The artwork will be open to visit from 18 August till 7 October 2023 as part of the 2nd edition of the Bihar Museum Biennale 2023 at the Bihar Museum, Patna, Bihar. This exhibition is part of Together We Art based on India’s G20 Presidency theme of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or “One Earth · One Family · One Future”.
About the Artwork
The artwork “Econario” provides a powerful representation of how the choices that society makes today will affect the state of nature over the next thirty years. Biersteker has created a 5-metre tall robotic plant, using biodiversity data from the Natural History Museum, to create a moving monument, literally, to represent the importance of the choices we are making now for the future of our planet. The robotic plant moves like a small fragile seedling. It grows, not with the help of nutrients, but driven by changes over time in the Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII) – a metric developed by the Natural History Museum as a measure of how much of a region’s natural biodiversity still persists. When the artwork is folded, the plant has an industrial
About the Artist
Thijs Biersteker, born in 1983, is an award-winning Dutch artist who creates eco-digital installations based on scientific collaborations with top scientists and universities. He has a master's degree in fine arts from Willem de Kooning Art Academy, Netherlands. Biersteker is a visionary artist who crafts captivating installations that address urgent concerns of our contemporary world. Through the fusion of art and environmental scientific data, he stimulates profound contemplation on the impending ecological challenges and the valuable lessons they hold. His creations are renowned for seamlessly blending data, sensors, living trees, kinetic engines, delicate mycelium networks, big data visualisations, recycled plastics, as well as artificial and plant intelligence. Notably, these artworks are thoughtfully produced in a circular and sustainable manner, accompanied by a material passport, ensuring their potential for future generations to recycle and repurpose the works.