Voted as Beijing’s top environmental keyword for 2014, »APEC blue« refers to the blue sky which was stage-managed by the Beijing government during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) China summit that year. The Beijing Weather Modification Office is believed to be the largest in the world. In the video, a colored smoke grenade takes over the task of covering the heavy smog.
Katrin Hornek *1983, lives and works in Vienna
Katrin Hornek’s work playfully engages with the strange paradoxes and convergences of living in the age of the Anthropocene, that is, the new geologic epoch where the effects of capitalism, colonialism, and extractivism are written into the body of the earth.
Her video “APEC blue” was developed during her residency at Red Gate Residency 2015 in Beijing.