Pioneers of the Future Permanent exhibition by Karsten Thormaehlen

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Pioneers of the Future

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Permanent exhibition

INSPIRATION:
This project, originally initiated by University of Zurich's neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Roger M. Nitsch, was about a visual exploration of the people of Sardinia and their special conception to become older than most societies in the world, their interpersonally relations and to old age and aging in general. Prof. Nitsch, who's doing extensive and successful research in cures against neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson and Alzheimer's disease, for more than 20 years, came up with the pioneering idea to search for answers what might help to find a cure for these disease among people who never suffered from it, who seemed to be immune against it. But who were these people and where to find them? – He learned that the immune systems of centenarians are able to avoid those harmful, destructive deposits of protein plagues in the human brain – and many centenarians live in Sardinia. The photo and film project in Sardinia was about showing what many, positive social, psychological and even economical effects a physically and mentally healthy older generation has on younger generations and on society as a whole.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The project became so interesting and finally unique, because in the end it wasn't a reportage about age and / or aging it was a reportage about the miracles of life itself. Not only human life but also the life of animals and plants – and how they interact with each other and why everything's necessary for living and each single species to survive. Human life i.e. the people of Sardinia unfolded biological, historical, cutural, religious and agricultural aspects. They showed us everything what makes – long – lifes worth living and how everthing's connected with everything. Some of the highlights of this trip (pls. see images): White donkey breeding program, where a mare just gave birth to her foal five days ago, when I made the picture, 100-years old Totoni, covering his face with a traditional zoomorphic mask, the hands of 105-years old Consolata, the oldest member of the Melis family, who are mentioned in the Guiness Book of Records (2014) as the oldest family in the world, houses in Villagrande-Strisaili, a mountain village in the center of Sardinia, the Nuoro region, whose citizens hold another record of the highest average age and a c. 2,000 years olive tree still bearing fruits.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Aging is a universal concept, it's unavoidable! The visitor of the exhibition should be inspired by insights of daily life of the people on Sardinia, reflect and maybe learn for his or her own future life. People should understand and accept at the example of Sardinian's that life is a gift and it's mostly up to one self how to arrange, shape and maybe change my environment to make life worth living – for myself and each generation younger or older.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project research started in April 2013, the production in Sardinia, Italy, took place between June 21 and 26, 2013, the reception of the exhibition was March 14, 2014.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Chromogenic prints (C-prints), mounted on aluminium boards

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
2700 x 1800 mm, 750 x 1000 mm

TAGS:
Sardinia, centenarians, white donkeys, Nuoro, Italy, longevity, aging, ageing

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Producing a documentary film and photo reportage we'd liked to find out how societies – in this case the people on Sardinia, who have one of the highest and still growing average number of older people, deal and live with the phenomenon of aging societies. What practical and affordable solutions they came up with in their families and communities regarding daily life, work life balance, integration, accomodation, nutrition, care, welfare, mobility, socializing, cultural and interaction between generations they developped to make life for the older generation still worth living?

CHALLENGE:
The challenge for me as a photographer is always to create professional, great looking images in fields I'm not an expert, from people I've never met and in places I haven't been before. And of course to pick and edit in the few images from many thousands which tell the story best.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-05 10:17:48

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Creative Director: Guido Studer, DoP: Jochen Nitsch, Interpreter: Janina Nitsch and Production: Federico Sedda

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, Olive tree (c. 2,000-years old), 2013.
Image #2: Photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, Totoni (at age 100), holding a carnival mask, 2013.
Image #3: Photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, White donkeys, mare with 5-days-old foal, 2013.
Image #4: Photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, Balcony in Orotelli, Sardinia, 2013.
Image #5: Photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, Hands of Consolata (at age 105), 2013.



PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Karsten Thormaehlen, 2013

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Thormaehlen Photography

PROFILE:
Photo studio, specialized in architecture, corporate, portrait / people and still life photography, located in Frankfurt a. M., Germany

NOMINATION DETAILS

Pioneers of The Future Permanent Exhibition by Karsten Thormaehlen is a Nominee in Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Category.

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