MOMENTA Biennale de l'image 17th edition, Sensing Nature
Curated by  Stefanie Hessler, in collaboration with Camille Georgeson-Usher, Himali Singh Soin and Maude Johnson
8 September to 24 October, 2021

A WET CHEMICAL TRACE

Corporeal Downloads 

slip + slide + sweat + tremor + quiver

Steel, silicone, custom scent Our Day Will Come, glass, humidifier, water vapor, laboratory clamps, the scent of the endangered Agalinis acuta, magnets, electric current

The scent of the almost-extinct Agalinis acuta has been captured as chemical data, analyzed in a lab, and synthetically reproduced by the artist in collaboration with a global flavors company (IFF). This scent, pushed by humidifier and traveling through silicone tubing, now enables the growth of Schizachyrium scoparium grass, that in the wild, the flower attaches its roots too, in order to seep nutrients. Corporeal Downloads inverts this parasitic relationship and continues the existence of this being, downloaded from data and spread, now wet, through the gallery space...a being previously wedded to it's vegetal state, dependent on the wind to propagate, now rendered as scent, as floating compound - now moves through walls and through bodies...

The steel was all bent cold... a physical exercise, an imprint of my body on the steel... and the steel leaving imprints on my body and me..then other bodies come into the picture, the assemblage enacting precisely because of the tension of each element vying with and against each other...


Corporeal Download (Slide)

Steel, glass, clay, silicone, magnets, laboratory clamps, Schizachyrium scoparium, grow light, humidifier, water vapor, custom scent Our Day Will Come

Corporeal Download (thrum)

Steel, glass, clay, silicone, magnets, electric cord, laboratory clamps, Schizachyrium scoparium, blacklight, humidifier, water vapor, custom scent Our Day Will Come

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