The Ruthless Exploitation of a Disappearing Resource in the Anthropocene
11 September – 28 November 2015

Stefanie Zoche - Fortuna Hill
Stefanie Zoche, Fortuna Hill, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche


Sand appears to be an inexhaustible resource. But the construction of reinforced concrete buildings in megacities, road building and land reclamation is using such enormous amounts that building sand is becoming a dwindling resource. Because of the growing demand, it has become profitable to steal and smuggle sand. Especially in developing countries its exploitation is unregulated. Beaches are being excavated, rivers and sea beds dredged.

Munich artist Stefanie Zoche (Haubitz+Zoche) explores the various facets of this phenomenon knowledgably and with extraordinary commitment. By using haunting images and a surprising language of forms, she articulates the thoughtlessness and the inconsistency of our interaction with this valuable resource. A major share of the sculptures, installations and video artwork on exhibition was commissioned by the ERES Foundation. This project continues the foundation’s thematic series of exhibitions on the Anthropocene and focuses on an aspect of mankind’s encroachment on the geosphere and biosphere that so far has received scant attention.

Artists: Stefanie Zoche

Scientists: Dirk Hebel, Pascal Peduzzi, Manfred Zeiler

Projektförderung: Landeshauptstadt München Kulturreferat, Selbach Umwelt Stiftung


Wie Sand am Meer - Katalog

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, EUR 10,00
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Stefanie Zoche - Tetrapode
Stefanie Zoche, Tetrapode, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche
Stefanie Zoche - Valdrada
Stefanie Zoche, Valdrada, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche


Thursday, 8 October 2015, 7 pm

Dr. Manfred Zeiler, Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, Hamburg
SAND – A Misunderstood Resource

Prof. Dirk Hebel, ETH Zurich, Future Cities Laboratory Singapore
SAND – A Building Material With A Future?

Followed by a panel discussion with artist Stefanie Zoche

Thursday, 12 November 2015, 7 pm

Pascal Peduzzi, PhD, Director GRID-Geneva, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
SAND – Rarer Than One Thinks (in English)

Stefanie Zoche - Fortuna Hill
Stefanie Zoche, Fortuna Hill, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche


  • Eben nicht wie am Meer
    Abendzeitung, 21. November 2015
    Artikel als download (pdf)
  • Zu wenig Sand am Meer
    VDI nachrichten, 16. Oktober 2015
    Artikel auf
  • Zeitbombe Sand
    Cube 3/2015
  • Der Stoff aus dem die Träume sind
    Süddeutsche Zeitung, 23. September 2015
    Artikel als download (pdf)
  • Künstlerin Stefanie Zoche über Sand und Kunst
    B2 kulturWelt, 11. September 2015