Organizers: Nurit Bar-Shai
Plastic Pollution and Ecosystem of Excess
A Talk by Ingeborg Reichle & Pinar Yoldas
When: Saturday, April 19 2014, 8pm
Doors open at 7:30pm
Where: Genspace, The MEx Building
33 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn NY 11217
Genspace Talks on 2nd Floor !
($5 suggested donations at door)
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"If life started today in our plastic debris filled oceans, what kinds of life forms would emerge out of this contemporary primordial ooze?" — PY
Artist-Researcher, Pinar Yoldas joins art historian, writer, curator, Ingeborg Reichle to discuss Life and Art in the plastic sphere.
Environmental activist and discoverer of the “Trash Vortex” Captain Charles Moore boldly claims that “the ocean has turned into a plastic soup.” The ancient ocean, the primordial soup, gave birth to the very first organic molecules and was brimming with prehistoric living organisms. That was four billion years ago. Today the composition of oceans is undergoing a dramatic change where synthetic molecules are taking over. Anthropogenic waste has filled our oceans in less than two decades. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a truly ‘sublime’ kinetic sculpture built by all the nations around the Pacific Ocean through many years of mindless, unsustainable consumption. It is a garbage vortex made up of several million tons of plastic waste in the North Pacific about the size of Central Europe, an inspiration and birthplace for Yoldas’ species of excess.
Joining us, Dr. Reichle, will discuss her research with plastic pollution in the Arts and introduce artists and activists who’s work center around polluted oceans with plastics, non-degradable materials and plastics that are consumed by live organisms and become part of our food chain. Dr. Reichle will discuss Yolda’s artwork “An Ecosystem of Excess”, currently on display at the The Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin, following a presentation by the artist.
"Yoldas creates a post-human ecosystem of speculative organisms and their imagined environment. From primordial soup to plastic soup. Yoldas’s work introduces pelagic insects, marine reptilia, fish and birds endowed with organs to sense and metabolize plastics as a new Linnean order of post-human life forms. Inspired by the groundbreaking findings of new bacteria that burrows into pelagic plastics, her work envisions life forms of greater complexity, which can thrive in man-made extreme environments, and turn the toxic surplus of our capitalistic desire into eggs, vibrations and joy. Starting from excessive anthropocentrism she suggests life without mankind."
Dr. Ingeborg Reichle, is an art historian and cultural theorist writing on, contemporary art, new technologies and new media, with a focus on, biotechnology and artificial life. 2005–2011 she held a research position at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin. She currently teaches at the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Techniques at Humboldt-University Berlin. In 2004 she received her Ph.D. from Humboldt-University Berlin. Her dissertation on „Art in the Age of Technoscience: Gentic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art“ was published in English in 2009 with Springer. She completed her habilitation in 2013 with the thesis „Bilderwissen – Wissensbilder. Zur Gegenwart der Epistemologie der Bilder“ at Humboldt-University Berlin. She has given talks at a number of international institutions, such as the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Department of Biology of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, the Life-Science Lab of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, and the Tembusu College of the National University of Singapore.
Pinar Yoldas is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher. Her work investigates social and cultural systems in regards to biological and ecological systems. Lately she has been designing mutations, tumors and neoplasmic organs to rethink the body and its sexuality transformed by the mostly urban habitats of techno-capitalist consumerism. Pinar received her MFA from University of California Los Angeles. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in the Art, Art History and Visual Studies department at Duke University. Her research interests include bio-art, art-neuroscience interactions and eco-feminism. Prior to her education in the States, she has received a Bachelors of Architecture from Middle East Technical University, a Master of Arts from Istanbul Bilgi University and a Master of Science from Istanbul Technical University. She holds a bronze medal in organic chemistry in national science olympics and had her first solo painting exhibition when she was five.