X Properties - de/financialization of the city
X Properties - de/financialization of the city
X Properties - Zur De/Finanzialisierung der Stadt
knowbotiq's walk: 9th and 29th October, 14h, Oranienstraße 25, Berlin
Enaj63 addresses the urban layers from the future. The omnipresent digitisation actualizes as a dividual manipulation and division that fragments the human body within the financialized urban infrastructure. Enaj63 notes that this virtualisation of the body and its functions, similar as in Z's Metaverse, is incompletely taking place. Many of the metabolic, excretory and psychic processes are not yet fully captured by the grids of valorisation. Their search algorithms, sensors and drone reconnaissance continue to operate within the physical environment of the city, becoming additional actors in its compartimentalised infrastructure, leaving behind indeterminate body-techno-amalgams . Those hybrid corporealities are discreetly nudged to shift their social contacts into the platforms, handing the financialised city completely over to investors and speculators.
Das Veranstaltungsprojekt X Properties verhandelt die Wirkmacht des Finanzkapitals auf die soziale und kulturelle Produktion von Stadt, auf ihre Beziehungsweisen und Subjekte.
Künstlerisch-performative Aktionen im Stadtraum, moderierte Stadtspaziergänge, Vorträge, Gespräche, Workshop, Radio-Feature mit: Wouter Bernhardt, coop disco, Kathrin Gerlof, Jenny Goldberg, Susanne Heeg, Lorena Jonas, Alexis Hyman Wolff, Sandy Kaltenborn, knowbotiq (mit Pablo Torres), Achim Lengerer, Yves Mettler, Louis Moreno, Ines Schaber, Kathrin Wildner
nGbK-Projektgruppe: Joerg Franzbecker, Jana Gebauer, Naomi Hennig, Ines Schaber, Florian Wüst
Veranstaltungsprogramm: 11. September – 15. Dezember 2022
documenta fifteen, Entre Moléculas
Composting Slow Violence - when disruptive contaminating factors in the molecular composting process such as chemicals, plastic composites, mineral salts, moulds, etc. take over the organic processes supposed to form humus - the decomposition and transformation processes slip out of balance.
Is Compost an utopia of progress by the Uncontaminated? We collect the stories of misguided decay, of spilling over of heat, of absent ghosts in the water, of pollutants waiting for repair. We intervene locally and remotely with carrier bags of sand and glass in the composting process that forms the translocal stories of neocolonial extractivism, dark ecologies and molecular slow violence. Different contributions on the fiction of Mercurybodies, sand, alchemistic corals and murky glass beads - forming techno-political conglomerates through language, sound, touch, heat, patience, silence and slow transformation.
June 18th - September 25th 2022
documenta Hafenstrasse 76
For documenta fifteen (2022), Jakarta-based collective and lead artistic directors ruangrupa initiated an international collaborative network for alternative knowledge production and sharing named the “Composting Knowledge” network (Färgfabriken, GAP Tokyo, ICA Sofia, JJ and Donkey Mill Art Center, knowbotiq, Myvillages, YCAR Toronto). ruangrupa’s “Composting Knowledge” stands for an ongoing experiment to imagine alternative terrains for knowledge production and sharing, in collaboration with ruruHaus in Kassel and a wide range of institutions, initiatives, practices, collectives and individuals.
Entre Moléculas: Bambazú / Carmenza Rojas Potes, Elizabeth Gallón Droste, Claudia Howald, knowbotiq, Ana Garzón Sabogal and Pablo Torres.
Entre Moléculas is a patchwork of artists, anthropologists, curators from Bogotá, Berlin, Lisboa, Quibdó, Zurich who joined for collaborations on illegal mining, extractivism, slow violence and dark ecologies. We have built assemblages with mining materials, its affects and sounds: gold, water, plastic, mercury, sand and machine learning algorithms. We keep going, meeting, sharing, resonating out of our divergent situatedness. Non-representation leads our ongoing research weaving links from trust, from remoteness and proximity. Possibilities of imaginative futures are weaving bridges and crisscross irrational extractivist practices. Communities are not for sale - opposing and confronting such agency has also been the way to create a safe space for encounter and listening.
