Exhibition: ‘Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories’ in Zurich

Text by CLOT Magazine

Divine Memory, Monira Al Qadiri (2019). Vide still

Founded in 1998, The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, Switzerland, supports the production, exhibition and collection of international contemporary art through temporary solo and group exhibitions and works from its own collection. 

From March 6 through May 31, 2020, Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories is on view, the first in a series of two exhibitions that will explore the relationship between humans and nature. Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories draws attention to the ways in which the environment has been appropriated in the pursuit of power and resources, shedding light on the repercussions for both nature and social fabrics, the curators Heike Munder and Suad Garayeva-Maleki say. 

The artists participating are Monira Al Qadiri, Maria Thereza Alves, Alberto Baraya, Ursula Biemann, Carolina Caycedo, Cooking Sections, Mark Dion, Mishka Henner, Reena Saini Kallat, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Almagul Menlibayeva, Katja Novitskova, Tabita Rezaire, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Himali Singh Soin, and Jakob Kudsk Steensen

Jakob Kudsk Steensen, whose approach to art is interdisciplinary, works at the intersection between psychology, art, science and technology. His practice leads him to collaborate with other creatives, researchers, and different organisations. It sets him off on expeditions to find various organic matter that can be transformed into a digital format. At Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories he is presenting his project RE-ANIMATED, a virtual reality and video installation that merges exhibition spaces with a digital landscape. The work explores how to overcome loss and embrace the emergence of new worlds emerging from things, which disappear and decay. RE-ANIMATED is based on the last Kaua’i ʻōʻō bird, which died in 1987, marking the extinction of its species, Jakob Kudsk Steensen told CLOT Magazine during an interview we did with him last year. 

Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories is on view until May 31, 2020. 

(Media courtesy of the artist)
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