February 17, 2015

World of Matter:Exposing Resource Ecologies

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University
Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, A World of Matter, 2014. Wall map, collection of archival documents, texts, photographs, video. Courtesy of the artists.

Mabe Bethônico, Ursula Biemann + Paulo Tavares, Frauke Huber + Uwe H. Martin, Peter Mörtenböck + Helge Mooshammer, Judy Price, Lonnie van Brummelen + Siebren de Haan

Organized by Krista Lynes and Michèle Thériault

Exposing Resource Ecologies brings together seven works produced by World of Matter, an international art and media project investigating primary materials and the complex ecologies in which they are embedded. Initiated by an interdisciplinary group of visual practitioners and theorists, World of Matter responds to the urgent need for new forms of representation that shift resource-related debates from a market driven domain to open platforms for engaged public discourse.

Ten collaborators have developed visual projects that are the result of long-term investigative fieldwork of the interconnected extractive ecologies at play in particular sites around the world, as well as their multifaceted impact on human and non-human lives and systems. Videos, interviews, testimonies and narratives, documents, maps and texts are configured as installations in the gallery space and form a complex interaction of critical documentary analysis and speculations addressing our relationship to (and definitions of) nature.

With the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Canada Council for the Arts, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, and Pro Helvetia.

This exhibition is part of the Montreal Digital Spring 2015.

February 20–21, 2015
“World of Matter: Extractive Ecologies and Unceded Terrains”

Concordia University, EV 7.735
1515 St-Catherine St. W.

Organized by Krista Lynes (Concordia University) and Darin Barney (McGill University)

Mabe Bethônico, Amanda Boetzkes, Nicholas Brown, Heather Davis, Alain Deneault, Adam Dickinson, Helge Mooshammer, Scott Morgensen, Peter Mortenböck, Shirley Roburn, Rafico Ruiz, Emily Scott, Nicole Starosielski, Zoe Todd, Gisèle Trudel, Lonnie van Brummelen, Peter von Tiesenhauen

This symposium asks how the fields of contemporary art and media studies, indigenous studies and resistance movements, critical environmental studies, new ethnography and science and technology studies might bring into focus the globalizing dynamics of extractive ecologies. It seeks to build substantive discursive grounds for resisting incursions into sovereign land, denials of the rights of nature, and the persistent dispossession of indigenous and First Nation peoples.

For more information on the exhibition and related events, visit our website.

For more information on the symposium programme click here.


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