Artist in residence: Bethan Hughes
07
Aug
2023
19
Sep
2023
Artist selected through the EMAP European Media Art Platform 2023 Call.
Courtesy of National Archives, US Forest Service, photo no. 80-G-32500

Artist in residence: Bethan Hughes

Artist selected through the EMAP European Media Art Platform 2023 Call.

7
Aug
2023
19
Sep
2023
Artist in residence: Bethan Hughes

Courtesy of National Archives, US Forest Service, photo no. 80-G-32500

Whilst in Gijón, the artist will produce and exhibit act 6 of Hevea, an ongoing artistic research project that explores how natural rubber—an organic substance bound up with the rise of capitalism, imperialism, and modernity—embodies the ways in which humans and non-humans are intimately entangled with the military-industrial complex. Unfolding over a series of acts, installations which combine moving-image, sound, sculpture, and text, the project makes tangible the inextricable links that exist between people, plants, politics and power.

 

Taraxacum Kok-saghyz, aka the Russian dandelion, is a rubber-containing plant endemic to Kazakhstan. Hevea Act 6 traces the convoluted journey of this humble ‘weed’ – from the Tien Shan mountains to collective farms across the USSR, greenhouses at Auschwitz to the laboratories of multi-national rubber corporations today – and the stories of the women connected to it.

 

The work will manifest as a single-channel video and spatial sound installation that brings together material captured over a period of months in multiple places: the Berlin Botanical Garden, the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Münster, and various locations in and around Almaty, Kazakhstan. The sound, developed in collaboration with the artist Diego Flórez, will be embedded within a series of sculptures akin to hybrid human-plant bodies. A textural mixture of voice and field recordings, this sound sculpture will act as a polyphonic choir that attempts to embody how both people and plants come to be entangled within, and objectified by, the machinations of politics, war and commerce.

 

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