What is “nature” and what is “the natural”? These seemingly easy to answer questions become progressively harder to discuss with the rapidly expanding impact of human intervention on the ecosphere. Topics of how we outline, perceive and shape concepts of the natural and the artificial, the organic and the synthetic, are central aspects of Markus Haala’s studio practice. AERA SYNTHETICA. Surveying New Nature brings together Haala’s most recent installations and sculptures in dialog with contributions by his mentors Mark Dion, Mathias Kessler, Craig Stockwell, and Michael Oatman, as well as frequent collaborators and friends Marc Mannheimer, Ingrid Hess, Todd Bartel, and Patrick Jacobs. This project will critically examine concepts of nature, environmentalism and ecology in the 21st century in order to explore how our idea of nature today is being re-formed by the over-consumption of natural resources and the alteration of ecosystems.