Benera and Estefan
Debrisphere.Visible Manifestations of Invisible Forces, 2019-2020
mixed media installation: single-channel video on monitor, drum rack stand, metal joints, aluminium pipes, wood sticks, sand, resin, pigments, mycelium of various fungi (Tricholoma matsutake, Psathyrella ammophila), macronutrients (N,P,K,Ca), glass, laboratory clamps.
variable dimensions

"Since 2017, the artist-duo of Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan has been producing a series of works entitled Debrisphere in which they take up the question as to how political and military actions are deposited in landscapes. The duo's range of works illustrates how political strategies and decisions change the environment. The artists are inspired by the research of the anthropologist Anna Tsing into the sought-after Matsutake mushroom which is traded as an expensive delicacy, favors soils devastated and ruined by industrialisation and cannot be cultivated. The installation Debrisphere. Visible Manifestations of Invisible Forces builds on the example of the mushroom by focusing on the capacity of nature for resistance and on its symbiotically co-existing entities." (Milena Burge)

Photo:Stefan Altenburger
Video: cinematographer Tudor Cioroiu| FORMAT STUDIO, colour grading Simona Cristea, sound design SILLYCONDUCTOR

Commissioned by Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and YARAT Contemporary Art Space.