The era of human scale art and design may be over. Increasingly, we need forms of intervention that take into account the deep, temporal impact of material processes and practices. Whilst developing planetary modes of vision, communication, and control we have altered the very ecosystems we seek to assert mastery over. In rendering the entire Earth an object of scientific study and commercial interest we have become implicated in the deep futures of every organism that grows, crawls, and blooms on its surface. Alongside this our economic and social systems have become so entwined with the natural order we separate ourselves from, that they have begun to evolve like organisms themselves, mutating beyond our capacity to understand them. As Richard Pell and Lauren Allen outline in their definition of post-nature, human beings inhabit a world where organisms, their habitats and evolutionary niches, are no longer determined simply by ecological pressures, but by an ongoing negotiation between commerce, regulation, and genetics 1, a relationship that, we argue, increasingly works both ways.
Beginning from their contributions to The 3D Additivist Cookbook, artists Geraldine Juarez, Antonio Esparza, Darlene Farris-Labar, and the collective ARTKELAB, offer works for this exhibition that probe the concept of the post-natural. The works intervene on synthetic/natural, technological/cultural boundaries using 3D fabrication as a tool for critical, poetic, and playful activism. Each work tackles questions of significant contemporary relevance to the Mediterranean region from ludicrous dystopian futures, offering post-natural hybrids as conduits for weird forms of political engagement that might have a chance of altering our understanding of the cultural now.
1 "Out of the Lab, Into the Wild - Center for PostNatural History." Accessed January 11, 2016.
The installation features:
The 3D Additivist Manifesto by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, with sound design by Andrea Young, 2015
The 3D Additivist Cookbook by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, 2016-17
USOA 1.0 (Ultimate Software Open Animal) by ARTKELAB, 2015-17
Kauri by Geraldine Juárez, 2015-17
Ancient Mediterranean Flowers from the Soil's Edge by Darlene Farris-LaBar, 2017
The TurtleBag by Antonio Esparza, 2016-17
The 3D printed objects were produced especially for this exhibition.