AL CONJURO DE ESTE CÓDIGO

Tecnofeminismos para reescribir el mundo. (TO THE SPELL OF THIS CODE. Technofeminisms to rewrite the world.)

11.03 - 26.02.2022, at CASo - Centro de Arte Sonoro in Buenos Aires.

Exhibition participants: Abril Carissimo, Barbara Marcel, Candela del Valle, Cucu Trash, Electrobiota, Minga and Victoria Papagni. Curatorial team: Alma Laprida, Ana Mora, Jenny Maritza Ramírez Osorio, Maia Navas and Tania Puente.



The exhibition approaches technology from a feminist, decolonial and communitarian perspective. It is made up of a selection of works by artists from Argentina and Latin America that includes audiovisual pieces, installations, sound sculptures and an interactive virtual space.

“Al conjuro de este código” presents practices that subvert the uses of technological devices to deconstruct them, reterritorialize them and turn them into digital earth machines. It is conceived as a “pro-posición” (pro-position) rather than an “ex-posición” (ex-hibition), since it does not try to expose positions taken beforehand, but tries to encourage collective ways of thinking and acting on a diverse set of issues.









WEATHER ENGINES

01.04 — 15.05.2022, at Onassis Stegi, Athens

Curators: Daphne Dragona & Jussi Parikka

Exhibition participants: Kat Austen, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Felipe Castelblanco, Kent Chan, Coti K., Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman, DESIGN EARTH, Matthias Fritsch, Geocinema, Abelardo Gil-Fournier & Jussi Parikka, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Hypercomf, Lito Kattou, Zisis Kotionis, Manifest Data Lab, Barbara Marcel, Matterlurgy, Petros Moris, Sybille Neumeyer, Afroditi Psarra & Audrey Briot, Susan Schuppli, Rachel Shearer & Cathy Livermore, Stefania Strouza, Superflux, Paky Vlassopoulou, Thomas Wrede



“Weather Engines” explores the poetics, politics, and technologies of the environment from the ground to the sky, and from soil to atmosphere.

The weather is a dynamic system of pressure, temperature and humidity. It manifests through maps, media, and simulations while it touches the skin. Weather is felt unevenly, from extremes to mundane mildness of a breeze. Some are exposed, some are sheltered; weather wears some down, some gain profit.

“Weather Engines” is an art exhibition and a program of talks, performances and workshops taking place at ONASSIS STEGI and the National Observatory of ATHENS (Thissio). It explores weather as a complex system, as observation and control, and as a lived experience. The projects and events refer to natural phenomena and climate change, past and contemporary strategies of engineering the weather, as well as to different sociopolitical atmospheres related to breathing and living. Approaching the models and systems of art as techniques of knowledge, “Weather Engines” addresses the need for climate justice, and for embracing the surrounding more-than-human world(s).

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication “Words of Weather: A glossary” that maps terms for a political ecology of experience.

Link to the exhibition.






GOLDEN TONE in WEIMAR and ERFURT

as part of the exhibition “More Planets Less Pain - Constellations of artistic research”

06.03.2022 – 01.05.2022, Kunsthalle Erfurt
06.03.2022 - 22.05.2022, ACC Weimar

Opening: 05.03.2022 | 16:00 Kunsthalle Erfurt | 19:00 ACC Galerie Weimar

Collective exhibition. Artists and initiators: Francis Hunger, Edith Kollath, Lukas Kretschmer, Jeanne Lefin, María Linares, Barbara Marcel, Emanuel Mathias, Grit Ruhland, Markus Schlaffke, Katja Marie Voigt. Curator: Anne Brannys



What does art know? How does it find it out? And how does it pass on its knowledge? These questions are raised in the field of artistic research, and they arise in the exhibition project "More Planets Less Pain. Constellations of Artistic Research". All of the positions presented here were developed in the doctoral program at the Bauhaus University Weimar and deal with pressing questions of the present, using both scientific and artistic methods and modes of expression. For the first time since the program's founding in 2008, projects by Weimar's doctoral and post-doctoral artists are presented collectively in an exhibition.

