Agenda

The Molecularized Self - Cyborg, Alloys, Synthetics

Date
23 Mars 2018 19:00

(Conférence en anglais)
Stefanie Hessler est curatrice et écrivain. Née en Allemagne, elle vit entre Londres et Stockholm. Elle a fondé avec Carsten Höller l’espace Andquestionmark à Stockholm. Parmi ses expositions récentes on peut noter : “Tidalectics” au TBA21–Augarten, Vienne (2017); “Sugar and Speed” au Museum of Modern Art, Recife (2017); “Winter Event – antifreeze” au Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chili et aut Flora ars+natura, Bogotá (2015/16); “Outside” à Index avec diffusion d’un film au Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); “Klara Lidén: The Myth of Progress (Moonwalk)” au Lugar a Dudas, Cali (2014); et le festival et symposium “Performing Recalcitrance” au Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2012). Hessler écrit régulièrement pour ArtReview et Mousse magazine. Elle a publié les anthologies Life Itself, Ed. Moderna Museet et Walther König, et Tidalectics: Imagining an Oceanic Worldview through Art and Science, Ed. The MIT Press. Elle est actuellement professeur invité et curatrice au Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm et curatrice de la 6e biennale d’Athènes.
Dans cette conférence, Stefanie Hessler parlera de conglomérats de différentes sortes, avançant sur des figures chimiques proches du vivant, proches de ce que le biochimiste Isaac Asimov définit comme la possibilité d’une forme de « vie-pas-comme-on-la-connaît ». Dans une compilation rythmique de références issues de disciplines variées, et avec une sélection d’œuvres, elle s’intéressera à l’insertion de forces et de courants de matérialités qui peuvent s’animer, signaler, être dans l’affectif au sein de politiques moléculaires, anatomiques, biologiques actuelles.

From geobiological formations engendered by microorganisms bonding with chemicals, to cyborgian prosthetics and extensions, to modifications at the molecular level aided by genomics and pharmacology: traditional definitions of living and inert matter are in the midst of collapse. Compounds and amalgams confound the borders between natural and cultural worlds—borders that were drawn and naturalized by Western religious, jurisdictional, and philosophical realms.
While this uncertainty is unnerving, thinkers like the anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing maintain that “thinking through precarity makes it evident that indeterminacy also makes life possible. The only reason all this sounds odd is that most of us were raised on dreams of modernization and progress… The problem is that progress stopped making sense. More and more of us looked up one day and realized that the emperor had no clothes. It is in this dilemma that new tools for noticing seem so important.”
In this talk, Stefanie Hessler will speak about conglomerates of different kinds, drawing on the life-like features of chemicals pointing to what the writer and biochemist Isaac Asimov refers to as possibility of otherworldly “life-not-as-we-know-it.” In a rhythmical compilation of references from a variety of disciplines and alongside a selection of artworks, she will expound the insertion of the forces and flows of materialities that can become lively, signaling, and affective, into current bio-, anatomo- and molecular politics.
Stefanie Hessler is a curator and writer from Germany, currently based in London and Stockholm. She co-founded the art space Andquestionmark in Stockholm together with Carsten Höller. Recent curated exhibitions include “Tidalectics” at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna (2017); “Sugar and Speed” at the Museum of Modern Art, Recife (2017); “Winter Event – antifreeze” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile and at Flora ars+natura, Bogotá (2015/16); the 8th Momentum Nordic Biennial, Moss (2015); “Outside” at Index with a film screening at Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); “Klara Lidén: The Myth of Progress (Moonwalk)” at Lugar a Dudas, Cali (2014); and the festival and symposium “Performing Recalcitrance” at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2012). Hessler regularly writes for publications like ArtReview and Mousse magazine. She edited the anthologies Life Itself, published by Moderna Museet and Walther König, and Tidalectics: Imagining an Oceanic Worldview through Art and Science, published by The MIT Press. Currently, she is guest professor and curator at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and curator of the 6th Athens Biennale.

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