Talk + Installation
CLICK / Adriana Knouf / USA / 2022 / 60 min.
Torsdag 25. august 2022 / Kulturværftet / Hal 19
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On the 25th of August artist Adriana Knouf will give a talk and preview new work at The Cultureyard in Elsinore, as part of her residency at Art Hub Copenhagen and collaboration with CLICK. Adriana will give a talk on a possible future for space exploration, that is queer, trans, decolonized, beyond binary thinking, and themes of purity. This will be followed by a preview of her new art installation which has been developed at The Cultureyard during the month of August.
Amateur Lithopanspermia is an experiment in lichen-human hybrids for the purpose of space travel. Rather than focusing on making space travel amenable to the human form, Adriana Knouf propose that we merge aspects of ourselves with an organism, lichen, that can deal with the ravages of space.
Collection of human materials that will sustain the lichen will occur from those who are often excluded from space activities, such as women, people of color, the differently abled, and LGBTQ+ people. The consensual collection of materials, as well as the offering of these materials to the lichen, inverts the usual relationship between humans and other living entities. These lichen-human hybrids will be encased in fallen meteorites, thus launching from earth what has already come here from the cosmos.
The rocks+hybrids will travel to Mars, or elsewhere in the solar system, using solar sails as their means of propulsion, obviating the need for chemical propellant in space. Workshops here on earth will weave new tales about non-anthropocentric space travel. These stories become technologies themselves, as they allow us to make manifest new desires for our more-than-human lives in outer space, pushing against colonialist and extractivist narratives.
Additionally, the project questions the desire for “purity” in making contact with other worlds in the solar system, highlighting the necessity of contamination and mixing when differing others come into contact. The Art Hub residency and collaboration with CLICK for Adriana Knouf is funded på S+T+ARTS, which stands for ‘Science and Technology in the Arts’, and is an EU initiative funded by the European Commission.