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From animal sensors to Monet as a painter of the anthropocene. 9 things i learnt on the opening day of the HYBRID MATTERs symposium

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:56:19 +0000

The actors of hybrid ecologies are many. They are genetically engineered plants, cloned trees, animals used as sensors. Or they are robots, software and networks that encroach on the biological and sometimes manage to fuse with it. Some of this hybrid ecology is the direct result of human actions but increasingly, we see signs that biological and technological entities are escaping human control and are transforming the planet

Book review – Public Servants. Art and the Crisis of the Common Good

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:21:06 +0000

Socially engaged artists need not be aligned (and may often be opposed) to the public sector and to institutionalized systems. In many countries, structures of democratic governance and public responsibility are shifting, eroding, and being remade in profound ways—driven by radical economic, political, and global forces. According to what terms and through what means can art engage with these changes?

Talking broiler chicken, germ maps and maggots with Andreas Greiner

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:22:16 +0000

Greiner's works involve buying 40 litres of maggots and bringing them to the exhibition space until they turn into flies, composing music based on
 the luminous skin of a squid, convincing the Director of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin to consider a fly as a living artwork, photographing portraits of algae, carefully orchestrating explosions around Berlin

Unauthorized images: when absurd gag laws call for absurd (but witty) artworks

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:47:35 +0000

Artist Daniel Mayrit (famous for a photo series which presents the portraits of the most powerful people in the City of London as if they were delinquents caught up on CCTV cameras) demonstrates the absurdity of Spain's gag laws

13th. Repackaging slavery

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:55:44 +0000

The documentary 13th argues that the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery except as “punishment for crime,” has not outlawed the practice of slavery. It has merely repackaged it into a ruthlessly efficient system of mass incarceration.

HYBRID MATTERs exhibition: when biological and technological entities escape our control and transform the planet

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:17:02 +0000

The focus of the Nordic art&science network program HYBRID MATTERs are the hybrid ecologies that emerge when our environment interacts with technology, when two spheres so far regarded as independent start to affect each other and form new entities with new qualities

The Occult, Witchcraft & Magic. An Illustrated History

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:37:55 +0000

A lively history of all things cryptic, mystic and other-worldly, beginning with the earliest evidence of magical thinking amid the gloom of a Palaeolithic cave, and ending in the bright light of our digital age and its newfound interest in paganism

Albedo Dreams. Experiments in DIY climate manipulation

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:16:51 +0000

Albedo suits are designed to increase the solar energy reflectivity (albedo value) in the forests; this way cooling the climate and mitigating the climate change. The work plays with the notion of geoengineering and forest management as a geoengineering project

The Christmas tree, your typical postnatural organism

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:23:14 +0000

"The Condition" might look like standard (media) art installation but don't let its playful appearance fool you. The deeper you dig, the more you realize how many thought-provoking ideas and issues the work raises: new forms of 'natural selection' where it's the prettiest -not the fittest- that survives, novel ecology in which salmons and tulips are grown à la carte, and intersection between the design of biological organisms and capitalistic values

Drawing the Line: Maps that shaped the 20th century

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:19:16 +0000

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line covers 100 years of maps, reminding us of all the traumas, cultural revolutions, social mutations and technological advances the world has gone through over the course of the 20th century. It’s been a fierce time and mapping technology has echoed and sometimes even shaped every moment of it.