[-empyre-] October: This Mess We're In Week 4.5

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Tue Nov 6 02:50:08 AEDT 2018

We want to extend our warmest gratitude to -empyre- Editorial Board member, Tarsh Bates, for moderating the October discussion "This Mess We're In."  It's almost hard to believe that the "mess" seems to have gotten worse throughout the month with the elections in Brazil and the election cycle and racial demonizations in the US.

Somewhat along these lines, I will host and will soon introduced the November discussion on "Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival."  

On behalf of Renate Ferro and the -empyre- Editorial Board, thanks go out to Tarsh and her guests for the month.

All my best,


Timothy Murray
Director, Cornell Council for the Arts and Curator, CCA Biennial
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art 
http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu <http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/>
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
B-1 West Sibley Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

On 10/29/18, 12:53 AM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on behalf of Tarsh Bates" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on behalf of tarshbates at gmail.com> wrote:

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    Thanks Kathy and WhiteFeather for your contributions. Your comments 
    about control, violence and management have provoked a lot of thoughts, 
    which I will discuss further. Last week was a trouble shooting week for 
    the show and recovery from the conference. Control, violence and 
    management indeed!
    This is a bit late, but I want to introduce the last mess of guests for 
    *Helen Pynor* is an artist whose practice explores philosophically and 
    experientially ambiguous zones such as the life-death boundary. Her work 
    is informed by in-depth residencies in scientific institutions, most 
    recently The Francis Crick Institute, London; The Max Planck Institute 
    of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden; and The Heart and Lung 
    Transplant Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Pynor frequently 
    collaborates with members of the broader community whose embodied 
    experiences connect with the themes of her work. Pynor has exhibited 
    widely nationally and internationally including at The National Taiwan 
    Museum of Fine Arts; The National Centre for Contemporary Art, Russia; 
    Science Gallery Dublin; Science Gallery London; FACT, Liverpool UK; 
    Wellcome Collection, London; and The Australian Centre for Photography. 
    She has received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, and 
    national awards in Australia. Pynor holds a Bachelor of Science (1st 
    Class Hons), a Bachelor of Visual Arts, and a PhD. Pynor lives and works 
    in Sydney and London.
    *Marietta Radomska* is a feminist philosopher and transdisciplinary 
    Gender Studies scholar. She works as a Postdoc at the Department of 
    Thematic Studies – unit: Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, 
    within the research area of Gender, Nature, Culture and The 
    Posthumanities Hub. Since 1 July 2018 Radomska has also been a Visiting 
    Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Cultures, University of 
    Helsinki, Finland. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies (Linköping 
    University, SE), Research MA in Gender and Ethnicity (Utrecht 
    University, NL) and MA in Philosophy specialised in Social Communication 
    (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan,PL). Currently, Radomska works on 
    the research project “Ecologies of Death: Environment, Body and Ethics 
    in Contemporary Art”, funded by The Swedish Research Council 
    (Vetenskapsrådet) International Postdoc Grant. She is the founder of The 
    Eco- and Bioart Research Network, co-director of The Posthumanities Hub, 
    a founding member of Queer Death Studies Network, co-founder of The 
    International Network for Ecocritical and Decolonial Research, and 
    co-coordinator of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced 
    Transdisciplinary Gender Studies research strand “Death Studies: 
    Queerfeminist Materialist Perspectives” (together with Nina Lykke and 
    Tara Mehrabi). Radomska is the author of the monograph Uncontainable 
    Life: A Biophilosophy of Bioart (2016).
    *Mary Maggic* is a non-binary artist working at the intersection of 
    biotechnology, cultural discourse, and civil disobedience. Their work 
    spans documentary video, scientific methodology, public workshopology, 
    performance, and large scale installation. Maggic's most recent projects 
    Open Source Estrogen and Estrofem! Lab generate DIY protocols for the 
    extraction and detection of estrogen hormone from bodies and 
    environments, demonstrating its micro-performativity and potential for 
    mutagenesis, i.e. gender-hacking. They hold a BSA in Biological Science 
    and Art from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in Media Arts and 
    Sciences from MIT Media Lab and have had the privilege to exhibit and/or 
    perform at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), OK Center (Linz), Haus 
    der elektronischen Kunst (Basel), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Institute of 
    Contemporary Arts (London), and Spring Workshop (Hong Kong). 
    *Mike Bianco* is an artist, curator, researcher, activist, cook, and 
    beekeeper. Bianco’s art practice is invested in socially engaged art, 
    and focuses on issues of politics, environment, sustainability, 
    community activism, energy decline, and the impending “century of 
    crisis.” Bianco’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues, ranging 
    from the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, in Western Australia, to 
    the Kenpoku Art Festival in Ibaraki, Japan.
    *Sarah Hermanutz* is a Canadian artist working at the intersections of 
    performance, technology, and ecology. Her sculptures, installations, and 
    live performance experiments are preoccupied with wetlands, amphibious 
    creatures, and the mysteries of social cognition. Together with dancers, 
    audiences, musicians, and other human/non-human ‘props’, she explores 
    confusion, affection, vulnerability, survival, horror, terror, desire, 
    and the aesthetic seductions of myth-making.  She is a founding member 
    of Lacuna Lab, and is based in Berlin and Weimar, Germany. Her 
    performances and projects have been presented in Canada, the USA, 
    Australia, and across Europe.
    Take it away...
    Co-Convenor Quite Frankly: Its a Monster Conference 18-19 October 2018
    Curator This Mess We're In 13 October - 2 November 2018 Unhallowed Arts 
    Festival 2018
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    Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. I acknowledge their ancestors and 
    pay my respects to their elders; past, present and future.
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