BREATHING PLANT / INTELLIGENT PLANT

Mar 06 2024 Wednesday
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
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Age Group Adults
100 SAR
Add to Calendar 03/06/2024 05:00 PM 03/06/2024 08:00 PM Asia/Riyadh BREATHING PLANT / INTELLIGENT PLANT

Reflecting on the interaction between humans and other species, the Breathing Plant / Intelligent Plant workshop is centered around the observation of photosynthesis, a biochemical process critical for the existence of the vast majority of life on our planet. Guided by artist Irene Agrivina, we will be making DIY electric circuits to perform experiments with photosynthesis, including examining oxygen production and tracking carbon dioxide (CO2) uptake, allowing for a deeper understanding and appreciation of this crucial phenomenon. 

By getting a closer look at the ability of plants to convert light energy into chemical energy, helping most organisms on Earth to 'breathe', this workshop aims to highlight the symbiotic relationship between humans and more-than-human living systems. Are plants aware of their 'self' and overall contribution to our co-survival on this shared planet?

The workshop is conducted by artist, educator, and co-founder of the House of Natural Fiber (HONF) Irene Agrivina.

AS PART OF OTHER MINDS

OTHER MINDS is a cross-disciplinary program centered around the ways of thinking and seeing in more-than-human ways. It has been created in response to the curatorial vision of Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024, After Rain, which embodies revitalization and renewal. It situates itself within a wider narrative of the co-existence of humans and non-humans.

Neuroscience has proved that the human brain cannot grasp the world as it is. If the objective world exists, how can we even come close to discovering it? 

The scientific and culturological tools developed to date allow for an experience of the “other”, or alternative ways of perceiving the world. With OTHER MINDS, we have assembled an array of scientists, thinkers, and artists to elaborate on plant-animal-microorganism-human relations through the new findings in neurosciences, biology, and anthropology, as well as through the metaphorical findings of the artworks presented at the Biennale. 

We will look closer at how non-human beings interact with reality, communicate, and create fascinating entanglements through their relationship with others, including humans. By receiving theoretical and practical insights from the program’s contributors, we might probably be able to see the world around us a bit closer to what it is — a world where all life is thoughtful life. 

The program was created in collaboration with Anna Kirikova and Daria Ozerskaya.

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Reflecting on the interaction between humans and other species, the Breathing Plant / Intelligent Plant workshop is centered around the observation of photosynthesis, a biochemical process critical for the existence of the vast majority of life on our planet. Guided by artist Irene Agrivina, we will be making DIY electric circuits to perform experiments with photosynthesis, including examining oxygen production and tracking carbon dioxide (CO2) uptake, allowing for a deeper understanding and appreciation of this crucial phenomenon. 

By getting a closer look at the ability of plants to convert light energy into chemical energy, helping most organisms on Earth to 'breathe', this workshop aims to highlight the symbiotic relationship between humans and more-than-human living systems. Are plants aware of their 'self' and overall contribution to our co-survival on this shared planet?

The workshop is conducted by artist, educator, and co-founder of the House of Natural Fiber (HONF) Irene Agrivina.

AS PART OF OTHER MINDS

OTHER MINDS is a cross-disciplinary program centered around the ways of thinking and seeing in more-than-human ways. It has been created in response to the curatorial vision of Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024, After Rain, which embodies revitalization and renewal. It situates itself within a wider narrative of the co-existence of humans and non-humans.

Neuroscience has proved that the human brain cannot grasp the world as it is. If the objective world exists, how can we even come close to discovering it? 

The scientific and culturological tools developed to date allow for an experience of the “other”, or alternative ways of perceiving the world. With OTHER MINDS, we have assembled an array of scientists, thinkers, and artists to elaborate on plant-animal-microorganism-human relations through the new findings in neurosciences, biology, and anthropology, as well as through the metaphorical findings of the artworks presented at the Biennale. 

We will look closer at how non-human beings interact with reality, communicate, and create fascinating entanglements through their relationship with others, including humans. By receiving theoretical and practical insights from the program’s contributors, we might probably be able to see the world around us a bit closer to what it is — a world where all life is thoughtful life. 

The program was created in collaboration with Anna Kirikova and Daria Ozerskaya.

Presented By

Irene Agrivina

Irene Agrivina is a technologist, artist, and educator, and open systems advocate based in Indonesia. Irene stands as one of the founding members and current directors of the House of Natural Fibre (HONF), an arts, science, and technology laboratory based in Yogyakarta. Established in 1998, HONF emerged amidst the social and political unrest against the nepotism and corruption prevalent during the Suharto authoritarian dictatorship in Indonesia. In 2013, Agrivina co-established XXLab, an all-female collective dedicated to arts, science, and open technology, representing the second generation of HONF's spin-off communities. Notably, in 2015, one of XXLab's initiatives, SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE, received the [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant from Ars Electronica. In 2019, Asialink—a think-tank at the University of Melbourne—selected Irene as one of six pioneering women from Southeast Asia and Australia. 

 

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Image COPYRIGHT: Plant cells under microscope © Videologia / iStock

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