leaves that appear as fish


Live drawing event at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin

As part of the exhibition "+ultra. knowledge & gestaltung" Emil Sommerfeldt made 8 illustrations during a live drawing event with 3 other illustrators.

The illustrations

“Anthropo” meaning human and “cene” epoch, creating the word Anthropocene. The term defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.

On the 19th of October 2016, Emil Sommerfeldt participated in a live drawing event organised in the context of the +ultra. knowledge & gestaltung exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. He made the following 8 drawings, illustrating suggested solutions to challenges our planet is facing.

leaves that appear as fish

The future of Aqua Culture should focus on fish types that are not predatory, but which feed on plants

plastic bag with a section of the ocean representing the pollution of the ocean. The bag has holes in it where the water is running out, meaning time is running out one finding a solution.

The ocean is full of plastic and can be found even inside fish. Time is running out on finding a permanent solution to this extreme problem.

Could insects be the future of hot dogs

In the next generation of food production insects will play a vital role. They are extremely resource effective, and yield more than any other protein source production. The problem is its image, especially in the western world.

Idyllic farm with wifi symbol as sunset or sunrise

Farming will be digitalised connecting all machines and technology to a cloud service helping to pinpoint exact fertilising, and harvesting of crops with data from live weather updates.

Cow coming out of syringe

The genes of animals will be modified to decrease deceases and increase productivity.

pork factories, with chimneys as pig noses, and pink buildings

Animal farming is already extreme but must be made even more cost effective as meat prices are forced down, and animal welfare is neglected – unless we reduce our meat consumption.

Plants with huge root systems, and small growth above ground

Plants must be made stronger to withstand extreme weather conditions as drought and floods. This can be done with gene modification.

thriving plant springs from a lump of manure with dead plants outside it.

The use of Fertiliser must be applied more concentrated, to reduce amount and increase effectiveness.

Live Drawing Event at Martin Gropius Bau

The live drawing event was part of the exhibition "+ultra. knowledge & gestaltung" which is about:

Gestaltung [design] is research, and research is Gestaltung. Using models, tools and images, the exhibition reveals the fundamental importance of creative processes for science and research for the first time. From the hand ax to the 3D-printed organ, from biomimetic materials to feeling prostheses, +ultra. knowledge & gestaltung presents the value of the insights and knowledge gained through the human transformations of nature, as well as their consequences. In a world, in which nature itself appears already shaped by human hand, the boundaries between nature and culture, organic and inorganic, matter and mind are increasingly eroding. Visitors can experience this tension as they explore expansive installations and witness images operations in which reality and simulation merge

Banner hanging on Martin-Gropius-Bau for the exhibition +ultra. knowledge & gestaltung

The banner for the "+ultra. knowledge & gestaltung" exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Live drawing event at Martin-Gropius-Bau with Emil Sommerfeldt, Riika Laakso, Jay Wright, and Faezeh Shakoori Dizaji

Live drawing event at Martin-Gropius-Bau with Emil Sommerfeldt, Riikka Laakso, Jay Daniel Wright, and Faezeh Shakoori Dizaji.

emil sommerfeldt drawing at live drawing event Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

Emil Sommerfeldt at the live drawing event.

emil sommerfeldt drawing an illustration of animal farming at live drawing event at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

The process of "Animal Farming" sketched out by Emil Sommerfeldt

flyer for the exhibition +ultra. knowledge & gestaltung at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

The flyer for the "+ultra. knowledge & gestaltung" exhibition at Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin.