Across twelve case studies, this book charts the emergence of diverse forms of artistic practice and brings together accounts of how artists, scholars and activists are creatively responding to environmental destruction
Queer theory, co-dependency, desire, hierarchies, possessiveness, vulnerability or feminism… Everything you wanted to know about the close connection between mother and son
The book considers such topics as the presence of plants in the history of philosophy, the shifting status of plants in various traditions, what it means to make art with growing life-forms and whether or not plants have moral standing
How the pervasively used notion “green” is used to symbolically mask the increasing technical manipulations of nature and the environment
An interview with Laura Cinti from C-Lab about a project that uses a drone to survey unexplored part of a forest where a female specimen of one of the rarest plants in the world might be growing
The participating artists used scientific marine data to shape thought-provoking scenarios that make us consider with new eyes life conditions in polluted marine environments
Four Unloved Women, Adrift on a Purposeless Sea, Experience the Ecstasy of Dissection, realised by David Cronenberg, provides an alternative gaze on the four female wax models on display in the anatomy museum, exploring themes such as the fascination with the human body and its potential mutations and contaminations
A sharp overview of artworks that respond to the Anthropocene and its detrimental impact on our world, from scenes of nature decimated by ongoing extinction events and landscapes turned to waste by extraction, to art from marginalised communities most affected by the injustice of climate change
The methodology adopted leaves space for risk-taking, error-making and deeper connections with science institutions while opening up the development process to other disciplines and, as the festival demonstrated, to the public
The works explore the urgency of decolonising nature, of developing a deeper connection with non-human species and the emergence of new ecosystems where the artificial and the natural contaminate each other.
The exhibition illustrates the history of colonial and ecological exploitation hidden behind the beauty of tropical plants
The book takes our planetary state of emergency as an opportunity to imagine constructive change and new ideas. How can we survive in an age of constant environmental crises?
“With so many tears I started to wonder whether it is possible to cultivate some marine life in them,” the designer writes.
What is that nature we so desperately worship, seek to love, protect and save? Does it even exist?
While the Meta.Morph festival explored society’s love for nature, Laura Beloff probed into ecophobia and more specifically the disgust we feel towards creatures like ticks and other parasites
In her ongoing show in Milan, Anicka Yi highlights how our associations with smell, along with sight, breed prejudices and anxieties
While weather patterns have been disrupted -sometimes irreversibly- by technologies reliant on extractivism, these same technologies are now hailed as saviours that can protect the planet through weather manipulation
30 Italian and international artists have based their research path on the exchange, dialogue and interaction between knowledge and imagination
The film explores the invisible border that marks our oral cavity and defines the sounds and words we can pronounce. We carry with us these limits, created by our mother-tongue, becoming ourselves a mobile check-point, wherever we are
An event in Marseille offered some thoughts on ideas of sustainability, resilience and the effects of the capitalocene on non-human life
While exploring the “de-extinction” movement, artists and designers are also questioning its motives, highlighting its shortcomings and challenging the promise that we can resurrect the animals and plants that we have driven to extinction
Inspired by medieval bestiaries and observations of our damaged planet, A Bestiary of the Anthropocene is a compilation of hybrid creatures of our time
“The witch may be a technophile — she is, however, squinting skeptically at capitalism in everything that she does, and twisting technologies towards beautifully weird outcomes”
The exhibition invites us to challenge the dominant narratives about growth and progress and explore the radical implications of a speculative economic model based on the energy emitted by the Sun
Hannah Fletcher is a photographer without a camera. She combines techniques from the past and experiments to innovate and improve photographic processes
The massive seed bomb was developed within the framework of Jos Volker’s fictitious company Ecological Space Engineering
Announcing online classes that will explore non-human life. Microscopic and massive. Extinct, endangered, wild, familiar, lab-grown or “tech-augmented”
Italian artist Leone Contini’s collaborations with migrant communities open up discussions about local food resilience in the face of the climate crisis
How society archives human DNA in the form of slivers of umbilical cord, dental samples and sperm, DNA of animals already extinct in the wild, plant seeds, vast quantities of digital data…
Theresa Schubert multiplied cells from a biopsy of her thigh muscles in a serum produced by utilising her own blood, to artificially grow a piece of in-vitro meat. Which she proceeded to eat during a live performance
Artists offer new insights about genetic engineering by bringing it out of the lab and into public places to challenge viewers’ understandings about the human condition, the material of our bodies and the consequences of biotechnology
Interview with a photographer, bioartist and biology student whose works make visible the plight of endangered mammals in the Baltic sea, the drop in pollinator populations in the Arctic and other uncomfortable realities
An exhibition in Erlangen (DE) looks at the role that technology can play to ensure or threaten the future of our planet
What worlds are revealed when we listen to alpacas, make photographs with yeast or use biosignals to generate autonomous virtual organisms?
The B-Hind devices demonstrates all the tensions inherent to an Internet of Things that inhabit the body without being noticed
Using sound art and technocultures to better understand the complexity of rural areas and to challenge discourses of capitalism that marginalise rural territories
The exhibition draws on a historically informed anthropocentric worldview toward a systemic conception of humanity as part of the evolutionary process
The experiment has several goals: to “entertain” all players, to invite to a reflection on non-human consciousness but also to offer an opportunity to rethink the way we view “annoying insects”
Free to download, the proceedings of the conference contain essays and visual documentation that explore the nature of the forbidden and the aesthetics of liminality in art that engages with technology and science…
Matthieu Gafsou has spent 4 years researching transhumanism, a movement looking towards science and technology to drastically improve human cognitive, mental and physical performances