Kat Austen | Mary Maggic | Fara Peluso
19 January 2019, 7PM
20 January - 17 March 2019
- Sun 2-6PM and by appointment
March 2019, 9 PM: HYDRO_PERFORMANCE Night. Performances, Talks
with New Cassettes and Vinyls! With Kat Austen, Robertina Šebjanič
and Fara Peluso
|Installation view Kat Austen,(left), Fara Peluso (right)|
Watery Ecologies. Artistic Research
presents three artists pursuing research in biology, chemistry
and ethnography with distinct DIY methods. Diverse approaches
to the hydrosphere, the sum of the planet's water, explore the
foundations of life and the threat of human impact on both the
environment and our own bodies.
|Installtion view, Mary Maggic|
|Kat Austen, The Matter of the Soul/ Symphony, 2017-ongoing|
|Kat Austen, The Matter of the Soul, 2017-ongoing|
Matter of the Soul examines the impact of climate change in the
Canadian High Arctic through sound composition, sculpture and
performance. Here, Kat Austen, an artist with a PhD in
Chemistry, combines scientific knowledge, hacked equipment and
ethnographic research with a strong aesthetic approach. Crucial
to the work is the lived experience of being in a time of melting
in the Arctic. The compositions contain field recordings of acidity
and salinity, affected by arctic ice melt, using altered pH and
conductivity meters; as well as samples from interviews with visitors
to and inhabitants of Baffin Island and Resolute, Canada.
|Mary Maggic, installation view|
The work of Mary Maggic focuses on the presence and effect
of endocrine disruptors in water. Not just estrogen from birth
control pills, but many pesticides and other chemicals produce
estrogen-like chemicals that flow into wetlands and infiltrate
drinking water. Maggic's work also questions our cultural notions
of gender conformity at a time when our industrial drainage has
changed the environment chemically and hormonally for over a century.
Maggic's projects Open Source Estrogen and Estrofem!
Lab generate DIY protocols for the extraction and detection
of estrogen hormones from bodies and environments, reflecting
micro-performability and a potential for sex and gender hacking.
|Mary Maggic, Video: Housewives Making Drugs, 2017|
|Fara Peluso, Installation view|
|Fara Peluso, VIVA, 2016|
Artist designer Fara Peluso's long-term research focuses
on potential uses for algae as an environmental regulator, source
for sustainable materials, and aesthetic catalyser of biophilia.
She proposes a closer relationship between humans and algae as
an answer to our current environmental crisis. Her research and
practice combine working with biotechnologists and DIY scientists
with speculative and critical design to produce a myriad of innovative
design and artistic solutions.
|Fara Peluso, Algae based materials, 2017- ongoing|
All Photos © Tim Deussen 2019
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