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Henrik Håkansson – Aug. 11, 2012 The Symptoms of the Universe Studies. (6 min 29 sec) – installation view. Courtesy Meyer Riegger, Berlin
Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson’s juxtaposition of nature and culture and his utilization of natural cycles as symbolic subjects are used to thrilling effect with Aug. 11, 2012 The Symptoms of the Universe Studies. (6 min 29 sec) at Meyer Riegger. Håkansson probes these relationships here through a sculptural and multi-part video installation, the length of which reflects a song by Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe). After the viewer has skirted the remnants of a tree that has been purposefully exploded, several screens provide documentation of the tree’s destruction. Running at different speeds, and from different perspectives, the videos abstract the action and reinforce the magnitude of the debris that is physically present in the gallery. The energy of the tree as a symbol of life intertwines with the energy of a (very man-made) act of destruction, resulting in a startlingly beautiful meditation on what we understand as nature.