Trinity: Benedikt Partenheimer

The photographic montage (created 2016) is showing the Trinity explosion. On July 16, 1945, 5:29 am 45 seconds, the United States Army conducted the first test of a nuclear weapon. The beginning of the nuclear age marks a historic turning point when humans first accessed an enor­mous new energy source and also developed the ability to destroy themselves.


At the moment I am particularly interested in work related to the Anthropocene, a proposed term for an epoch that begins when human activities have had significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. It is with industrialization that humans began, and con­tinue, to transform the Earth’s metabolism to a degree that now parallels geological forces. The Anthropocene is a situation that calls for re-examination, asking us to take a closer, more sensitive look at the way humans have chosen to live. How can art develop a language of critical thought that deals with aspects of a trans­forming space?

Benedikt Partenheimer