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ABiotic Factors - MA Fine Art graduation show 2017




ABiotic Factors
Curator: Marion von Osten
Participants: Chao Wang, Dinos Milonas, Elena Pietrini Sanchez, Haoran Kang, Susan Tyler Jenkins, Tereza Telúchová, and Zhengqing Li. 
Opening: June 23 17.00 – 19.00
Exhibition: June 24 – July 9, Wed – Sun 12.00 – 18.00
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht More information: www.bakonline.org  


ABiotic Factors 
Water on asphalt mirroring the sky, the prism in a drop of oil, a smuggled tree, a network of waterways, slimy drops crawling along a metal fence, an eco-machine pumps liquids. The urban landscape is equally biological, social, built and geophysical. Cities are ecosystems, not just in a metaphorical sense but actually inhabited by subnature, human and non-human animals, toxic components, machines, electricity, gas pipes and telephone cables, and informed by climate conditions, traffic organization, public and private zones, and social interactions. The nature-culture of contemporary urban societies is the point of departure for this year’s international Master students exhibition at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht. 

In opposition to an understanding of ecosystems projected solely on an idealized natural environment, the exhibition by the group of young artists from Mexico, China, Czech Republic, Greece, and the United States takes the urban environment as the site of mutual interactions between different living and non-living agents. An imported tree growing in a backyard created its own migratory existence in the Netherlands, Micro events in the streets of Utrecht become triggers for poetic narratives, the inner body of obsolete technology becomes the cartography for an unknown future and projections of/on plants reflect the abstracted scientific gaze. Social interactions are far from ideal, societal determination, competition, individualism; the neoliberal governance of the subject has also created darker sides in the unconsciousness. Are there ways to intervene in these conditions? What if a game is played beyond its binary conception? What if the unconsciousness is taken as the relevant source of being? Critical ecology in this sense includes a new spirit, situating the human animal in reciprocal relation to all diverse biotic and abiotic factors of today’s nature/culture: beyond the Anthropocene.

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