Reading with My Whole Body: An Interview with Essi Kausalainen

Reading with My Whole Body: An Interview with Essi Kausalainen

I’ve realized that when looking at a plant body I’m always looking at the whole ecosystem, the surroundings, the weather, the climate—all of that is inseparable from the plant body. The same goes with us. The “I” making the work is actually the world around me: it is the plants I live with, the plants I eat and drink that build my body and its bacterial terrain, the people around me, the books I read, the society and its values…I am just a compost trying to create fertile ground out of this all.

In and Out of Virtual Space: An Interview with Robert Burnier

In and Out of Virtual Space: An Interview with Robert Burnier

While dérive was a response to physical urban spaces, we also experience our contemporary urban geography through virtual structures, with populations acting in concert with communications networks and sets of common interfaces and devices, etc. In my work, I’ve put virtual and physical spaces on par in certain ways. They are both material for use.

Goal-less Living Things: The Plants of Heidi Norton

Goal-less Living Things: The Plants of Heidi Norton

Houseplants are our way of corralling nature, organizing it, and preserving it. They make ecology accessible and domestic. Still, houseplants, vegetation, botanical enterprise all have histories and experiences far bigger than me. As a material, their associated context is greater than my conception, but I like that. Plants, as a medium, have an ability to shift the work through various paradigms and intertexts: from fine art, to science, to personal and intimate, to vernacular.

In Defense Against Material: An Interview A Laurie Palmer

In Defense Against Material: An Interview A Laurie Palmer

In that philosophical poem, Lucretius asks straightforwardly: What is this place? What is it made of? How does it work? His answers are as helpful now as they were in 50 BCE, in the sense that his curiosity, detailed observations, and empirical imagination still reverberate. He was an early proponent of a DIY ethic: he trusted his own experience to make sense of things.

Into Visibility: An Interview with Linda Tegg

Into Visibility: An Interview with Linda Tegg

Caring put me into a specific and active relationship to the plants; in some ways we’re in it together. The act of caring creates the potential for us to influence each other. We’re co-constituted. I also think that care bring things into visibility.

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (8/25-8/31)

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (8/25-8/31)

1. Community Conversation: The Importance of Art on the South Side August 29, 2016, 6-8PM Organized by Ode to the City Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative: 1456 E 70th St, Chicago, IL 60637   2. Symptoms: Satirical Drawings By Tom Torluemke August 26, 2016,...