Symbionts are organisms of various species which are discovered collectively and thrive by way of their interdependent relations. They embrace mutualists such because the bee and the apple blossom, in addition to microbial organisms that flow into within the ambiance, oceans, and soil to make the oxygen we breathe. Symbionts may hover as potential predators or bloom as parasites—all types of entanglement thought-about by the artists in “Symbionts.”
Partaking residing entities corresponding to fungi or micro organism—a few of which can remodel artworks throughout the course of the exhibition—the artists in “Symbionts” embody a current revolution inside bioart. Whereas the code-driven works of bioart within the 2000s centered the artist’s authorial manipulation of genetic sequences, the various practitioners in “Symbionts” should not concerned about being masters of code. As an alternative, they discover what it means to be interdependent or collaborative, ceding particular person human management of an paintings in recognition of our more-than-human relations.
“Symbionts” foregrounds the truth that nearly all of genetic supplies within the “human” physique should not really human however considered “different”: micro organism, fungi, and virions. Likewise, works within the exhibition have interaction a biosphere dynamically modified by the expansion of mushrooms, the blooming of algae, the electrochemical output of micro organism, and the decomposition work of soil and its microorganisms. With experimental practices that blur the boundaries between artwork and science, whereas additionally underscoring the intersections of organic, social, and financial programs, these artists unveil the crucial interactions that give form to our world and the interspecies entanglements that evolve it.
at MIT Listing Visible Artwork Middle, Cambridge
till February 26, 2023