From January 15th 2023, at WildPalms, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Barbara Marcel, Mario Asef, Hans Baumann, Felipe Castelblanco.


Climate patterns have changed. We enter in the era of the extraordinary. Every year, every month, another record is broken. While this exhibition is happening, California floodings are at record levels and we experience the warmest winter in Europe. Yes, it is about a way to conceive the climate change that is at our doorsteps, but we constantly forget.

We may not like to think about it, because it is inextricably linked to how we live our lives today.

The basis of our contemporary society is built upon extraction of natural resources in large quantities. For the extraction, water plays an important role. For fracking or to attain lithium, both processes are denominated by water mining.

In Brandenburg, the Tesla factory demands of a large amount of water. Electric cars, new clean energy, thanks to water and drying out the land, an area that is still entangled with the history of dirty energy coal in the region. The abandoned coal mines are pools of an iron mud that contaminates the water.

California has experienced drought conditions in recent years, which has affected the state’s lakes and reservoirs. Low rainfall and high temperatures have led to decreased water levels in many of the state’s lakes and reservoirs, making them less able to provide water for irrigation and drinking water supplies.

Chile and Argentina are home to a number of wetlands, which play important roles in the ecological and economic well-being of the region. These wetlands include marshes, swamps, and peatlands, and are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species.

However, both countries have faced problems with the destruction of wetlands due to human activities such as agriculture and urbanization based on water mining, which has lead to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of habitats for wildlife.

Water scarcity is a growing concern around the world and has the potential to lead to conflicts, particularly in regions where water resources are limited and populations are increasing. Climate change is also exacerbating the problem by altering precipitation patterns and increasing the risk of droughts. Can we see the water bodies as something universal, away from territorial fights while crossing the ocean with smallest raft that can hold a human being?

We can change the future: especially by being aware that in the past, constantly there was the intent to write our future differently.
- “Wildpalms“

Barbara Marcel. Humo Sobre los Humedales Still.



From 26/10/22 to 02/04/23, Tuesday to Sunday at SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil.

Curatorial coordination by Lisete Lagnado and assistant curatorship by André Pitol and Yudi Rafael


The exhibition reflects on the country's ideals of modernity and independence, seeking inclusive and diverse projects. With five dialogic territories, the show brings together social forces in welcoming environments for its communities. These five spaces celebrate the 40th anniversary of SESC Pompeia, inaugurated in 1982, which is a stage for culture, leisure, social welfare, and health - qualities and values to be rescued in this moment of global dystopia.

The event also coincides with the bicentennial of Brazil's Independence (1822) and the centennial of the São Paulo Modern Art Week (1922), two historical dates that cut across the conception of the project, part of Sesc São Paulo's "Diverse 22" program. The curatorial coordination is by the critic Lisette Lagnado, with associate curators André Pitol and Yudi Rafael.

Aiming to discuss Lina Bo Bardi's legacy to Sesc Pompeia, one of the city's most vibrant architectural icons, the curators bring other references to add experiential and social layers to the project. Thus, five "dialogic spaces" participate in the exhibition, each with its own singularity: Acervo da Laje (railway suburb of Salvador, BA), Aldeia Kalipety (São Paulo, SP), Casa do Povo (São Paulo, SP), Quilombo Santa Rosa dos Pretos (Itapecuru Mirim, MA), and Savvy Contemporary - the Laboratory of form-ideas (Berlin, Germany).

In opposition to authoritarian and demagogic drifts, different social forces have managed in the meantime to organize themselves and generate spaces of hospitality able to support their community. Knowing how to articulate cultural production within a perspective of care, sensitization and conviviality, these five meeting centers, now implemented within the Sesc Pompeia's Living Space, reinforce its transformation into a "village", amplifying Sesc São Paulo's wish when it invited Lina Bo Bardi and her team to recover the former drum factory: "to build another reality". They operate as conductors of hope within the parable of Positivism, called to illustrate the mythical relationship of this "country of the future", since its colonization and the Afro-Atlantic traffic, through various migratory flows that built the idyllic image of a hospitable nation, a land blessed with exuberant nature, the generosity and emotional expansiveness of a people that would have found its happiness in the mestization of its roots. Known for her appreciation of popular culture, Lina Bo Bardi's work also acquires new inflections today in the wake of decolonial studies attentive to the recognition of different degrees of extractivism and silencing.


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.


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.


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.

© 2021 Barbara Marcel