Substance and Body. Anthropocentrism Toxicosis

Dmitry KAWARGA

2019. 05. 25 – 09. 15.

Location:

ArtMill, South wing

Curator:

Lili Boros

Opening:

25 May 2019 6pm

The Moscow-based artist is an emblematic representative of so-called post-human art. He has regularly taken part at international exhibitions and festivals since 1988. He makes sculptures and reliefs that are as monumental as they are elaborate, using polymers and occasionally 3D printing. He also produces kinetic and interactive installations, complete with film and audio. His work synthesises science, art and technology, and he often involves engineers and programmers in the creative process.

His first exhibition in Hungary focuses on his Anthropocentrism Toxicosis series, which thematizes the vulnerability of humanity, the changes in the physical body and the mind. In Kawarga’s view, humanity will soon disown its biological self, and separate from its physical body. However, in addition to looking at how things human and non-human are related, and using the opposition of organic nature and geometric technology to reveal how the population changes, this special artistic project shows these changes, above all, in the crisis of anthropocentrism, which posits man as the centre and ultimate cause of the world. Objects are presented in Plexiglas cylinders, compacted in prisms, and sometimes on their own: discarded things that have survived their own worlds, flowing over and covering a postapocalyptic wasteland. The site-specific installation offers a view into the world of a post-human vision.

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