Human industrial activity (petrochemical, agricultural, and pharmaceutical) has permanently altered the planet through the widespread presence of xenoestrogens, or endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs). Molecules such as BPA, phthalates, PCBs, dioxins, and synthetic hormones have hormone-mimicking and displacing properties, and are able to enter and communicate in the molecular semiosphere that we share with almost all animal taxa. While these molecules alienate us from our prescribed notions of “normal” and “natural,” our bodies stolen by capitalists interests, this alienation joins us in a shared species vulnerability as we all live-with and become-with these all pervasive toxicities. Is there life among alien ruins?
It will be a live workshop hosted in the artist's location in Vienna, and that it will be livestreamed. The workshop will start with a presentation about the research followed by the hands on fungi protocol. The workshop was conceived through a collaborative residency program at Hangar in Barcelona in 2017 with artists Rian Hammond and Paula Pin.
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