Sticking with the Trouble
Workshop | With Mary Maggic (on-site!)
Art Laboratory Berlin welcomes you to our new series Permeable Bodies (May – December 2023) with artistic and feminist explorations of embodiment and identity in flux, as well as an investigation of our interconnection and interaction with the environment around us. With reading groups, talks, workshops and podcasts we propose a net of narratives of permeability to encompass a poetic (post)natural history of being woman throughout 2023. It is our great pleasure to welcome you to a on-site workshop with artist and researcher Mary Maggic. Prior to the workshop, Maggic will give an online-talk Performing the Sublime Sea of Co-Mattering (22 November).
This five-hour workshop explores the use of “stickiness” as both a practice and discourse for resistance, messiness, and alien knowledging. The “stickiness” is made from an invasive plant called Kudzu, originating from East Asia and fated for eradication if found in the West. In a series of exercises that involve scavenging, blind sensing, and cooking with stickiness, participants embrace the entangled glue that binds us to disobedient relations, no matter how hard we try to separate them.
Mary Maggic (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a Vienna-based non-binary Chinese American artist and researcher working on the fuzzy intersections of body and gender politics and capitalist ecological alienations. Maggic frequently deploys biohacking as a xenofeminist practice of care that serves to demystify invisible lines of molecular Biopower to demystify. They are currently a member of the online network Hackteria: Open Source Biological Art, the lab theater collective Aliens in Green, the Asian feminist collective Mai Ling Vienna Vienna, and the radical curriculum project Pirate Care and the online Cyberfeminism Index.