ABOUT THE OU\ /ERT project
By Jens Hauser et Aniara Rodado, curators of the exhibition
The OU\ /ERT project: Phytophilia - Chlorophobia - Situated Knowledges, puts anthropocentric assertions to the test in the age of ubiquitous greenwashing that masks the damage that unfettered capitalism inflicts on ecological and social systems. This artistic action project opens up fields of questioning beyond the symbolic, and emphasizes the importance of a material, epistemological and political commitment of the arts at a time of environmental crisis. Thus, the invited artists physically engage in investigating possible forms of aliveness, and favour an approach to bodies as multidimensional symbiotic entities, transversal and trans-species ecologies, while deconstructing ontologies based solely on human individuality. OU\ /ERT thus questions the tendency of modern human civilizations to want to «green everything» as hyper-compensation. Based on a misinterpretation of vegetation, the human takes ‘green’ to be a symbolic analogy of ‘natural’, whereas the perception of the electromagnetic spectrum corresponding to ‘green’ reveals above all an anthropocentrism: the human eye distinguishes preferentially and with the greatest acuity the colour green, because of biological evolution, whereas this wavelength is useless to the photosynthesis process of plants whose chlorophyll absorbs blue and red light by photosynthesis, but reflects the emission spectrum corresponding dominantly to green as ‘residue’. As humans are inclined to take this spectral surplus for the very essence of the plant, this misunderstanding also leads them to reduce the plant to its photosynthetic function, or to its capacity to sequester carbon dioxide. This paradox leads us to a mistrust of green metaphors, while insisting on the importance of situated knowledge about chlorophyllous organisms, which are the vast majority on our planet and essential for all other forms of life. Three main axes run through this project of exhibitions, performances and artistic and scientific education:
• a tendency of «plantamorphisation» in art and philosophy, which not only includes a reflection on the notions of centrality and individuality, but which is articulated through artistic attitudes in which the plant is both a figure of thought and a collaborating agent;
• the deconstruction of the symbolic and superficial use of ‘green’ as a masquerade, supposedly synonymous with ecological and vegetal;
• the integration of recent research on the sensory modalities of plants and traditional knowledge on pharmacopoeia, using non-anthropocentric speculations in order to transform our sensorium, and to increase our perception of the environment and the current climate conditions.
An important place is being given to the question of agency of other nonhuman organisms and experimental systems, to their very micro-performativity, rather than focusing on the human techne, while highlighting contemporary philosophical thought that advocates the continuum between species and their microscopic interconnections. Hybrid art forms, inspired by Science and Technology Studies (STS), are explored that promise to open up perspectives for reconsidering non-human otherness, potentials and agency through plants, animals and micro-organisms. Emphasis is also placed on what plant company means for witches, alchemists and shamans who have developed, in different cultures and contexts, techniques to overcome the visible and access other realities. This goes hand in hand with the very concept of situated knowledge, as put forward by Donna Haraway: “ We seek … not partiality for its own sake but, rather, for the sake of the connections and unexpected openings situated knowledges make possible. The only way to find a larger vision is to be somewhere in particular. ”
Liste des oeuvres, description des oeuvres, biographies des artistes à venir…
DANCE / PERFORMANCES WEEK-END
Saturday, October 19
12pm - 10pm — Houlocène | Antre Peaux
› Skotopoiesis – Performance by Špela Petrič
3:30pm— Nadir | Antre Peaux
› Arts, Sciences et Entreprises – Confèrence avec Aniara Rodado, Quimera Rosa, et un.e représentant.e de l’entreprise Génialis
17h30 — Transpalette | Antre Peaux
› Shadows from the Walls of Death – Performance de Adam Brown
8pm— Nadir | Antre Peaux
› Transplantations immatérielles – Performance de Lechedevirgen Trimegisto
Sunday, October 20
14h – 16h — Houlocène | Antre Peaux
› Skotopoiesis – Finale de la Performance by Špela Petrič
4pm — Nadir | Antre Peaux
› La danse du plaqueminier – Performance du collectif dance for plants.
5pm — Nadir | Antre Peaux
› I can’t forgive you – ICFY – Poésie sonore de Pedro Soler.
› Clôture du week-end avec un apéritif offert par Roger Rabbitch et Barbarea Verna
Curator and author, Jens Hauser lives and works in Paris and Copenhagen where he is an affiliated researcher at the Medical Museion of the University of Copenhagen. He is also a distinguished member of the Department of Arts, Art History and Design at Michigan State University, a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Danube University Krems. As a media studies scholar, he questions the interactions between art and technology, and has curated some twenty international exhibitions.
Choreographer, artist and researcher, Aniara Rodado extends her practice beyond dance and beyond the human body in order to question the current ecological crises at a time of techno-scientific fetishisation. From a trans-feminist perspective, she explores witchcraft and interspecific relationships coming from the plant world. Aniara Rodado is also a Ph.D candidate in science and arts at the École Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay.
More informations: https://ou-vert.ku.dk/
CITY OF BOURGES
TRANSPALETTE / NADIR / HAÏDOUC / HOULOCÈNE
› 24-26 Route de la chapelle
HALLE AU BLÉ
› 8 Rue Paul Commenge
ENSA - LA BOX
› 7/9 Rue Edouard Branly
› Rue de l’Hôtel Lallemant
CHÂTEAU D’EAU - CHÂTEAU D’ART
› 35 rue de Séraucourt