11h July - 28th July 2017
Opening 6pm Thursday 11th July
GALLERY 1 and GALLERY 2
'Intra-action: Multispecies becomings in the Anthropocene' Janet Laurence, Nigel Helyer (Dr Sonique), Kathy High, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Marnia Johnston, Deanna Pindell, Craig Campbell, Karin Bolender, Patricia Adams, Jason Christopher, Louise Fowler-Smith, Hayden Fowler, Andre Brodyk, Yvette Watt, Elaine Gan, Tarsh Bates, Erna Lilje, Beatriz da Costa
Curated by Eben Kirksey and Madeleine Boyd
Art Exhibition for the 2017 Australian Animal Studies Group Conference, University of Sydney, Australia
A multispecies zeitgeist is sweeping contemporary art worlds. Spinning this spirit in a new direction, this show will animate the critical theory of Karen Barad, a feminist who is rethinking the nature of matter itself. A multitude of creative agents, only some of whom are human, will gather at the show. Strange structures, purloined from the hives of honeybees, will appear alongside soap made with milk from a family of American Spotted Asses. Hairless rats, creatures humans have created to help cure cancer, will scamper alongside the ooze of slime molds.
This show features time-based, sculptural, installation and photographic works by leading Australian and North American artists.
“Boundaries do not sit still,” writes Barad. “Bodies are not objects with inherent boundaries and properties; they are material-discursive phenomena. ‘Human’ bodies are not inherently different from ‘nonhuman’ ones”
Following Barad’s insights, this exhibit will explore how human desires and our very beings are being reconfigured by creatures in our midst.
Stay updated on the exhibition website for news on featured artist events and performances. https://intraactionart.com
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This exhibition is presented with support from the Environmental Humanities program at UNSW and the Human Animal Research Network at the University of Sydney.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW