Repository of a Yearning Hybrid or How to Evoke a Symbiont

Villa Merkel, Esslingen, DE
02 March – 02 June 2024

Repository of a Yearning Hybrid or How to Evoke a Symbiont materializes a story of Peá, the pea-human hybrid, developing her own ways of evoking relationships via organs of touch, tools for care and greenhouse for listening to symbiotic flux.

Repository of a Yearning Hybrid or How to Evoke a Symbiont is a work about the way of symbiotic connection to biological entangled networks via examination of human knowledge production and organization. By employing storytelling the work forms an imaginary world of Pȇa, a pea-human hybrid, who yearns for a symbiont and positions it into an artwork that combines repository and greenhouse features.

Yearning in the context of this work serves as invocation of practice of experimenting to find other ways of connecting, which may go beyond extraction economies for which most of hybrids are grown. Most of current knowledge production and its tools serve individualistic capitalistic and anthropocentric agenda, however Pȇa as the Other, as the hybrid, with her symbiotic experiments speculates and yearns for networks, entanglements and community to be part of. As psychological phenomena it is precisely the yearning that makes Pȇa explore and open up to new ways of being.

Exhibitions:

The Senses of Plants / Die Sinne der Pflanzen, artistic direction: Julia Katharina Thiemann, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany [March – June 2024]
Krater, Trajna Collective, Ljubljana, Slovenia [September – March 2022]
Brno Art Open, curators Milan Mikulaštík and Milan Kreuzzieger, House of Arts Brno / Dům umění města Brna, Brno, Czechia [June – August 2022]

 

 

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Repository of a Yearning Hybrid or How to Evoke a Symbiont, 2022
Avtorica: Saša Spačal

Scientific consultant: Primož Turenšek
Technical and scientific support: Mirjan Švagelj
Sound collaboration: Pim Boreel
Illustration: Trina Čuček Meršol
3D modeling: Lovrenc Košenina
Membrane production: Urša Štrukelj
Artwork production: Dům umění města Brna
Special thanks: Jitka Pernesová
Support for the show at Villa Merkel: Zavod Projekt Atol

Bio

Saša Spačal je postmedijska umetnica, ki dela na presečišču raziskovanja živih sistemov, sodobne in zvočne umetnosti. Njeno umetniško raziskovanje se osredotoča na prepletenosti kontinuuma med kulturo in okoljem. Z razvojem tehnoloških vmesnikov in vzpostavljanjem odnosov z organskimi in mineralnimi akterji obravnava posthumano situacijo s poudarkom na biopolitikah in nekropolitikah sodobnega časa. Njena dela so bila predstavljena na številnih domačih in mednarodnih prizoriščih kot so Ars Electronica Festival (AT), Prix Cube Exhibition (FR), Transmediale Festival (DE), Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (RU), Onassis Cultural Center Athens (GR), Chronos Art Center (CN), Eyebeam (US), Cynetart Festival (DE), National Art Museum of China (CN), MSUM (SI), Galerija Kapelica (SI), Device_art (HR), Art Laboratory Berlin (DE), Sonica Festival (SI), Kiblix Festival (SI), Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje (SI), Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (RS), Lisboa Soa Festival (PT). Za svoja dela je prejela tudi nagrade in nominacije, med njimi za Prix Ars Electronica, Ars Electronica Starts Prize, Japan Media Art Award, Prix Cube, New Technology Art Award in New Aesthetica Prize.

Saša Spačal