Emergent Ecologies— curated by Eben Kirksey April/May 2016

An exhibit that I am very pleased to have participated in. April 30- May 21, 2016 http://www.multispecies-salon.org/emergence/



Emergent ecologies are being fastened into place with new rivets and cyborg articulations. Amidst collapsing systems, unruly assemblages are flourishing and proliferating in unexpected places. Microbes that become emergent diseases—by finding novel exploits, pathways of transmission, or modes of existence—can quickly transform dominant political strategies, economic systems, or agricultural practices.  Emergences can also figure into collective hopes.  When a forest is clear-cut by loggers or destroyed by a volcanic eruption, emergent plants are the first to sprout.

Rather than be a static exhibit, that will stay the same from the opening and closing dates, our project will involve playing with the “hap” of what happens. Happiness, in the Old English sense of the word, means having “good hap” or fortune. We will be conducting experiments with happiness and glass, breaking down boundaries (and constructing new ones) to see what ecological communities might emerge.

Emergent Ecologies features bioart installations, living sculptures, paintings, photographs, and digital media.  Kilroy will be open to the public during a series of events and weekend gallery hours.

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