Image (detail): Plant Collection BKL – Two Machines used in the Brown Coal Ditches – 30.05.2017. Work by Camilla Berner, 2017. Courtesy of the Artist.
Camilla Berner, Andrea Callard, Lindsey french, Yvette Granata, Next Epoch Seed Library, Shuling Yuan and Ingo Vetter
Curated by Alex Young
11 March - 30 April, 2022
SixtyEight Art Institute welcomes you to our new exhibition, Ruderal Futures, organised by the American artist/curator Alex Young with artists Camilla Berner, Andrea Callard, Lindsey french, Yvette Granata, Next Epoch Seed Library, Shuling Yuan and Ingo Vetter. This ecocritical futures exhibition continues our two-year program of exhibitions, called Memoirs of Saturn that is looking into new relations between art, nature, and prosperity in a warming world.
Opening: Friday 11 March, 18:00-21:00
Location: Gothersgade 167
Ruderal Futures is an ongoing research project that articulates a manifest proposition: inherited world systems – of colonial biopower, of capitalism, of modernity – can, will, and are ending. Subsequently, from the weeds of their ruin, a new more-than-human collective ‘we’ might emerge enriched.
Adapted from urban ecology, the word ‘ruderal’ refers to plants and other life-forms that populate environments disturbed by natural phenomena and human activity. However, more broadly, the ruderal exists both within and beyond the forces of state planning and capitalism’s project of organising nature, simultaneously holding a mirror to dominant systems while pointing towards forms of resistance and utopian otherness. By order of magnitude, it is less a product of human relations with their environment than the profound alteration of the earth’s surface that results from the hierarchical systems exceeding the agency of individuals and multitudes alike. Here, the ruderal emerges as a distinct minor territory and incidental model for futurity, gleaned from the wilful omission of a holistic conception of multispecies collaboration.
This exhibition evolves from an open-ended milieu of artist-researchers engaged with ruderal ecologies, who are here gathered to address the potential of weedy others as co-creators of alter-worlds of abundance. Using this platform, their contributions evoke plausible worlds of nonhierarchical kinship from the aftermath of both historic and ongoing colonial violence and capitalist anthropogenic land use. In this sense, Ruderal Futures presents a constellation of research-based practices assembled as an anarchive of intersecting citational affinities. Together, this exhibition unfolds in a form of space and time travel, where past, present, and future encounters – once dispersed over vast terrestrial divides – coalesce into this auspicious site of germination.
For SixtyEight Art Institute, works by Camilla Berner, Andrea Callard, Lindsey french, Yvette Granata, Next Epoch Seed Library, and Shuling Yuan and Ingo Vetter span over three continents and nearly five decades–from the 1970s to today. Each artist employs means of ruderal sensing in active examination of the heterogeneity of urban life. Their contributions present creative registers or proposals addressing countless entanglements between both human and other-than-human actors. The resultant projects materialise in practices of care, receptivity, and awareness toward subaltern spaces, species, and subjectivities that reside in the margins of authority and prevailing rigid disciplinary interests. Adopting diverse media and methods of social and ecological analysis, the artists presented here are united in genuine post-disciplinary and post-medium processes of interrelation.
Via these approaches, the artists in Ruderal Futures move on from narratives of scarcity, utility, productivity, and growth that shape extractive means of tapping environmental surroundings as resources. In doing so, they expose modes of being-with-the-world that are efflorescing out of the complex and contaminated gardens of these alien commons.
For the Next Epoch Seed Library, I’ve installed Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory at two sites at Seton Hall University, in concert with the exhibition, New World Water, opening in November, and curated by Samantha Becker and Jeanne Brasile. I’ll be monitoring these sites through the fall and documenting what species grow.
Chance Ecologies: Queens
A Community Partnership Exhibition Program at the Queens Museum
Curated by Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Building
Opening reception: October 8, 2pm-4pm
Participatory workshops and public performances: October 16
Chance Ecologies Symposium: October 23
Closing Date: October 30
Image: Suzanne Anker, Twilight, 2016, courtesy of the artist. Photography: Raul Valverde
9 December 2016 – 11 February 2017
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10011 USA
The faster, bigger, cheaper approach to food that is slowly draining our planet’s resources and compromising our health has also attracted the attention of a large number of artists internationally. Merging their aesthetic and social practice, these artists could fit in the expanded field of the “aesthetic of engagement”.
Berta Sichel and Barbara Krulik (Bureau Phi Art Projects)
Suzanne Anker (USA)
Kelly Heaton (USA)
Marine Hugonnier (France)
Ellie Irons (USA)
Juan de Junco (Spain)
Lucia Madriz (Costa Rica/Germany)
Beth Moyses (Brazil)
Anne Percoco (USA)
Luis Fernando Ramirez Celis (Colombia)
Carlos Schwartz (Spain)
Living Together: Nurturing Nature in the Built Environment
Dana Fritz, Ellie Irons, Anne Percoco, and Tattfoo Tan
March 21 – May 13, 2016
Curated by Gallery Director Kristen Evangelista, this exhibition addresses our complex, mediated, and often fraught relationship with nature, and features plants as well as photography, drawing, and collage by Dana Fritz, Ellie Irons, Anne Percoco and Tattfoo Tan.
Opening tomorrow, 4/10, and artist talk Monday, 4/18.
Greetings and Happy Autumn!
I’m excited to share that Ellie Irons and I are collaborating on a new project: the Next Epoch Seed Library, which we hope will grow to an extensive, participatory archive of the seeds of weeds. Thriving where others can’t or won’t, these hardy plants are best adapted to live in the long shadow we throw on the landscape. Learn more here: nextepochseedlibrary.org
We are debuting the project this month as part of Intersecting Imaginaries, organized by No Longer Empty’s Curatorial Lab. We are building a cabinet of small drawers into the cavity of an i-beam in the raw exhibition space. We also have a special collection from the Bronx, gathered with the help of Rena Lee.
The season for harvesting seeds is here. Would you like to contribute to NESL? Let me know – I’ll send you instructions!
Address: 900 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Subway: 3 blocks from the Yankee Stadium stop on the 4 Train
Exhibition Website: http://ow.ly/UV7Vf
Viewing Hours: Wed-Fri, 2-8 pm; Sat & Sun, 12-6 pm
Dates: Nov 20 to Dec 13
GYRE: Our Plastic Ocean is now on view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles through November 21st!
USC Fisher Museum of Art:
Write-Up by Allison Meier on Hyperallergic, Sept. 1, 2015: