20 April–20 May 2022
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana
WED, 20 April, 12 PM–9 PM
Our ecosystem is in danger and it’s mostly our fault. Reversing the process, however, is not an easy task. To intervene in one or more, of the many misbehaviours that are destroying biodiversity, causing global warming and spreading pandemics is not enough. Change must work at a systemic level, but to reach this stage we must first change the imaginaries that shape our vision of the future. Until we are embedded in a socio-political system that finds its only means of survival in constant growth and the basis for its existence in the extraction and consumption of energy, radical change is not possible. In order to redefine our agency over the Planet Earth, we need to challenge the dominant narratives of growth and progress and create radically new imaginaries.
Artists and storytellers are thus entrusted with an unprecedented social role. Taking off from this awareness, Post Growth is a research project launched in 2020 by the artist collective DISNOVATION.ORG in collaboration with Julien Maudet, Clémence Seurat, Pauline Briand, focusing on speculative research that offers perspectives on moving away from the over-exploitation of fossil fuels, on which the reproduction of our societies today mainly depends. Post Growth re-examines the social metabolism by understanding the energy it requires and seeks to reconsider the critical dimension of the life and material activities of the biosphere, drawing on ecofeminism, indigenous knowledge, environmental accounting and historical materialism.The outputs of Post Growth are not just works of art, but tools, artistic prototypes with radical implications: for example, POST GROWTH TOOLKIT (THE GAME), is a tactical card game that invites players to literally reshuffle their worldviews, exchanging stories, concepts and objects in order to rethink their relationship to growth, innovation, ownership, globalisation, etc.; ENERGY SLAVE TOKEN is a series of sculptures that materialise Buckminster Fuller’s concept of the energy slave, a scale that allows comparing the energy consumption of a machine with the physical working capacity of an adult human being; SOLAR SHARE (THE FARM) is an installation that questions the common notion that natural resources are unlimited and therefore worthless, by growing one square meter of wheat in an enclosed environment where what is normally provided by ecosystems on arable land (sun, water, wind, etc.) must be bought and artificially provided. The theoretical and research background of these physical works is delivered through a series of video essays / tutorials / advertisements, the so-called Post Growth Prototypes.
20 April 2022 at 7 PM
Registration required! Apply at firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Growth Toolkit (The Game)
20 April 2022, 2 PM–5 PM
Founded in 2012 by Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska, DISNOVATION.ORG is both an art collective and an international workgroup engaged in the crossovers between contemporary arts, research and hacking. Artist and philosopher Baruch Gottlieb joined the collective in 2018. Together, they develop situations of interference, discussion and speculation that question dominant techno-positivist ideologies in order to foster post-growth narratives. Their research is expressed through installations, performances, websites and events. They recently co-edited A Bestiary of the Anthropocene, an atlas of anthropic hybrid creatures, and The Pirate Book, an anthology about media piracy.
Their work has been presented at numerous art centers and festivals internationally such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Transmediale (Berlin), the Museum of Art and Design (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), FILE (Sao Paulo), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Strelka Institute (Moscow), ISEA (Hong Kong), Elektra (Montréal), China Museum of Digital Arts (Beijing), and the Chaos Computer Congress (Hamburg)… Their work has been featured in Forbes, Vice, Wired, Motherboard, Libération, Die Zeit, Arte TV, Next Nature, Hyperallergic, Le Temps, Neural.it, Digicult, Gizmodo, Seattle Weekly, torrentfreak.com, and Filmmaker Magazine among others.
Production of the exhibition:
Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2022
Part of the series:
Tactics & Practice
the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana