NATURE & POLITICS by Thomas Struth

ドイツ人アーティスト、トーマス・シュトゥルート(Thomas Struth)の作品集。同名の展覧会(2016)に伴い出版され、展示された30作品を含む65作品を収録。1978年から2010年の作品を集約した回顧展以降に作者が撮影した写真で構成されており、近年の作品を最も広範囲に網羅しているといえる一冊。作者は、建築・ポートレート・風景、最近では科学技術研究所など、それぞれ異なる分野においてその場単体のイメージを独自の視点で作り上げるスタイルで知られて、本書では作者にとって今最も重要とされる研究テーマ「テクノロジーと建造的な風景」を表現する為、徹底的に自身の持つ多様な問い、疑問を追求している。物理学研究所や、製薬工場、宇宙ステーション、造船所、核施設、手術室といった、技術産業や科学的な研究が生み出した場所を撮影。特に現代社会において革新的とされている機器や、人類の英知を結集したような建造物を選んでいる。このような被写体を写した作品は、構造的な複雑性の記録を通して革新や実験の美学とは何かを探り、先進的な技術が及ぼす目に見えない支配力や影響力の構造を示唆している。

This catalogue accompanies a museum exhibition of the latest work of German artist, Thomas Struth. The touring show focuses on photographs Struth has made since his last major retrospective, which covered the years 1978–2010. The catalogue comprises 65 works (plus details) and includes all of the 30 works in the exhibition to create the most comprehensive book of Struth’s recent work. Thomas Struth is renowned for his practice of creating singular images, each within strictly segregated subject fields: architecture, portraiture, landscape and, most recently, sites of technological and scientific research. Nature & Politics explores in depth diverse strands of Struth’s enquiry, whilst also elaborating the interstices between them, to present the most significant current monograph of the artist’s work. In recent years technology and the constructed landscape have become overarching subjects for Struth. Photographing at sites of techno-industrial and scientific research, including physics institutes, pharmaceutical plants, space stations, dockyards, nuclear facilities and operating theatres – he has focused on machines which are some of the transformative instruments of our contemporary world, and edifices of technological production where the heights of human knowledge are enacted, debated and advanced. These works explore the aesthetics of innovation and experimentation through the recording of structural complexities and allude to the hidden structures of control, power and influence exerted by advanced technologies. In the same period, Struth was working on two quite distinct projects. The first was Disneyland, a theme park which was famously constructed by reference to Walt Disney's memories of his trips across Europe, transforming the passive experience of watching and of fantasy into a latent reality in California. Struth was attracted to this ultimate human-crafted environment, where technology has facilitated the materialisation of images from Walt Disney's imagination. The second project was the contested landscape of Israel and Palestine where Struth created a series of images which collapsed his strict subject fields, producing urban landscapes, portraits, landscapes and photographs of technology. Each photograph is a fragment which attempts to grasp the circumscribed reality of a region where coexistence has failed. Struth seeks, in his own words, “to open the doors to what our minds have materialised and transformed into sculpture and to scrutinise what our contemporary world has created in places which are not accessible to most people.” His images penetrate and report on the material spaces of the human imagination, and they are born from an accelerated moment when technology and the image industry have brought physical reality and the imagination closer together.

by Thomas Struth

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softcover 
214 pages
240 x 350 mm
color
2016

published by MACK