On Climate

with
a sunrise by Roy Lichtenstein, a parrot with a hole by Fernando Marquina, a map by KP Brehmer, an etude by Diter Rot, the White Whale by Ute Hoffritz, an airplane by Panamarenko, an unrestored photo by Andreas Kilger, a stamp collection by Nina Wiesnagrotzki, the invisible by Ernst Barlach

Text by Chloe Stead

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Sorry. Kind Regards,


Power Plant Management (Bruce Lee)


1954


Fat Man, Little Boy,


installation view


installation view


installation view


installation view


installation view


installation view

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“I’d call it more of a passion than a hobby. You’d think that the Internet would have killed us enthusiasts off – in actual fact it’s made us stronger. Philatelic information is much easier to get hold these days, and my better half said she’s happier now that I’ve found an online community and don’t have to bore her all evening with my stamp facts!

When you first start collecting it’s a bit of a free-for-all. The key is to pick a few topics and restrict your collection to just those subjects. My chosen topics fall under the general heading of ‘Science’, so I have ‘Climate Change’, ‘Electricity/Energy’, ‘Atomic Energy/Atomics’ and ‘Nuclear Power’ – although I also have a lesser collection of stamps relating to the gas and coal, which fall under ‘Industry’. Limiting yourself like this makes stamp collecting more difficult, but ultimately more rewarding.

It’s up to the individual to decide how to organise their own collection (this is part of the fun), but I like to use my stamps to tell stories. When done correctly a topical display can be a tour through an epoch. For instance, by organising stamps with the theme ‘energy’ into date rather than country of origin it’s possible to trace the public attitude towards different forms of energy over time.

I have a lot of stamps on nuclear power. It’s a funny topic to be attracted to considering my line of work – I’m in renewables – but opposites attract I guess. Although it’s not particularly valuable one of my favourite stamps is called “Atoms for Peace”. It was issued to commemorate a speech by President Eisenhower to the UN General Assembly in the early 50s. After what went on in Japan everyone was terrified of atomic energy; so in his speech Eisenhower tried to reassure the American people, as well as the rest of the world, that the technology could be used for good. Of course, now they say that it was all a PR stunt to get us used to the idea of Cold Warfare.

I like the stamp because I think it represents our ambivalent attitudes to nuclear power. We’re against it unless it means that energy bills go up or they’re going to build a wind farm in our back garden! But enough of that, I don’t want to get into the politics right now – I’m just a collector.”

(Chloe Stead)

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February 10 – March 4, 2016
Potsdamer Straße 65, Berlin

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thank you Sammlung Artothek Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Erworben mit Mitteln der LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin, © Artothek Neuer Berliner Kunstverein