An exhibition by the University of Applied Arts
Vienna / Angewandte Innovation Lab
The exhibition "Ecologies and Politics of the Living"
explores the relationship between animate and inanimate environments, against the backdrop of a politically and economically
interwoven world – primarily from southern perspectives. Similar to ecological inquiries into the interrelations of all existing
organisms and processes on planet earth, the artistic positions focus on the intersection of living beings, (in)organic structures
and their economic, temporal and spatial conditions.
Instead of thinking about
“Climate Care” in technological, design or solution-based terms, which only reproduce capitalist ideologies of progress and
accumulation, the exhibition will present speculative narratives. By breaking with the logic of linear development and the
dominant notion of perpetual progress, it deals with questions of coexisting beyond the anthropogenic status quo, as a response
and an alternative to capitalist notions of progress as well as other exploitative and invasive practices that are inscribed
in our global history of conquest (of "nature" and "peoples").
While some artistic positions look
at the transformation of biological matter through chemical and physical processes, others analyze cultivation and upcycling
processes from a socio-economic perspective. These processual and research-based projects address the production and processing
of plants and raw materials in the context of the food and pharmaceutical industries, architecture and the visual arts.
a post-anthropocentric reading, the exhibition "Ecologies and Politics of the Living" explores different narratives and presents
a polyphonic collection of concepts focusing on planetary coexistence.
Mae-ling Lokko (GHA)
Ibrahim Mahama (GHA)
Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson (GHA)
New-Territories (s/he_f.Roche) (F/THA)
Susanne Wenger (AT/NGA)
Mahama, Künstler, Gründer und Leiter von Savanna Centre for Contemporary Art Tamale;
Baerbel Mueller, Architektin,
Forscherin, Professorin und Leiterin des [applied] Foreign Affairs Lab / Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien;
Falkensteiner, Kuratorin und Leiterin des Angewandte Innovation Lab / Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien
– Angewandte Innovation Lab
, 1010 Vienna, Georg-Coch-Platz 2 (former Postal Savings Bank)viennabiennale.org
28. Mai 2021, 19:00 - 21:00