Rewilding Curatorial Practice, lecture for eremuak's Naturak symposium, 17-19 October 2019, hosted by Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
eremuak's symposium around the notion of Naturak is an attempt to avoid reducing the chosen thematic focus to a song about certain simplifying attitudes on the inherent complexity of relationships between the human and non-human, the living and the inert, the artificial and the supposedly natural. Hence it is relevant to provide the root term of this plurality (the –k in naturak, or the –s in naturalezas), which allows to address diversity that is more in line with the reality of the art world and all of the natures that it produces or faces.
Forest Rangers – Ecological Commons, 14 January, 12 February, 12 March 2019, hosted by Jupiter Woods, London, UK
Forest Rangers is a platform focused on ecology(ies), ecosystems and their communities within the realm of art. Forest Rangers explores the current state of the commons and their possible future. With a particular focus on discussing the state of alternative art spaces, natural resources, education, open source economics and outer space migration, FR hopes to establish a comprehensible set of understandings and goals to nurture our common resources.
Worlds open inside a shell, 28 September 2018, Blitz, Valletta, Malta
For the closing event of her residency at Blitz, curator Borbála Soós creates an exhibition in a form of a talk. Bringing the audience on a journey evoking a series of existing and imagined spaces in Malta and on other similar islands, she flexibly opens up the mind to what a space of an exhibition could contain, expanding and contracting along the way.
Becoming Plant, Victoria Adam, Julia Crabtree & William Evans, Ingela Ihrman, Paloma Proudfoot, André Romão, 11 July until 22 September 2018, Tenderpixel, London, UK
Plant: You are obsessed with things to come... Just a thought, maybe instead of going crazy over this, you need to embrace what’s around you, here and now. Like your first proposition about metamorphoses. Can’t you notice how we all mutually constitute each other in codependency? If you think about it this way: we might go to heaven , or to hell, but either way, we will be still mutually reliant on each other...
Becoming Animal, Petra Feriancová and Nicolás Lamas, 16 May until 30 June 2018, Tenderpixel, London, UK
These two interrelated solo exhibitions by Petra Feriancová and Nicolás Lamas look at our current times as a moment when complex systems and ecologies are more and more vulnerable, and in fact quickly falling apart. They consider instances of accelerated entropy as moments when transformations happen.
Pakui Hardware: The Return of Sweetness, 17 March until 28 April 2018, Tenderpixel, London, UK
Metabolism is not personal. It is engineered. The metabolism of cells rewired to get more efficient, to grant them the ability to generate new products. Fuels, chemicals, foods, and drugs. Not entirely artificial, not wholly organic. Perfect enough to keep the engines running. Just make sure to keep the by-products in a dark dry place.
Mushrooms on the Ruins, with Salvatore Arancio, Olivier Castel, Petra Feriancová, Iza Tarasewicz, 27 May until 22 July 2017, Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid, Spain
The exhibition maps relations between various species in a landscape both strange and familiar. It strives to open up a world of imagination where all other beings have the same agency as humans, and where, if you wish, species are capable or becoming, or transforming into one another.
Tropical Hangover, with Salvatore Arancio, Zuzanna Czebatul, Rowena Harris, Laure Prouvost, Suzanne Treister, 8 February until 4 March 2017, Tenderpixel, London, UK
Imagine a land full of swamps emitting suffocatingly sweet scents in the heat. The air is thick with poisonous substances left over after the party, which involved snorting and getting high on the lusciousness of the Earth. The intoxicating dance of consuming degenerates into entropy. Rhizomatic connections happen underground, underwater, and in the air. Algorithms mimic natural growth. Cells permutate and exchange. The senses are overloaded with the magical and the exotic, while we wonder about a nature after nature...