SEVERAL POLYMER NEBULAE
SEVERAL POLYMER NEBULAE / Alex Heim
P.V. / Fridy 21st September 6-9pm
OPEN / Saturday 22nd Sept - Sunday 7th Oct, Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm
With the sixth mass extinction event in the geological history of our planet being well under way, scientists and researchers are coming up with new words to describe this transitional era. The Anthropocene is being considered as one, the human era. Or perhaps the Captitalocene, others suggest, would be more appropriate, as it takes into account the driving force behind the perpetrating creature; after all, not every human is a venture capitalist.
Donna Haraway is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her work explores the string figures composed by speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, science fiction and science fact. In her 2016 book 'Staying With The Trouble' she conceived in response to the above mentioned Anthropocene/Capitalocene the term Chthulucene, describing an era that includes the past, present and future.
Haraway's concept of the Chthulucene urges for global recuperation by advocating tentacular 'thinking- with', a revolutionary world view that acknowledges and celebrates inter-species dependencies. Or as she calls it, sympoeisis, making-with as opposed to autopoeisis, self-making:
“If it is true that neither biology nor philosophy any longer supports the notion of independent organisms in environments, ... then sympoeisis is the name of the game in spades. Bounded (or neoliberal) individualism amended by autopoeisis is not good enough figurally or scientifically; it misleads us down deadly paths.”
From this view point, perceiving raw matter – or every-day materials – as something dead or non-living, is not an option. The amorphous, mucoid shapes stretched over the steel grids in this exhibition are made from plastic carrier bags, transformed by heat. We like to think of plastic as something artificial; but objects such as plastic carrier bags are obviously alive and in flux, just as the people carrying them around, or the vegetables wrapped in them, or everything else in the world.
The very creation of the concept Nature as something external, and with it the wish to save the planet, is actually part of the dilemma: Our inability to comprehend or perceive reality unfiltered; to see ourselves as separate individuals and not part of the same organism with all other so-called 'things'.
LINK / Alex Heim https://alexheimarchive.wordpress.com/
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