Martyrs of the Anthropocene

09.02 min

Martyrs of the Anthropocene is a short film installation that will be opened in the small cube on the 20th of September. Timaeus' new work intertwines rituals, historic references and urgent environmental and behavioural questions. Forming a rite of passage, the film presents a tree and a lichen with the title of Martyrdom. Forming a rite of passage, the film presents a tree and a lichen with the title of Martyrdom.

Redefining martyrdom from its traditional human perspective and religious/ political context, the status of martyrdom is proposed by Timaeus as a reward for becoming symbols of exceptional leadership and heroism in the face of challenging circumstances. Being the first natural resources to receive the status, it proposes to question our anthropocentric point of view.

Influenced by the rich historical narratives of martyrs and saints, the martyrs of the Anthropocene are decorated with valuable minerals and crystals that are extracted daily for modern usage within batteries, or ornamental purposes, forming the visual language of 21st century relics.

The martyrs, within a momentary state of equal representation, become the saints of the era of the Symbiocene. An era that can be formed after the Anthropocene, the geological epoch which we are currently living in.

During the opening evening, there will be opening drinks by Lili & listening sets by Cardboard Lamb & Yopo, carefully crafted on the DJ's own interpretation of the film.

Timaeus (NL)

Jelle van Bouwhorst (NL)

Sound design: Xaos
3D modeling: Famke Immelman & Timaeus
Texturing consultant: Flora van der Linde
Color grading: Leon van Engelen
Title illustration: Sander Ettema
Voice over: Cara Mayer

On view from 20 September until 5 November 2023.

Timaeus (he/him) is an artist focusing on speculative storytelling and worldbuilding narratives. He navigates this with the use of game-engine and 3D software and works within the realm of virtual filmmaking/imagery and CGI (Computer Generated Imagery). He researches how creative technologies can help us to reimagine our present and future, surrounding the topics of ecology, technology and non-human agency.

His work, consisting of video installations, live performances and layered animated works, has been exhibited at the International Film Festival, Fiber Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event, Gogbot, Red Light Radio, Future Intel, and more. Works have been published by De Gids and Daisyworld Magazine. As of September 2022, Timaeus is supported by the Talent Development Grant of the Creative industries fund NL.