Julian Charrière

Julian Charrière is a French-Swiss artist based in Berlin whose work bridges the realms of environmental science and cultural history. Marshalling performance, sculpture, and photography, his projects often stem from fieldwork in remote locations with acute geophysical identities — such as volcanoes, ice-fields, and radioactive sites. To date, his works has explored post-romantic constructions of 'nature' and staged tensions between deep and geological timescales and those relating to mankind. A former student of Olafur Eliasson and participant of the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institure for Spatial Expriments), Charrière has exhibited his work — both individually and as part of the Berlin-based art collective Das Numen — at museums and institutions worldwide, including Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo or 12th Biennale de Lyon in France.




Displayed in vitrines like topological fragments from a futuristic natural history museum, Charrière has melted down the internal elements from various technological devices (main boards, hard drives, CPUs, RAMs, etc. from laptop computers and smartphones) with molten lava, returning them to their geological origins. Beautiful aesthetic objects in their own right, these magnificent polychromatic sculptures reflect upon the mining and use of raw materials and the future of our civilization’s artificial by-products. “The precious metals contained in these sculptural stones—the ecologically problematic and economically contro-versial basis of our digital world—are mined in the furthest reaches of the Earth, and ultimately have been re-turned in Charrière’s. metaphorical transformation process to their original form.“ (Julia Brennacher, "Living in The Anthropocene", in The Forces Behind the Forms: – Geology, Matter, Process in Contemporary Art, Cologne: Snoeck. Germany. 2016).