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NEW DATES: November 4, 2021 – November 11, 2021

POSTPONED DUE TO SHUT-DOWN IN VIENNA

Curated by Fernando Schrupp &. Nadja Verena Marcin

Opening: Thursday, November 4, 3-7 PM (CET)

Location: Vienna, Austria


Presented by flat1

Artists: Mary Maggic, Nadja Verena Marcin, Eliana Otta, and Joulia Strauss

Guest Speakers: Amy Thornton, Ryan Beitz & Joulia Strauss


Jointly organized by Kunstraum LLC in Brooklyn and flat1 in Vienna, eco-Logix focuses on the possibilities of contemporary female artists as mediators between human society and the so-called natural environment. It looks at new modes of cultural and artistic expression that have emerged by selected women artists in the context of current controversies and reconciliations, including economic, cultural, social, environmental, violence, and gender-related issues, specifically within the outbreak of a global epidemic.

The eco-Logix artists come together in admiration for life and their immediate environments – made of buildings, people, animals, plants, social structures, and survival tactics. Through sensitive inside-out perspectives and poetic gestures, they examine histories of human intervention onto the planet and onto our own bodies within. In the medium of video, sculpture, photography, and drawing, this course of reflection displays absurdities, ambiguities, disparities, and, above all, hope.


The selected works reveal a between-the-lines thinking filled with amplifications, humor, poetry, and silence, which offer help to re-orient, de-colonize, re-late, and un-wind.


Through inherent questioning from eco-feminist perspective, the exhibition eco-Logix catapults diverse strategies from the Anthropocene into ones of a higher conscience.


Mary Maggic’s mandala projection and latex piece in Milik Bersama Rekombinan (2019), or RecombinantCommons, reflects on the polluted landscape of River Code (“cho-deh”) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia--a surreal landscape colonized by plastic and the local citizens who live densely and intimately in its watery embrace. While water is the medium that connects us all, it is also the primary carrier of the industrial molecules,simultaneously queering both the river and the bodies of its inhabitants. Maggic asks. “Can the marginalized people of River Code care for the health of the river as if it were their own bodies?”


Premiering shortly before the #metoo movement coalesced, Nadja Verena Marcin’s video How to Undress in Front of Your Husband (2016) is a critical commentary on the misogynistic society of our predecessors—the generations that educated us. This one-to-one, tongue-in-cheek re-staging of a 1942 short features Marcin in double-role as Elaine and Trixie, revealing the do’s and don’ts of female disrobing as told through an authoritarian male voice. Like a glimpse into a former time, it reveals a shockingly misogynistic intent within our contemporary context.


Eliana Otta’s animation Refundación (2011) is made of tigers cut from blankets, a popular technique across Latin America, assembled, and folded in a photographic stop motion process. In the video, two tigers emerge from the inside of the iconic mountain Cerro San Cristobal with its poor settlements overlooking the city of Lima, Peru. In the background, a hybrid of indigenous Peruvian and European music plays. The tigers slink down towards the government palace, with playful claws brandished, to demolish it. From the debris, flowers start to grow, then singing and dancing Peruvian women arise to celebrate the start of a new time.


Joulia Strauss’s kin making, speculative fabulist and situated feminist drawings of mythical multi-species beings are a critical component of the initiative #LegalRights4AkadimiaPlatonosJungle (2018). Protesting for the development-threatened park in the Athen’s neighborhood Akadimia Platonos as an ecological personhood. The initiative formed alongside many groups active inside the park, asks European legislative bodies to seek inspiration in animist cosmologies, for the education system to transform through indigenous forms of knowledge, and demands an end to the separation between culture and nature.


Moderated by Fernando Schrupp Rivero, a transatlantic Zoom-Panel will accompany the exhibition, featuring researchers Amy Thornton and Ryan Beitz and artist Joulia Strauss on April 18 from 6-7:30 PM (CET). Alongside a panel discussion, Thornton and Beitz will present their own individual projects—where Thornton seeks a personal approach, Beitz deals with questioning the trajectory of capitalism through language. The video essay Transindigenous Assembly by Joulia Strauss will follow the presentations. A panel discussion, including the artists exhibiting in Vienna, engaging with the audience, will open the event to a larger public via the digital sphere.


Ryan Beitz will present his ongoing World Speed Project for which he seeks to obtain all available VHS copies of the hit 1994 action-adventure film Speed. To him, the total attainment of all available copies is an exercise in radical uselessness. In other words, to ask “why are you doing this” is the Capitalist’s question, since it presumes that use-value determines the worth of all endeavors. Beitz notes, “self-contradiction here notwithstanding.”


With Snow Room Amy Thornton shares an experiential meditation on her journey during the winter of COVID-19 in rural Vermont, emerging from a year of traumatic experience—hers, her family’s, her community’s. Reflecting on how embodied experience informs and shapes us far more dramatically and enduringly than text or screens, the presentation takes the viewer from Thornton’s struggle with isolation to finding connection with the full-sensory experience of her landscape and the surrounding multi-species. This experiment lead her to create a mutable installation in her small village: a COVID-safe gathering place for humans called the “snow room.”


Joulia Strauss initiated the Avtonomi Akadimia in the face of the threat to the “critical zone,” the thin layer of the Earth’s surface where all life happens. Under the auspices of this university of change that hybridizes contradictory forms of marginalized wisdom, her video essay is dedicated to all those indigenous climate activists who risk their lives fighting to improve how we treat the environment. Transindigenous Assembly is a daydreamed epistemology dictated by the oracle of plus-globalization for a University in Times of "Climate Chance."


EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING

Zoom Panel - Featuring Amy Thornton, Ryan Beitz & Joulia Strauss


Address: Radetzkystrasse 4, 1030 Vienna, Austria


Soft Opening: 4/11/2021, 15-19h

Talk: 7/11/2021, 18h

Last View: 11/11/2021, 15-19h


Contact: Nadja Marcin, 646.924.9656, nadja@kunstraumllc.com

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram @kunstraumllc, #Kunstraumllc

Image credit: Eliana Otta, Refundación, 2011.

 

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