Seeds: Boundary Objects of the Anthropocene

Alexandra Toland, Weimar

In this performance / lecture, the new Junior Professor for arts and research, Prof. Dr. (Jun. Prof.) Alexandra Toland (Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar), will explore seeds as an example of boundary objects of the Anthropocene. Boundary objects, according to Science Technology Society scholars Susan Leigh Star and James Griesemer (1989), are conceptual entities that bridge different understandings of information by different user groups. For artists, the "objectness" of Star's and Griesemer's approach provides a flexible, tangible, and highly affective instrument for interdisciplinary research practice. In the context of the Anthropocene, the present geologic era marked by human activity, seeds become a means of symbolic depiction; a meme for political activism against industrial agriculture; a sign of hope for food security scientists; as well as a poetic idea that can galvanize different communities to imagine new strategies of resilience and reconciliation in a time of great uncertainty.

Eine Zusammenarbeit des MFA-Studiengangs Public Art and New Artistic Strategies der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Fakultät Kunst und Gestaltung, mit der ACC Galerie Weimar.

Montag, 28. Januar 2019, 19 Uhr, ACC Galerie