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Universal Species Suffrage

 

Environmental Crisis Exhibition - Science and Art, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, 2020

Looking at how democracy as we know it could involve other species by enfranchising animals and plants with the right to vote, this project investigates the values of emancipation within the Climate Crisis context.


The world map reflects on ecosystems rather than national borders, forming eco constituencies, accompanied by political manifestos of five different parties that are ideologically informed by their environmental context rather than anthropocentric.


While monetising the labour of nature and its resources this project poses other questions central to current debates such as property, food production, species rights, human history, etc. This speculative scenario not only reflects on the ecological crisis and lack of conversation about our impact, but highlights the general absence of ideological debate in the UK political system and the merits of certain ideas. 

Universal Species Suffrage

 

Issue No 2 — Crisis,

Blank Publication

Written for Blank magazine’s ‘Crisis’ edition, this article questions how we can respond to the climate, environmental, economic and social injustices of our time by looking at what the structures of our society rest upon.


Looking towards the idea of Universal Species Suffrage, we explore some of the implications of giving species similar rights to our own in Western Europe. By questioning these fundamentals, we hope to broaden out the discussion taking place around elections to question why we vote, and to what end beyond the narrow implications of party policy on our particular household.


This publication was designed by Blank Publication.


Order your copy: blankpublication.at

 

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Shaping Understandings of Value

 

Issue No 8 — Soft Power [...], Schloss — Post, online

Article written for Schlosspost in response to their theme ‘Soft Power’. Concerned by the dislocation inherent in work during the digital revolution and the threat this faces to the power of collective action, this article explores the context of our collective spaces and questions how we can begin creating new ones.


Utilising art as a means of subverting space, we propose a radical platform of artistic interventions in response to a world made steadily faster by the encroachment of digital platforms and the physical privatisation of space.

Within this article we expand on how to create these spaces and to what end they serve, offering a pathway forward for art as a soft power in the contemporary world.


Full article: schloss-post.com/shaping-understandings-of-value

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DoNothing

 

Trajectories Exhibition,

Watermans Art Centre,

London, 2018

Through the deployment of a ‘DO nothing’ signpost, Cerrato and Halls draw on the historical purpose of a signpost as a means of orientation, a meeting place and a mean of communication. In our accelerating world, we don’t have time to reflect.

 

The artists have created a ‘DO nothing’ space that challenges this: that allows people to stop, to orient themselves with their own future and thoughts. While ‘DO nothing’ implies passivity, in fact the idea of actively pursuing doing nothing, requires the individual to act contrary to the contemporary standard.

 

Curator: Eszter Bircsák, Irini Papadimitriou

 

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The Road

 

Common Market,

Distributed Symposium,

London, 2018

This publication explores the standardisation of human-made systems and the conformity built into even the most mundane objects.


The booklet consists of a manifesto for the expanded front cover, declaring our message in a singular text. Meanwhile, a visual narrative explores a singular notion which is deconstructed and reimagined both verbally and literally through a series of images and text.


Curator: Joshua Trees

Surface

 

Common Room Exhibition

Hockney Gallery,

London, 2017

Working as a site-specific installation its purpose was to bring the tension of the current plastic contamination in the ocean into the building. This project was a translation of the amount of plastic in the ocean into the given space which resulted in 1300 plastic bottles.

 

The structure constructed in the space in contrast to weight of the plastic created a tension in the space. This gallery space was located at the entrance of the building.

 

Collaborator: Doonam Lee

REDTAPE

 

Royal College of Art,

London, 2016/17

REDTAPE is a Visual Communication student led-forum that organises events and panel discussions in order to question the role of the creative practitioner as an ‘agent’, examining proponents and bringing an external view to the current topics touched on our course. The main events have focused on culture, ethics and technology.

 

Collaborators: Arjun Harrison-Mann, Benjamin Cain, Benjamin Redgrove, Jordan Gamble, Joshua H. Davidson, & Chourouk Zarkaoui

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