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2012-2017

Extincto

EXTINCTO is a research project on the issue of species extinction and the loss of biodiversity.
Extinction by definition is the end of an organism or of a group of organisms (taxon), normally a species. Most great extinction events in the past are caused by ’normal’ evolutionary dynamics (glaciations, volcanic eruptions and other unpredictable natural events such as the collision of an asteroid) but the long course of extinctions is increasing in a frenetic rhythm not related to any past events. In the last centuries especially the phenomenon of extinction is inversely proportional to the anthropogenic action (for example: deforestation, territories’ conversion in agricultural or farming areas, urbanisation, pollution, introduction of non-native species, the continuous rise of global temperature, etc.). The reckless and indiscriminate abuse of earth by mankind has altered the balance of the flora and fauna, threatening the planet’s ecosystems. It is thus only logical that biologists talk about a Mass 6th Extinction (defined also as "anthropogenic") that soon may reset life as we know it on this planet. Since it is difficult to understand the extent of this problem, based only on scientific data, CTRLZAK studio decided to use alternative modes of expression -art and design- to bring awareness to the public regarding this phenomenon.
Following a meticulous research a number of emblematic cases were analysed and presented in the forms of artworks and objects showing how species have in many cases vanished as a result of human intervention. EXTINCTO wants to become a moment of encounter and a point of reflection on the problem of species extinction and its possible repercussions in the near future, as well as the role of humankind on earth, here and now.

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Extinction research by CTRLZAK
ctrlzak - Iron branding the Extinction Symbol on the EXTINCTO flag

Iron branding the Extinction Symbol on the EXTINCTO flag

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IUCN Red List’s world map on extinction

ctrlzak - EXTINCTO-BDFFP

BDFFP, digital print on photographic paper, various dimensions, Thanos Zakopoulos, 2017
[artworks inspired by forests fragmentation]

ctrlzak - EXTINCTO-Iron Branded

Iron Branded, Extinction Symbol burned on white animal skin, 50x66cm, 2016

ctrlzak - CTRLZAK-Darwin’s Hammer

Darwin’s Hammer, 38x21cm, forged iron and leather, 2017

ctrlzak - EXTINCTO-Feuer lauf mit mir

Feuer lauf mit mir, digital print on Canson® paper & ink, 170x60cm, Thanos Zakopoulos, 2017

ctrlzak - CTRLZAK-The Perfect Knife

The Perfect Knife, forged steel with glass dome, 30x35cm, 2014

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On the Wall (detail), digital print on ’Jacquard’ paper, 100x320cm, Thanos Zakopoulos, 2017

ctrlzak - View of the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition at MAC (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, curated by Alberto Zanchetta

View of the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition at MAC (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, curated by Alberto Zanchetta

ctrlzak - Detail from the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition

Detail from the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition

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After Humans, calligraphy with fluorescent ink on cotton paper, 50x40cm, Katia Meneghini, 2017

ctrlzak - View of the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition at MAC (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, curated by Alberto Zanchetta

View of the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition at MAC (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, curated by Alberto Zanchetta

ctrlzak - EXTINCTO-Coraless cushions

Coraless cushions, digital print on fabric, 40x40cm each, 2017

ctrlzak - Detail from the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition

Detail from the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition

ctrlzak - EXTINCTO-Coraless

Coraless, digital print on canvas & bleach, 230x150cm, Thanos Zakopoulos, 2017
[artwork inspired by coral bleaching]

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View of the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition at MAC (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, curated by Alberto Zanchetta

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View of the EXTINCTO: Paradigms from the Anthropocene exhibition at MAC (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, curated by Alberto Zanchetta

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The Perfect Knife: the sharp edge is everywhere around the rim of the knife while its flat shape obliges the user to hold it in a manner which assures his own injury

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The making of some sculptural pieces of the EXTINCTO project
craftsmen: Gabriele Migliorini and Gino Mondo

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Front and back cover of EXTINCTO: Book of Paradigms

ctrlzak - EXTINCTO-Book of Paradigms

You can view and download the pdf of the book here

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View of the EXTINCTO project during Limits To Growth exhibition at CID (Centre d’Innovation et de Design) au Grand-Hornu

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Detail from the EXTINCTO project during Limits To Growth exhibition

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Photos © CID - Serge Anton 

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EXTINCTO flag, fire branded Extinction Symbol on white animal skin, 85x160cm, 2016
Photo by Maria Pina Poledda

ctrlzak - EXTINCTO flag during White Flag exhibition curated by La Triennale di Milano, at London Design Biennale 2016

EXTINCTO flag during White Flag exhibition curated by La Triennale di Milano, at London Design Biennale 2016

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