postnatural ecosystems

2019-ongoing

 

Postnatural Ecosystems is an environmentally-engaged sculptural project inspired by a series of oceanic restoration techniques, that are currently being implemented at the most biodiverse and globally affected ecosystems by the effects of global warming: the coral reef.

The research departs from my previous project 120 m.y. and the highly techno-scientific cultivation methodologies that are being carried-out by coastal communities in an effort to accelerate the natural adaptation process of corals to warming and acidifying oceans. Within this context, the sculptural installations of the project explore the emergent symbiotic relationships that are taking place at these manufactured reefs, in which the simple dualist notions of the “artificial” and the “natural”; the human and the non-human; the biologic, geologic and technologic are blurred-out and problematized.

In an effort to push the boundaries of art-making beyond the limitations of referential discourse and in order to foster active positive impact on the environmental problems it references, the artworks are designed so that each time they are exhibited the hosting venue has to adopt a coral reef with part of the exhibition funds.

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This work has been fabricated with the generous support of a grant from DKV Collection in collaboration with Matadero Madrid and the Instituto Mutante de Narrativas Ambientales.

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