Dissident Matter, 2021

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Installation with sound, smell, soil, composting worms in a felt bag, video, gloves sewn from kombucha SCOBYs on bottles, sculptures from worm castings, dead worms, cotton gloves, DIY stink bombs, magnifying glass, kombucha, candles, matchsticks, unbleached paper, pencils.
Module Gallery, Kersnikova Institute, Ljubljana, Slowenia.  Photos: Hana Josic

What is the potential for resistance within the instability and unmanageability of matter? Materials and beings that are disorderly, sticky, smelly, and easily contaminated, do they have a collective agency? What can we learn by attuning to things below the surface particularly in spaces of transition, between physical states, through processes of fermentation and decay? The exhibition features an installation with audio, smell, and a participatory worm composting ritual.

Audio text assembled from the works of Sara Ahmed, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Karen Barad, William Miller, Achille Mbembe, Decompose Institute, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Lisa Blackman, and George Orwell along with my own words.

Thanks to Christoph Hey.  This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.