The question of what artistic research is and what can be achieved with it is discussed in the exhibition in many different ways. For this art is not for art alone, it takes its questions from life-worldliness and science and radiates back there in the best case. Not infrequently, the interweaving of theory and practice and also of ethical questions, politics and aesthetics results in a tangle that wants to be untangled without losing the thread and the attitude.

To face these questions, to argue about them is not always easy; because we live in a complex reality and are confronted with the - often surprising - results of a very young discipline. And in all this, the sensual experience should not be neglected!

The desire to look, to think and to discuss is the reason for this exhibition. It offers the individual positions a lot of space to unfold and the visitors the possibility to dive into the spanned universes or to follow the floating particles that buzz between the fixed stars. Each position is associated with permeable floating boxes that present contextualizing materials such as working tools, literature, associations, will-o'-the-wisps, linked works, as well as theoretical works by the artists, allowing visitors to gain more comprehensive insights.

Finally, when we have experienced the visual and experiential worlds of the researching artists and have productively lost our way in the thicket of thoughts in their works with the shared moment of knowledge as our goal, we are challenged to find our own attitude: Sensuality or intellect? Ivory tower or everyday happenings? Activism or aesthetics? High air or heavy seas? More planets or less pain? Or for a change, all of the above, please?

Link to the exhibition in Erfurt.

Link to the exhibition in Weimar.

























UMBRALES

12.11.2021 - 20.02.2022, Stuttgart

Collective exhibition at ifa Gallery Stuttgart (DE) in collaboration with BIENAL DE ARTES MEDIALES, Santiago de Chile (CHL).



Thresholds. How to tie time together?
 
What should a social order that seeks answers to the pressing issues facing society today look like? Which codes and focal points come together to form the social network of our time? How can art and culture contribute to a better understanding of the effects of human actions on the fragile ecosystem?

Within the scope of 15 bienal de artes mediales (media art biennale) in Santiago de Chile, the exhibition 'Umbrales – Thresholds' explores the transformation, insecurity and vulnerability of societies in times of multiple planetary crises. Being at the threshold means being in an intermediate state, in uncertainty, the unknown and unconscious, and also in a moment of change.

This joint project takes as its starting point the wave of protests against the government in Chile that began in October 2019. The country's deep and interlinked social and ecological crises are made evident. The protests resulted in the constitution of Chile, which still derived from the time of the Pinochet dictatorship, being rewritten – in a participative process that will be completed in 2023. Questions concerning ecological sensitivity, the recognition of a diversity of cultures and languages, gender equality, and the socio-technological nature of living environments are not only relevant in Chile. They all represent themes that require the reorganisation of different social orders around the world.

How to tie time together? – poses the question as to how entering into relationships with one another and finding orientation and contact in space and time. The exhibition sees itself as an invitation to sharpen the senses and sensitivity at a time of insecurity – to observe attentively, to listen and feel, and also to dream, imagine and remember, and to understand oneself as part of a complex constellation of interdependent relationships.

The exhibition is accompanied by an online publication that will accrue over the exhibition period, continuing the gathering of fragments, observations, thoughts, discussions, and shared exploration in a digital space.

The three new multimedia installations by the Chilean artists Elisa Balmaceda (born 1985) and Claudia González (born 1983) and the Brazilian artist Barbara Marcel (born 1985) look at various threshold moments: the protests on the streets in Chile, the landscapes and people exhausted by exploitation and industrialisation, the ruins and remnants of a modernised and accelerated world. A sense of interconnectedness is at the centre of these works, a feeling that makes the entanglements of life tangible. Beginning with these symbiotic nodes, these works explore a myriad of opportunities to create connections by means of and yet also in particular by going beyond human languages. In all of this, different forms of knowledge and old and new technologies intermingle and open up a new understanding of ourselves within the contexts of our lives.

Curators: Bettina Korintenberg, Enrique Rivera
Artists: Elisa Balmaceda with Rodrigo Ríos Zunino, Claudia González Godoy, Barbara Marcel, Elektra Wagenrad
Curator film programme: Florian Wüst
Project coordination and management: Constanza Güell

Exhibition website: https://www.ifa.de/en/exhibit/umbrales

The 15 bienal de artes mediales, Santiago de Chile takes place from 26.11.2021 – 31.03.2022.





















