories of the Zeeman Disaster Machine, a small device build to visualize the unpredictable jumps of the Cusp Catastrophe, the sudden disturbance of a stable situation.
Soren Thilo Funder’s works are formal investigations of the power relations of modern day society. Through the use of conceptual visual strategies, cinematic narratives and mise en scène, the works aim to expose the precariousness of contemporary society using fiction to generate new potential spaces for political contemplations and counter-memory. Soren Thilo Funder has an MA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and The School of Art and Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been an artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, SOMA in Mexico City, Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt and Platform Garanti in Istanbul. He was represented at the 19th Biennale of Sydney, 1st Copenhagen Art Festival, eva International Biennial of Visual Art - “After The Future”, 12th Istanbul Biennial, 2nd International Moscow Biennial for Young Art, Manifesta 8 – Parallel Events and 6th International Liverpool Biennial. Upcoming shows include solo presentations at Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia and Overgaden – Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as an artist-in-residence project at ISCP in New York City.