A tipping point refers to a small change making a huge difference in the way our society is organized, causing a major shift to our daily lives. Mostly used to address environmental related issues, tipping points should be seen as having the potential of critical social changes as well, impacting governance, solidarity, or sense of care. Leading to irreversible consequences, their outcome is in theory positive or negative. Though, the fundamental threats and challenges to (human) nature are so high that the dominant view emphasizes our inability to perceive the disruptions driven by the Anthropocene. Some might argue that the irreversible nature of the shift is a required condition to define a tipping point. But how can we be so sure of our foresight in claiming such irreversibility distinctness, knowing that we ignored scientist warnings on climate change for the past 30 years? Building on the idea of non-linear processes, the below work deliberately ignores such prerequisite.
The tipping point series presented here magnifies the tensions raised by the uncertainty of the Anthropocene through the confrontation between the original materiality of our surroundings and their projected ephemerality. The reappropriation of natural or artistic landscapes (Chillida, Christo) echoes our raising perception of a world in danger that cannot be denied any longer. Bridging the artistic subjectivity to the scientific objectivity, climate and social change indicators measured for the past two decades shape into a new form of awareness about our inability to consider tipping points challenges.
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