CRITICAL ZONES

Barbara Marcel's artistic project Ciné-Cipó / Cine Liana at ATTO Tower (2020) was commissioned for and is being exhibited at CRITICAL ZONES. Observatories for Earthly Politics.

Virtual Opening Friday, May 22, 2020, 6pm
23.05.2020.–09.01.2022, ZKM Atrium 1+2

An exhibition by ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Peter Weibel, Bettina Korintenberg, Daria Mille) in cooperation with French philosopher Bruno Latour and Martin Guinard-Terrin.



For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, and have now finally – not least due to recent international climate protests – moved into public consciousness.

The exhibition project »CRITICAL ZONES« invites visitors to the ZKM | Center for Art and Media to engage with the critical situation of the Earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life. The artistic project CINÉ-CIPÓ / CINE LIANA at ATTO Tower (2020), by Barbara Marcel, integrates the exhibition as a video installation that shows the production and exchange of different types of knowledge – scientific knowledge from the international scientific community as well as traditional knowledge of the people living in the Amazon rainforest. Click here for more information on the project.

As a research and exhibition project, »CRITICAL ZONES« explores the urgency of bringing together skills, knowledge, disciplines and cultures to jointly create a cartography of the multitude of Earths. Over a period of five months, the exhibition simulates on a small scale the model of a new spatiality of the Earth and the diversity of relations between the life forms inhabiting it. The exhibition creates a landscape that makes the public understand the characteristics of the so-called »New Climatic Regime«, a term coined by Bruno Latour to describe the global situation affecting all living things. Not being limited to ecological crises, the term also includes questions of politics and cultural history as well as ethical and epistemological changes of perspective. As an observatory of »Critical Zones«, the exhibition aims to steer a debate towards new Earthly Politics. This special combination of thought experiment and exhibition was developed by Peter Weibel and Bruno Latour in their previous collaborations at ZKM. »Iconoclash« in 2002, »Making Things Public« in 2005, and »Reset Modernity!« in 2016 constitute the three former »thought exhibitions« (Gedankenausstellungen) that resulted from their intensive working relationship which now spans twenty years. »CRITICAL ZONES« is characterized by an extensive collaboration of artists, designers, scientists and activists. Art, with all its imaginative, speculative and aesthetic power, takes up the important challenge of developing new forms of representation and options for action in an overall situation that has not yet been clarified. Many of the artists working on this project originate from non-Western countries, broadening the view of European ways of thinking, which we have learned to describe as global modernity.






Ciné-Cipó / Cine Liana at ATTO – Amazon Tall Tower Observatory. 2020, Multichannel video installation, aprox. 140 min.

Commissioned for the exhibition, CINÉ-CIPÓ / CINE LIANA at ATTO (Amazon Tall Tower Observatory) addresses different perspectives and knowledge systems that challenge the veracity of universal assumptions about science and society and multiply the modes of engaging, understanding, and living within the Critical Zone. The ATTO is an international scientific project studying the complex interactions between the forest, soils, and the atmosphere in order to understand the role of the Amazon basin within the Earth system. In her video work Barbara Marcel observes the daily life of the ATTO observatory’s scientists and two local women activists as they collaborate to produce a radio piece that communicates different forms of knowledge, visions, but also threats concerning the Amazon.

With the collaboration of Natalina do Carmo Oliveira, Milena Raquel Tupinambá. Produced in collaboration with ZKM | Karlsruhe, Serrapilheira Institute, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena and with the support of INPA-National Institute of Amazonian Research and Goethe-Institut São Paulo.

In addition to the on-site exhibition in Karlsruhe, the videos from the project were partly made available in the online exhibition, designed on account of the pandemic. Click here to see the project on the online exhibition: https://critical-zones.zkm.de/#!/detail:cine-cipo-cine-liana-atto-amazon-tall-tower-observatory















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