SAIC Galleries, Chicago. August 30 – December 3, 2021
Co-curated with artist Andrew S. Yang
Earthly Observatory explored how we sense, portray, and engage our deep planetary entanglements. Through crafted visions, close listening, and histories of conquest and protest, the exhibition examined the contested relations of ecology to economy, aesthetics to ethics that dominate our experience at one moment, and evades awareness in the next. Drawn from diverse practices across art, design, and the natural sciences, the works invite us to question the ways that we—as one among many earthlings—create our understanding of a manifold world. The exhibition featured the work of, among others, artists Mark Dion, Nandipha Mntambo, Terry Evans, Edgar Heap of Birds, and Terike Haapoja.
Aird Galleries and Contact Galleries, Toronto. October 30 – December 1, 2018
Co-curated with Matthew Brower
Digital Animalities was a two-venue exhibition of artworks exploring human-animal interactions in an age of risk. Digital technologies have been reshaping human understandings of animals and transforming the possibilities for human-animal relations. Artists have been at the forefront of exploring these challenges, using the languages and forms of artistic practice to stage, explore, and intervene in these emerging situations. These works present a range of approaches to the themes. They offer models for understanding new possibilities provided by new technologies, critiques of implicit tendencies in the workings and organizations of these technologies, and classifications and frameworks for orienting ourselves to these new possibilities.
At the John B. Aird Gallery, the theme of “Mapping” brought together works by Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall, Jonathon Keats, Gwen McGregor, Neozoon, Ken Rinaldo, Lou Sheppard, and Donna Szoke that suggest how new cartographies organize and orient us.
At the CONTACT Gallery, the theme of “Rendering” brought together works by Sara Angelucci, Ingrid Bachmann, Maria Fernanda Cardosa, Wally Dion, and Aki Inamota that reveal digital technology’s ability to scan and re-assemble aspects of reality.
Curated by Giovanni Aloi and Matthew Brower, Digital Animalities was part of an SSHRC funded research project entitled Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk led by Jody Berland of York University.
PLANTS, ANIMALS, MACHINES, OBJECTS!
'Sector 2337', Chicago. June, 12 2015
Program of short films co-curated with Caroline Picard
Everywhere we turn, we find a territory of nonhuman things. It is impossible to escape the trace of others—from material structures (plants, machines, animals and objects) to those all but invisible bodies outside the bounds of human perception (atoms, molecules, pollution, viruses, satellites, planets, etc.). To further explore a line of research established by its affiliated reading group Following Nonhuman Kinds, The Green Lantern Press presents a juried screening with cinematic examples of the subjective potential of nonhuman kinds.
ANIMALS ON FILM
Program of short films curated for ISAZ2012 conference at Cambridge University, UK. July 11-13, 2012
This program of short films explored human-animal relationships through the work of a diverse number of directors and filmmakers. It included Taus Makhacheva, Milorad Djuknic, Roz Mortimer, Marcus Coates, Jenny Gillam, and Sean Garland.
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