& Performative Workshop
Pevere | Anatomy of an inter-connected system
July, 2017, 2-6PM
Growing cellulose (bacterial culture in liquid
medium), Margherita Pevere, 2016. Photo: Margherita Pevere
Starting point of this seminar is the artists research at
the junction of visual arts, theoretical inquiry and investigation
of biological processes. The seminar will focus on the discourses
regarding human-nature relationship in the frame of todays
environmental crisis and how artistic practices involving living
organisms and technology can innovatively contribute to the debate.
How can artists problematise the complex interconnection between
humans and the biosphere in a hyper-technological era? With what
kind of aesthetic and ethical implications? The project aims at
engaging the audience in a performative discussion with a visual
The seminar is structured in two parts: a presentation and a participative
performance. In the presentation, Pevere will introduce key concepts
in the history of human relationship towards nature and how these
have influenced society, religion and knowledge production. How
did humans perceive nature in the Middle Ages? And in the Renaissance?
How did this affect society and the arts? What are Anthropocentrism
and the Anthropocene? Moving from this theoretical overview, Pevere
will critically present her own artistic practice along with a selection
of other artists works involving organic matter and technology.
In the participative performance, the artist will engage a discussion
with the audience about the themes of anthropocentrism and relationships
between human and non-human living beings. Ethical aspects of the
presented artistic practices will be addressed. During the discussion-performance,
the artist will draw and write notes about the debate on a sheet
of paper as large as the gallery wall and invite members of the
audience to do the same. The resulting graffiti will be a visualization
of the discussion as well a symbolic map of the interconnections
between humans and the biosphere.
Deeply fascinated by biological processes, Margherita Pevere
is a visual artist and researcher investigating decay and transformation
of human and non-human matter. Her practice features a unique combination
of organic and technological materials: she grows bacterial cultures,
manipulates paper and photographic film, collects organic relics,
captures ephemeral lights with digital video and plans to store
a digitized collection of memories on bacterial genome. Pevere received
a Masters at the Berlin University of the Arts and is now a PhD
candidate in Artistic Research at Aalto University in Helsinki (FIN).
She is member of the Finnish Bioart Society. Most recent exhibitions
include the Article Biennial i/o lab, Stavanger (NO) and
State Festival, Berlin.
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