Estado Vegetal (Vegetative State) by Chilean theatre artist Manuela Infante explores how plant intelligence could change human perspectives. Drawing on plant neurobiology and plant philosophy, it proposes that the recognition of a valid “other” in plants is also the beginning of recognizing that vegetal other within us.
I believe that a reflection on the relationship between Italian creativity and feminism should start from the Aristotelian consideration that the only animal that has language is a political animal.
She might be the best-kept secret of the Netherlands. Having barely ever shown in the country that has been her home for about two decades, Ellen Gallagher is now presenting Liquid Intelligence, her first solo exhibition in the Low Countries, at WIELS, Brussels—about two hours south of Gallagher’s home in the Dutch harbor city Rotterdam. The show includes an overview of her more recent works and insights into her broader interests and practice, as well as her collaborations with Dutch artist Edgar Cleijne.
Shuang Li grew up with a host of “underground” media, from knockoff Nintendo to dakou CDs.1 She was practically raised by the Myspace and YouTube culture of the pre-Great Firewall Chinese internet in the early 2000s, learning English through My Chemical Romance songs, geography through Uncharted Waters,2 and gender from Star Dream.3 This digital life led her to pursue an MA in media studies in New York, where she developed a unique perspective on these technologies through the lens of shifting transnational processes, observing how intersecting vectors of identity—from gender to race to citizenship—are mobilized and managed in the service of a new world economy.
It must have looked so preliminary, so unfinished, so much like a product display at first. What happened to color at the advent of Modernism, when artist colors were replaced by paint from the can?