Across cultures and landscapes, the swamp spells crisis. It is bad nature that undoes the elementary order by mixing up soil, air, and water into a bottomless formlessness resistant to being mapped and depicted. Home only to vermin, nothing can be built or cultivated in its chaotic fecundity, which even threatens to make a mess of time itself by preserving the bodies and materials that come to rest there.
Embracing—nd reversing—uch negative mythologies of the natural world, Partially Swamped Institution sees hope and futurity in the swamp. The exhibition restages major works from the last decade by Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, including River Runs (2012), Mushroom Power Plant (2017), and The Psychotropic House: Zooetics Pavilion of Ballardian Technologies (2015-
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Characteristic of how the artists play with social forms and processes, Partially Swamped Institution is an exhibition that leaks agency and permits contingency. Straddling human and not-
The exhibition’ title evokes American artist Robert Smithson’ Partially Buried Woodshed, a classic of land art that became an impromptu memorial for the students who were shot dead at its location by National Guard soldiers during anti-
Such intense points of confrontation suggest cultural and democratic institutions that are exposed and vulnerable, but also how ecosystems are—r ought to be considered as—olitical subjects. The swamp is a dynamic multiplicity of beings and materials, elements, and terrains that defies the division of the world into constructs of “ature”and “ulture” offering an unexpected chance for new sense-
Curator: Lars Bang Larsen.
Exhibition design: Jurga Daubaraitė and Jonas Žukauskas.
Since 2009, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas have had full-
They have organized symposia such as Artistic Intelligence? Making it together in the Multispecies World at the University of Bologna (2023), Zooetics+ at MIT (2018), The Future Fictions Summit at Asbrú, Reykjavík (2016). Their publications include Swamps and the New Imagination (Sternberg Press / MIT Press, forthcoming in 2023), Public Space? Lost & Found ( SA+P Press / MIT Press, 2017), and Devices for Action (MACBA, 2008). Their work is collected by the MO Museum of Modern Art, Vilnius; MACBA, Barcelona; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, among other institutions.
Exhibition 27 July -
Urbonas Studio, Swamp Observatory Gotland AR App, 2022. Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas in collaboration with Atheneskolan Gotland (drawings and sounds), Indre Umbrasaite (architecture), Kristupas Sabolius (script), Mouse on Mars (sound compositions), Terry T Kang and Thomas Harriett (programming). Commissioned by Public Art Agency Sweden and Baltic Art Center. 2022. Photo: Urbonas Studio.
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