Nature and culture are reworked; the one can no longer be the
resource for appropriation or incorporation by the other.
- Donna Haraway in A Cyborg Manifesto (1985)
Any idea we conceive as fact or truth is integrated into an
entire style of thought, of which we are usually unaware. Call the
cultural constraints trained incapacities, thought collectives,
social constructions of reality. Call the dominating inhibitions
that determine our point of view whatever you wish. They affect all
of us, including scientists.
- Lynn Margulis in the introduction to The Symbiotic Plant: A New Look At Evolution (1998)
“If nature is unjust, change nature!”
- Laboria Kubonics in Xenofeminism. A Politics for Alienation - 0x1A (2015)
Technology cannot be neutral.
Tools and technologies are designed to follow a purpose.
They carry the agenda of their creators. Therefore highlighting
and censorship will be executed
according to their ideology.
The more one differs from this
constructed normative the more
their needs and desires will be
This, however, is not only applied
on human-made technologies
but also on western science,
our general view on nature, on
the hierarchical relationship of
humankind and nature and how
this separation is preserved to
justify the still ongoing implementation of superiority.
For the second issue of the href zine, we had an open call for artists,
researchers, scientists, writers, publishers and activists to enter
their work to the following topics: Landscapes, Technoid Natures, Symbioses.
Coming from researching and curating techno-feminist traces with the last issue,
we stay in this constructed xyber*feminist framework to develop the upcoming Technoid Natures issue, together with the following contributors:
Fara Peluso is an artist/designer based in Berlin with a strong interest on biological process and other living organisms. From 2014 she pursues her deep research on algae working through a speculative approach how to envision new form of relationships between human beings and other organisms.
Luiza Prado is brazilian artist. His research is about artistic intercession in the cognitive and neural system.
The feminine, (des)colonization, syncretism, indigenous issues, gender, politics and psychosis - these subjects, among others, are related to his work that is triggered by his biography.
Leila is a plant and aspiring fungi, growing in Brooklyn.
REMEDIAL LANGUAGE FOR CLIMATE BREAKDOWN
by Wade Wallerstein
Digital&Dead is a collaborative entity (Rachel McRae and Sarah Derat) exploring issues intersecting online culture, digital legacy and death.
Digital&Dead has exhibited/presented work at Lewisham Art House, SPACE (UK), University College London’s Multimedia Anthropology Lab (UK), Scolacium Archeological Park (IT), Arebyte (UK), South London Gallery (UK), NADA Miami Beach (USA), Super Dakota (BE), and The Florence Trust (UK).
Wade Wallerstein is an anthropologist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His research centers around communication in virtual spaces and the relationship between digital visual culture and contemporary art. Wade is a member of the UCL Multimedia Anthropology Laboratory, Clusterduck Research Network, and also served as Technology & Events Curator at the Consulate of Canada in San Francisco. Most recently, Wade has curated a series of downloadable ZIP file exhibitions for Off Site Project, and will participate as a pavilion curator in the 2019 Wrong Biennale.
Raquel Villa experiments with the creation of digital procedural sculptural systems. By applying behavioral laws based on tweaked and modified physics, the systems can reach their own strange limits, evolving, growing and mutating. In the end, her main objective is to see how far can the systems go. She is currently based in Madrid.
Baghmeh's personal website
Diann Bauer is an artist and writer based in London. She is part of the working group Laboria Cuboniks who in 2015 wrote Xenofeminism: A Politics of Alienation and the collaborative A.S.T. based in Miami, whose focus is speculative urbanism and climate change. Bauer has screened and exhibited internationally at Tate Britain, the ICA and The Showroom, London, The Sharjah Biennale 13, UAE, Deste Foundation, Athens, The New Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York. She has taught and lectured widely at universities and cultural institutions including: Cornell University, Yale University and Cooper Union (US), HKW (Germany), DAI (Netherlands), Ashkal Alwan (Lebanon), Goldsmiths, The Baltic, The Tate and the ICA (UK).
galen tipton is a trans nonbinary artist currently based out of columbus, ohio. her work explores relationships between the assumed-to-be “natural” and the “unnatural,” queerness and identity, the emotional honesty of cliche and absurdism, ethical utopias and eco futurism, the repurposing of waste and excess, as well as the nuances of intimacy between things living and not living. her work is often childish and triumphant, embracing minimalism and maximalism simultaneously— always with a strong sense of play
galen tipton on bandcamp
Cássia Vila is an artist and designer. She lived further away from the ocean when in Brazil than now based in Germany. Her work manifests an effort to become a poet.