a critical cartography on remote sensing
knowbotiq with Pablo Torres and Sally Schonfeldt. What would it mean to look at satellite images of a section of the Atrato River with the sensibilities and afflictions of the manifolded mercurybodies to reveal what they cannot depict? Would it be possible to undertake a kind of contamination of the cartography through aesthetic ornamentation, a reverse forensic, as it were? Is it possible to deal with such artistic strategies with such planetary non-computabilities? What does it mean to offer the technologically unconscious a space within an work such as this one?
knowbotiq reflect in this new work on remote sensing technologies, such as high-resolution satellite images and contamination detectors, which allow "discrete" interventions, for example at the mercury contaminated Rio Atrato, without physically going to the site in question. But what can such images, which usually form the basis for economic and political decisions, actually show us?
nGbK, the driving factors
The planned end of coal mining brings with it not only socio-structural change but also the reshaping of the landscapes that have been formed by open cut mining. This tour to Lausitz / Lusatia traces ongoing devastation caused when entire villages are engulfed by mines, confronts state-led attempts at re-naturalisation and reflects embodied experiences with extraction and its consequences.
Entre Moléculas: knowbotiq/Elizabeth Gallón Droste/Pablo Torres
listening session on the molecular processes of the renatured coal mining landscape of Lake Grosssräschen. Buoys, underwater speakers, hydrophones, sound and performative texts address the dead water, the aesthetic rhetoric of rescue and the volatile mercury bodies of the coal industry.
GOLD—Mining the Unconscious 11.2.2022 till 10.4.2022 Barbara Diethelm, Heinrich Eichmann, knowbotiq Helmhaus Zürich Soft vernissage: Friday 11th February, 11h to 18h dialog between knowbotiq and curator Daniel Morgenthaler: 17h
Around 50% of the gold mined worldwide is processed in discrete refineries in Switzerland. The work complex "The Psychotropic Refinary", manifests itself in this new exhibition as an immersive video projection and a psychoactive spatial setting with aetheric essences and mud, residue from a Swiss Gold refinery. knowbotiq fabulate about the incorporation of gold into all of our raw metabolism. The video Swiss Psychotropic Gold uses digital found footage in a critical fabulation to bring together the worlds in which precariously mined gold is secretly transformed into derivative stock market products, components of high-tech technologies, or libidinous wellness products. The work delves into gold and mercury amalgams—mercury is used to wash gold out of the earth—and emerges into a fictional psychotropic refinery for healing the collective subconscious of gold.
KATERYNA BOTANOVA, QUINN LATIMER (EDS.) Sternberg Press September 2021, English 21×26 cm, 352 pages, 136 color and 10 b/w ill., softcover ISBN 978-3-95679-611-1
A space of resonance and remote encounters in relation to affections for the with Mercury polluted Rio Atrato in Afro-Colombia... Poems, texts, fragments of interviews, conversations, compositions, music and memories are being intertwined by fiction and afro-utopian perspectives, which invite to immerse into these sonic evocations.
Elizabeth Gallón Droste, Ana Garzón Sabogal, Claudia Howald, Fundación Mareia, invited by knowbotiq in the framework of the Atrato Studies, Afro-Colombia commissioned by Más Arte Más Acción.
With the voices of
Ana Garzón Sabogal, Elizabeth Gallón Droste, Claudia Howald Fundación Mareia: Carmenza Rojas Potes—Bambazú & Gyzelle García—Afro-American-Latina Artist Leonidas Valencia, Juana Paola Palacios, Tarsila Beita, Marco Palacios Mosquera Nepono Werara Dance Group: Ebema Caizamo Domico, Aliana Caizamo Chami, Ana Mariela Dumaza, Dionisia Caizamo Forastero, Usy Caizamo Domico
Recording and field production
Fundación Mareia: Paula Orozco Gutierrez Music production: Yei Moreno Assembled by: Pablo Torres
Exhibition, Land Sensing
The project Thulhu thu thu, before the sun harms you explores and delves into past, present and future material narratives of the peat bogs in the Scottish Highlands. It develops performative and sonic acts of 'Collective Sensing' - groups connected by a multiform object made of woven plant fibres (thulhu) to capture the vibrations and asymmetrical violence inscribed in the landscape. The project was developed in collaboration with Lamin Fofana, Ayesha Hameed and Elvin Brandhi, Fundación Mareia, Margarida Mendes, Pedro Neves Marquez and Raw Forest, Odete, Romy Rüegger.