An installation EXHALE by the Danish artist Troels Sandegård will be exhibited at the gallery SUPERNOVA and its surroundings in Riga’s Old Town as of March 26th.The exhibition is included in the CO2 E-Race Riga series of events with the aim to increase public awareness in the Baltic States about the global climate crisis, exhibiting possible solutions with the help of the latest technologies.
The exhibition-installation EXHALE was created by the Danish artist Troels Sandegård. It encourages us to look into the ways how nature and climate issues are dealt with in the language of contemporary art. The artist hopes to ignite a discussion about ecology by depicting the interaction between art and nature, man-made facilities and their natural surroundings, the artificial and the natural, art and the urban space – all of which are extremely hot topics in the times of climate change.
The installation consists of a framework of ventilation pipes, a fan transporting air and sound waves within the gallery’s premises as well as outside, “drawing” images out of the airborne fungi on special glass plates located in the premises.
Nowadays, when being aware that the global climate crisis is not just an empty phrase, we should ask the following: Is our ventilation equipment used efficiently? Do we unnecessarily open the windows to air the rooms when it is minus 20 degrees outside and let the warm air disappear into nowhere, thus letting the rooms to chill down and then wasting energy to heat them up again? The simplest everyday things, such as ventilations systems, good heating and accurate isolation can significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
Troel Sandegård’s exhibition EXHALE will be on display at the gallery SUPERNOVA from March 26th until April 25th.
The next event of the CO2 E-Race Riga project will take place on May 15th, when electricity-driven cars and other vehicles with a low level of CO2 emission rate will compete at the Bikernieku racing track and then participate in a car parade in the downtown Riga.
The CO2 E-Race events in Latvia are organized by the Danish Cultural Institute in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, the Royal Danish Embassy in Riga and the Soros Foundation-Latvia.
Additional information on CO2 E-Race: http://www.co2erace.lv/index.php?page=home