Polarities at MU Artspace

Co-curator Polarities: Psychology and Politics of Being Ecological at MU Artspace

I had the honor the co-curate the exhibition around the 2019 BioArt&Design Award winners. In addition I have written an essay to accompany the show. Every year, a grant of €25.000 is awarded to three teams of artists & scientists that explore the boundaries of scientific and artistic research centralizing artscience collaborations in the life sciences. Around the newly developed projects, an exhibition is created and shown at MU Artspace.

Photo by Boudewijn Bolleman for MU Artspace

About the exhibition

While the Anthropocene is screaming for attention and some believe the post-Anthropocene is already at the gates, it becomes increasingly difficult to determine our position. We’re collectively sliding along a scale from denial and indifference to fear and mournful rebellion. How do we move from debilitating indecision to an inevitable intervention?

With Polarities, MU is questioning the extremities of our age. Is economy truly the opposite of nature, female the opposite of male, extinction the opposite of survival?

Polarities presents the three winning projects of the Bio Art & Design Award 2019, developed in collaboration with leading Dutch researchers in the life sciences. They are shown alongside recent works of international artists and designers whose course isn’t set by a compass of contradictions. Follow the call of the lost Kaua’i ‘?‘? bird, feel the shifting of the Earth’s magnetic field and contribute to the quest for female sperm. Change is inevitable, but don’t worry too much: we are all ecological anyhow.

Polarities For an exhibition impression check: https://vimeo.com/377339782


29 November 2019 / 1 March 2020

MU Artspace
Torenallee 40-06
5617 BD Eindhoven
The Netherlands

Participating artists: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Christina Agapakis/Ginkgo Bioworks & Sissel Tolaas, Charlotte Jarvis, Emma van der Leest & Aneta Schaap-Oziemlak (BAD Award), Paul Verweij & Sybren De Hoog (Radboudumc / CWZ), Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Phillip Andrew Lewis, Irene Stracuzzi, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Jonathan Ho (BAD Award) & Joris Koene (VU), Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark IJzerman & Sébastien Robert, Michael Sedbon (BAD Award) & Raoul Frese (VU), Minji Choi

Polarities is curated by Angelique Spaninks & Xandra van der Eijk

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