Striatum : The shifting baseline
Opening: 15.1.2020 at 18:00 - 21:00
Visiting times: 16 - 24.1.2020 // Monday to Saturday 14:00 - 18:00
I grew up in France in an industrial region and I’ve been taught that a forest is mostly tidy and organised. The day I entered a Finnish forest, I found out that my conceptions were biased. When I first walked in the forests of Finland in 2015, I was “shocked” by the wilderness of them. I immediately thought about how my grand-parents would have perceived a forest in Finland. Would they also be shocked?
In this work I investigate our psychological perception of nature and how family ties influence this perception now – and in the future. I base my work on the concept of “environmental generational amnesia”, which is “the idea that each generation perceives the environment into which it's born, no matter how developed, urbanized or polluted, as the norm” - This concept is also called the shifting baselines theory to talk about nature misperceptions of humans.
This project embeds the wish of remembering my family as my feelings to nature. A relation to forest lost since decades by our generations.
This is an attempt to reconstruct the Nature and my nature as part of my identity.
The Striatum is a component of the motor and reward systems, a part of our brain that, among many other things, storage the procedural memory, this “unconscious” motor that control our movements, our decision-making and planning in the everyday life.
This exhibition is the first part of two. The other exhibition will happen from the 5th to the 15th of February 2020 in Kalleria gallery (Kallio).
Some of the works have been made during Aark ( Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo Finland) & Mustarinda Artist Residency program in 2018.
Clément Beraud (b.1988 in Paris) is a Helsinki based artist, curator and cinema programmer. He holds a B.A in Photography and studied sociology at the University of Tours (France). Working with photography and moving image installation in his personal projects. He exhibited his works at international film festivals and galleries. He also collaborates with cinema programation all over the world.