Ipek Burçak is an artist who is currently interested in neurodiverse mutualities that leak into the gaps between the computables or knowables.
Her latest work ‘The Autistic Turn’ is engaged with idiosyncrasies of the autism spectrum, humanoid robots and possibilities of both coming together in intersectional waters. Autistic turn comes after the western feminist turns and aims to bring a fresh introverted wave.
The Autistic Turn on ipekburcak.com
Nitish Arora is an India based artist. He is committed to take forward the discussion of interdisciplinary art practice. While he is conscious that he occupies a pre-mapped landscape of internet, he is interested in exploring internet to make art. Internet art history of Italy, performance & interdisciplinary art practices in India and everyday internet presence has carved this trajectory for him. He wants to take up on his dream of making an Artlab in India as a space for experimentation with scientific and artistic ideas. In future, he wants the Artlab to become a nourishing platform for society and to become self sufficient in providing support to creative energies.
Nitish completed his Bachelors in Fine art from College of Art, New Delhi in year 2018. Serendipitously, he got to know the fraternity of artists in India through a protest that broke out in his college to demand changes in age-old course, against sexual harassment, and other issues which hampers growth in art education. His work and education has been grown with the help of access to free digital information and exchange of skills and knowledge through collaborations. He believes that trespassing the boundaries of ‘an individual artist’ can help a creative scene to develop which is beneficial for all.
Julian-Anthony Hespenheide is a german designer in the fields of interaction design and creative technology. His early interest in technology and biology led him on a path of experimental design in pursuit of cybernetical phenomenas. Equipped with a profound knowledge in the realms of speculative design and a radical approach he creates compelling complex installations to tell peculiar stories about the digital and opens a discussion space in the analog sphere.
Mariana Basso & Luiz Zanotello
Mariana Basso (1987 Barretos, Brazil) is a designer and media artist living in Berlin. She has graduated in Design at the São Paulo State University, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Digital Media from the University of the Arts Bremen. Her research explores the thresholds between human and non-human technologies in order to inspect the intimate relationships between culture and nature.
Mariana Basso's website
Luiz Zanotello (1986 Jundiaí, Brazil) is an artist, designer and researcher living and working in Berlin. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Digital Media from the University of the Arts Bremen, and he is currently an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Berlin University of the Arts. Through his artistic research on digital materialities, he crafts machineries and territories for techno-imagination.
Luiz Zanotello's website
Charlotte Rohde (1992, DE) is a designer currently based in Amsterdam, working on the interface of typography and art. As part of the Sandberg Design Department, she is researching on how type as a kind of magic can be used to embody and shape discourses within our society. Her work reaches from designing and publishing her own typefaces and translating them into spacial installations and poetry to developing and curating platforms for experimental type design. She’s been teaching design workshops like Saturday Type Fever at HfG Karlsruhe, Captcha Mannheim and ??? Summerschool in Estonia.
High Dimensional Data Narrative
High Dimensional Data Narrative (HDDN) is a physical representation/data sculpture of five different data sets inspired by the Wizard of Oz. In the context of climate change, the characters of the Wizard of Oz are intended as avatars for different climate events. Taking as a compositional logic the concept of hyperobjects coined by Timothy Morton, the piece has multiple data perspectives, performed in the points where data physically clashes on the cartesian planes.
Iulia Radu, Shorouk El-Zeftawy, Nicolò Cervello, Victor Artiga Rodrìguez
Luz Ferrari is a photographer and visual artist based in Buenos Aires. Her photos make home to destruction and decay creating a visceral feeling of stability and growth. Ferrari searches for beauty where there historically is none; in the mundane.
Marc-André Weibezahn is a media artist who used to work mainly with computer visuals, but has recently broadened his interest to encompass sound and bodily interactions. He was socialized early in digital and analog virtual worlds, but later developed a love-hate relationship with technology.
Léna Lewis-King is a Multimedia Filmmaker, based in London. Within her work, she's interested in questioning the existential impact of emerging technologies, the subversive power of the subconscious in the age of surveillance, and reframing history through a feminist lens.
Nishe is a visual artist and painter based in Avignon, France.
Her work explores dualities between abstract organic and strictly planned elements
revolving around a thread linking technology, humanity, virtual & digital symbols to
traditional mediums (painting).
Anna Tokareva (Rostov-na-Donu, 1988) explores entanglements between technoscience and contemporary mythologies through multimedia art, design, and writing. She is currently based in London.
Anna Tokareva on externalpages.org