Overlaid Symbiosis, single channel HD video, 9:16, 3' 57", tablet, plexiglass, headphones, 120 x 28 x 34 cm, 2020(The video... Read More
Overlaid Symbiosis, single channel HD video, 9:16, 3' 57", tablet, plexiglass, headphones, 120 x 28 x 34 cm, 2020
(The video has been made to be displayed on a tablet positioned over a plexiglass pedestal with headphones)
Overlaid Symbiosis reflects on human’s role and behaviour within his ecosystem, like
an entity determined by a dynamic and complex system of relations and interdependences, starting from the concept of “sympoiesis” analyzed by Donna Haraway.
Human beings as compost have to cohabit and to coexist with other earthly creatures
by making kin, which means establish symbiotic bonds which could be useful to regenerate the fracture with nature caused by them. Compost means worlding. Not everyone bring the same weight inside it, there are those
who are more respons-able of others in this unceasing work of composition-decomposition. To live-with on our planet we do not need antagonism but rather attunement; no tunnel
vision but rather multi-focality; no alienation but rather symbiosis. There is no longer
distinction between guest and parasite.
Text of the video:
By deconstructing the vision of the landscape.
We assume that our gaze can measure credibility.
The truth is that our subjective behaviour has to be torn down.
There is no single reality, but rather multiple realities, and what is represented
depends of one’s position in the field of negotiation.
It is about an ongoing process of negotiating reality.
The concept of sympoiesis describes a structure in which the existence of every
single entity is determined by a dynamic and complex system of relations and
Such systems produce collectively without spatial or temporal borders defined
Information and control are distributed between all the components.
The predictability and the homeostasis of autopoiesis with their limited individualism are not enough anymore.
Humans as compost have to cohabit and to coexist with other earthly creatures.
These evolutionary interrelations can generate unexpected changes.
The world is made of risky comaking practices between biotic and abiotic powers.
...how to think-with, live-with, and be-with other planetary organisms in this world?
Making kin is the only chance we have to generate helpful relations.
Collective survival is determined by our capacity to co-exist and co-create with
“the other”. (symbiogenesis)
but rather attunement.
No tunnel vision,
but rather multi-focality.
but rather symbiosis.
We are made of alterities and this permit us to enlarge our vision.
Every single system has to contain complexities and to maintain its boundaries
New connections that are constantly updating shall lead us to a recovery and a
partial reconstruction of the environment.
We are dealing with a new definition of intimacy intended as approaching ourselves to other life forms.
There is no longer distinction between guest and parasite.