Paradise Lost exhibition to be held between 25 March and 24 July, investigates nature embedded in the works of a number of contemporary video and digital media artists. The thread that connects the 19 artists in the exhibition is the idea that a primal innocent nature is at odds with human civilization, and that there may be a constant conflicting interaction between nature and today's technological world.
This exhibition explores a number of issues that are core to our present and future life on this planet: our longing for an earthly paradise, sustainability and development, and the crucial confrontation of nature with culture, industry, and technology. This exhibition challenges the idea of nature as a gift that can be modified at the will of man, raising a series of issues about the “nature” of nature itself. Historically, the modern concept of nature is essentially derived from the Romantic sensibility; therefore the exhibition examines how artists perceive, know and experience nature in our post-modern world. There are a couple of underlying questions of the exhibition: Does an unspoiled natural world exist? Is our notion of nature essentially a cultural idea? Will the human footprint extend beyond a point of no-return, leading to the destruction of the natural world? Will technology be the “new nature”?
During Paradise Lost exhibition, İstanbul Modern invites speakers to examine the relationship between art and technology. The Education Department, in cooperation with schools, organizes workshops discussing the issues around the concept of nature in our post-Romantic and post-modern world, while developing interactive programs and hands-on trainings for youths and families discussing the role of technology and new media in contemporary art.