K - 9 _ T O P O L O G Y : A R T E - m i s
Kapelica Gallery // 16th March - 7th April 2017 // Ljubljana // Slovenia
Concept for the ARTE_mis project has grown out of the observation of zeitgeist through the so called thanatopolitical dimension of contemporary biopolitical practices, which are being accompanied by economy of nostalgia and paranoia on the one hand, and euphoria and exaltation on the other. These are symptoms of the ‘manic depressive condition’ of our society which needs to reinvent itself through rethinking the human ‘with’ its nonhuman others, such as animals, plants, machines, objects, living systems, environments, etc. I am exploring the arts of living on a damaged planet, the possibility of life in capitalist ruins and therefore am refering to the theory of a critical posthumanist Rosi Braidotti who requires us to think beyond our traditional humanist limitations and to embrace the risks that becoming-other-thanhuman brings. The myth of humanity, based on universal values and our exceptionalism, has always been excluding some that didn’t correspond to the ideal which quietly underlies the apparent: there have always been fine gradations within the category of the human, according to gender, race, class, culture, nation, etc. Therefore within the at least 2500 years of the great classical Greek culture based humanism that has been embracing us, not all of us can say, with any degree of certainty, that we have always been human, or that we are only that. From that perspective, as a childless 38 years old woman, living at the geopolitical destination, between the 1st and the 3rd of the so called 2nd world, I am drawn to think within the theory of Donna Harraway who is posing a question: what is decolonial feminist reproductive freedom in a dangerously troubled multispecies world?
Therefore my artistic proposal leans towards fusing my molecular material with the domesticated dog – the closest ancestor of the wild wolf, by rebooting our humanity without cultural ideology. ARTE_mis developes a proposal through a scientific concept within which I am connecting three carnivorous species: human, dog and wolf. Ever since the beginning of their existence, all three species have been regulating the environment together, although wolf is an endangered species nowadays, whereas humans and dogs have became the biggest invasive species on the planet. Therefore I will symbolically place our cell materials in an equal cohabitation relationship as an artistic artefact. New ethical and political challenges call for new ‘ecologies’ - in the face of disappearing natural resources and the increasing demand for them, the global migration flows, threats to the environment and biodiversity, all evoked by a globalized capitalist system that seems to be destined to pursue its path of destruction until everything is consumed. Resistance to this phenomenon demands for social justice to include all species. By dweling on problems of our current social ecology, I would therefore like to evoke a discourse on what the conventional law based ethical terms of „compromising human dignity“ means, through a prism of humanistic and natural sciences as well as what level might it extend to in case of ARTE_mis?
January, February 2017 // Biotehna Laboratory: a platform for artistic research of living systems // Ljubljana // Slovenia
Expert consultancy and support: Gjino Šutić | Logistic support and light consultancy: Miloš Vujković | Technical support and light design: Jure Sajovic, Boris Britovšek | Photo: Anže Sekelj, Hana Jošić | Acknowledgment: Ada and Byron | Laboratory equipment: Kambič Laboratorijska oprema, Iskra Pio, Domel
Production: Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2017
Exhibition is a part of an international project DITOs (Doing It Together Science / http://togetherscience.eu/) | The program of Kapelica Gallery is supported by the European Comission - Creative Europe and Horizon2020, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana