GROUP EXHIBITION: SYMBIOTIC AGENCIES
Can the current ecological crisis be addressed by shifting our perspective on non-human life forms, and imagining new interspecies collaborations?
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8 pm (with phone registration)
Can the current ecological crisis be addressed by shifting our perspective on non-human life forms, and imagining new interspecies collaborations? Happening as part of Creamcake’s ongoing decentralized 3hd Festival programme, “Symbiotic Agencies” is a group exhibition dealing with the dynamic relationships between art, technology, nature, and humankind. Artists and collectives—including Timur Si-Qin, The Mycological Twist, Sandra Mujinga, Jenna Sutela—work across video, photography, sculpture, and painting. They each address and examine the state of civilization today, and our connection with other living organisms, as well as artificial intelligence. Sean-Kierre Lyon's fierce yet delightfully cute “keepers of the forest” emerge in the form of paintings
and soft sculptures that are rooted in resilience and solidarity.
Yein Lee’s surreal nightmare visions investigate human and non-human, technical and organic, forms of existence. Claude Eigan’s fictional poetic environments explore a collective imaginary in the fragile, inconspicuous, and dysfunctional of the everyday. These “Mudbird” sculptures interplay with Johann Besse’s photographic still lifes, which unite the two artists’ interest in cycles of natural decomposition, and documenting the opposing aesthetic forces of stagnation. Decentralized queer organism The Institute for Queer Ecology (IQECO) addresses the brutal consequences of climate change in its Metamorphosis video series, using apocalyptic imagery to make it clear that the earth is literally on fire. Collectively, the artists making up the exhibition conceptualize fantastical beings, bold visions of the future, and alternative imaginaries in the Anthropocene.
"Symbiotic Agencies" is a part of 3hd 2020: “UNHUMANITY”, which has been growing into a queer-feminist biotope since August last year. In times of climate crisis and pandemic, the festival’s sixth edition has evolved into a neural network of international initiatives, online contributions and IRL events with its main node being in Berlin.
Participants Symbiotic Agencies:
Claude Eigan & Johann Besse, Timur Si-Qin, Jena Sutela, Yein Lee, Sean-Kierre Lyons, Sandra Mujinga, The Institute of Queer Ecology, The Mycological Twist
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About Creamcake / 3hd Festival
Creamcake is a Berlin-based, interdisciplinary platform negotiating the point of convergence in music, visual art, and performance, as well as digital culture and the contemporary discourse surrounding it. Founded by Daniela Seitz and Anja Weigl in 2011, together they initiate and organize concerts, performances, symposiums and digital projects; lectures, workshops, exhibitions and festivals, including 3hd, Paradise Found, インフラ INFRA,
NextGen, Europool and "<Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer>”.
Presenting artists whose work is characterized by intersectional, feminist, queer, and decolonial approaches, our aim is to produce and navigate experiences outside of normative social structures by providing a critical engagement with these perspectives. Creamcake cooperates with a number of community spaces and institutions such as Klosterruine, OHM, Südblock, Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Bob’s Pogo Bar, Goethe in the Skyways.
We provide a stage for the stories in which dominant power structures and their effects on technology, sexuality, identity and the creative arts are explored, while actively encouraging women and people of all genders to work together on an equal basis.
3hd Festival is curated and organized by Creamcake, and made possible with the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with Galerie im Körnerpark and kindly supported by the Bureau des arts plastiques, the Institut français and the french Ministry of Culture.
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