EX-IT focuses on the evolution of art in the Anthropocene.

ON ECOLOGY

Ecology is a highly complex topic. It is defined as the science and sustainable development of the interrelation between living organisms and their environment, viz. the set of beliefs of nature’s balance.

Over the past years, several books discussing ecological issues have flushed the commercial market. Although some of their opinions vary and are speculative, it seems they agree in a number of key points based on official calculations. On the other side, artists, writers, designers, and engineers publicly deal with ecological challenges through art, writing, and production.

Undoubtedly, a leading role for this development plays the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), called The Earth Summit, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. By reinforcing the Agenda 21, an international ground for sustainability was laid. Since then, its consideration has gained more importance and publicity in governmental and everyday life areas as well as many research fields.

While now politicians work on global agreements and the infusion of the agenda into the production sector to reach local areas, artists, writers, designers, and engineers explore their freedom and creativity in a decisive manner to achieve an ecological change for the better. Greatly, the constructive link between them has begun to gather momentum. The digital age has delivered more ideas and ways to accelerate this process.

With that, the 21st century is confronting massive decisions which will change ecological structures. Which direction the change will take, is up to us. A change is inevitable, no matter what. It is impossible to predict if we will fully succeed in satisfying the earth’s needs, but we certainly have to commit to do so.

TOWARDS VIRTUAL REALITY

DIGITAL ERA. A FOREWORD