Who do “we” become when entities meet?* Or, what might it take to escape the humanist territory?
KOSMO stages a theatre, or eld of negotiation of polyphon cosmovisions and hybrid experiences that aim to disturb rationalist and humanist textures, with the seeming irrational, magical, ungraspable, and monstrous, as intra-action and dances of complex material, semiotic, spatial, and temporal layers capable of co-shaping all involved. Testing out, stripping down and re-constructing belief systems with ancient and contemporary mysticism, evolves a variety of subject positions. How can we imagine a point of view that is beyond what we conceive as “self” and “other”? Would it be possible to overcome an anthropocentric perspective and imagine new global ecologies that invite all entities, visible and invisible to denounce one’s own epistemological and ontological limitations?
“Bringing into disclosure an ingredient that both belongs to the territory and connects with an outside against which this territory protects itself,”** the works in this exhibition aim to challenge boundaries such as inside/outside, self/other, scientific/supernatural for embodied positions of “us” – as borderliners of sorts. Situated within accelerated processes of commodification of all organisms and genomes, human and non-human, “natural” and “artificial” species, KOSMO wants to stage zones of contact as locus of con ict and becoming with. Hybrid spaces of transformation might encourage poriferous borders in the position and vision of the subject, and with it of governing ideologies and ideas of reality based in humanist heritage and its forms of experience and representation.
* Donna J. Haraway, When Species Meet, 2007
** Isabelle Stengers, Experimenting with Refrains: Subjectivity and the challenge of escaping modern dualism, 2008
Reference: Press release from KOSMO, Kevin Space Vienna, Vienna, 2016
Photos by Georg Petermichl, courtesy the artist and Kevin Space Vienna