PRESENTED BY THE REEFLINE WITH FAENA ART
MANIFESTING A NEW FORM OF STORYTELLING THAT MESMERIZINGLY UNFOLDS BEFORE OUR EYES, BEEPLE’S CLIMATE-CENTRIC S.2122 UNVEILS A FUTURE REALM SUBMERGED BY RISING WATERS, ILLUSTRATING HUMAN RESILIENCE AND ITS INNATE ABILITY TO THRIVE DESPITE THE GROWING CLIMATE CHALLENGES.
S.2122 is meant to be a realistic view on the future of climate change. One where both the real severity of the problem is represented, yet also the sure will and strength of the human species to survive is also made evident. The artwork represents a vision of society 100 years in the future. The sea levels have continued to rise so many people are living in stacks of apartments, mostly staying inside enamored by the flashing lights of VR. As culture and technology have continued to combine and propel each other, modern life has become a mix of the mundane and unrecognizable with robots walking as zombies while brains float in spheres drifting through the air attached to autonomous drones. This is a dynamic artwork that will change once every 5 years over the course of the next 25 years, with the water level increasing 20% each time until the tower is completely underwater. However, despite this the people will still be alive, having adapted to this new reality. My hope is that artwork initiates a more nuanced conversation on climate change that includes the recognition that while we might fuck things up, humans are a scrappy bunch and will do what it takes to survive.