Gioia Di Girolamo, Andreas Ervik, Adham Faramawy, Maria Gondek, Julie Grosche, Hannah Regel, David Stjernholm, Struan Teague.
Curated by Like A Little Disaster
Opening: Saturday 11 Mar, 7pm
Exhibition: 11 Mar – 18 Apr 2017
Contemporary thought is dominated by an unresolved contradiction: the one that opposes the concept of nature to that of culture, and therefore universalism to relativism. In fact, as Barthes observed, "to say that culture is opposed to nature is ambiguous, because we don't know where their boundaries are". A confusion caused by the inability to recognize the peculiar features of these two "paradoxical objects", without contours, antithetical terms and residuals.
Yet the human being establishes a relationship with everything that is foreign to him: the mutual hybridization ratios between man, technology and the reference environment has often been ignored by an anthropocentric view that bases everything on the superiority of the thinking being as the only entity that reflects on itself and is aware of being in the world. However, there are different levels of self-awareness and of being, some of which do not belong exclusively to humankind. Creativity, care, communication skills, sense of belonging, orientation, love, territorial defense, nomadism, habits, sense of the community and hierarchy may be found in other mammals (and maybe plants too are endowed with some of the these attributes). The mnemonic properties of minerals such as water are well known, as are the complex, neurological, social and cultural values of the birdsong, or the seduction and imitation games at play among flowers and animals. By following this perspective, the traditional categories separating humans from all the rest make boundaries weaker: the relationship between human and non-human becomes fluid, walking through a circular system of reciprocity. Culture is presented as a zoological opportunity, which man has seized and exercised, but it pre-exists the man himself. In this respect, culture cannot be considered as an antithetical term compared to nature, but as an internal dimension independent from man, which therefore inexorably takes him back as part of nature, beyond any self-proclamation of anthropological exclusivity.
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