INTER TEMPORAL ECOLOGIES - ARTS CATALYST
IInter-temporal Ecologies: in more than human worlds explores the future of environments, landscapes, perceptual belief systems, ecosystems, environmental poetics, and anthropological research. The research focused on the environmental, and territorial disputes resulting from the extraction of lithium in the Salar de Atacama, in Chile. On the one side lithium emerges as a key component in the global pathways to mitigating climate change; and on the other, its extraction results in the appropriation of water - a living being at the heart of fragile ecosystems, and indigenous territories. When used as a research components the work created in this exhibition aimed to re-contextualise the issues on the land within a cross-cultural gallery context with the aim of creating a space in which challenged the viewer to question their connection with the lithium extraction process, and new environmental epistemological gradients. The work presented reflects upon the role of art, design, and architecture at the intersection of these incommensurable demands, while recognising the complex system of relationships, and entanglements they are part of. The exhibition brought together the dynamic cycles of both mental, social, and material ecologies that inform diverse relationships between human, non-human and other than human beings. Through a programme of workshops, talks, and conversations the exhibition explored the past, present and future of environments in more than human worlds.
Exhibition Program = Talks + Conversations + Exchanges + Poetics
“Through each grain we multiply with silence, speaking from the limits of water, a stretching, to tear into a liquid-solid, only to dissolve the known, we seek, in search of the space between, acid rain and a decaying mitochondria.”
This work questions the tensions between performance, and spatial architectural acoustic experimentation. Its aim was to highlight these relations, and how different epistemologies from a range of cultures within the site relate, perceive, and become connected to, or apart of their local ecological systems through medicinal practices using sound, and artefact. Ethnomusicology as medicine, and acts of embodiment though digestion have been research, and artistic catalyst for the term meaning of experimental journalism in this research. Can the repetitive tone of speech, or the use of the attributes of one animal, or plant, digested in the human become a means of environmental listening, or reinterpreting the multi-scalar anthropological, epistemological, and perceptual systems that we all inhabit? How can environmentalism be understood in new ways, that ask the listener to slow down, and to actually connect to their spatial environment in more concentrated ways. Can a sound-scape , or audio perceptual space enable this contemplation based on its contained environmental elements, contradictions, or fluctuations via, repetition, rhythm, acoustic atmosphere, or ambiguity? These are the questions the sound research, experiments, and artworks are asking as catalyst for creative expression and experimental journalism.
Duration = 1800 seconds.
Making Kin Across Times and Species:
-Yussef Agbo-Ola and Gabriele Grigorjevaite, introduction by Dr. Jon Goodbun.
Roundtable on the Architecture of Water
-Vanessa Lastrucci, Emilie Glazer, Anna Santomauro, Christina Leigh Geros
Intertemporal Architecture and Justice
Dr. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Dr. Godofredo Pereira
"Burnt Acid Sait Hair"- Field Research Contaminated Lagoon"/ Chile 2018, Agbo-Ola, Palm Acid Crystal Print
"Like lemons in shrimp"- Field Research Toxic Lagoon"/ Chile 2018, Agbo-Ola, Palm Acid Crystal Print
"when bees talk"- Field Research Toxic Lagoon"/ Chile 2018, Agbo-Ola, Palm Acid Crystal Print
"I gave you dust now you give me water for fucks sake"- Field Research Land Conversations"/ Chile 2018, Agbo-Ola, Palm Acid Crystal Print