Welcome to the Performative Habitats book launch on 20 April at 5.00 pm in Myymälä2 gallery.
Curator Irina Mutt moderates an informal conversation with the contributors to the book.
After the book launch a concert with Dj Bunuel (turntables and dj set), Arttu Takalo (vibraphone), and Katri Tikka (harp).
Perfomative Habitats, a project created by Egle Oddo thanks to the support of the Italian Council program, lasted one year and was curated by Lori Adragna. With Performative Habitats biology, botany and natural sciences meet the manifold languages of the arts. Emerging at the intersection of different methodologies and forms of knowledge, habitats are presented as polyphonic reality generated through the inclusion of complex and complementary perspectives.
The book, which takes its title from the project, analyses the themes dear to the artist and sees the contribution of a number of philosophers, scientists and art historians, some of whom will be speaking at Myymälä2. The publication, designed by Basak Senova and created in collaboration with Postmedia Books, will be distributed worldwide.
Essays in English, French and Italian: Lori Adragna, Michela Becchis, Karim Ben Hamed, Leonardo Caffo, Eva Comuzzi, Giorgio de Finis, Elisabetta Di Stefano, Patrizia Gambarotta, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Imen Labidi, Maria Vittoria Longhi, Åsa Lönnqvist, Orietta Masin, Juan-Luis Moreno Moreno, Maria Giovanna Musso, Irina Mutt, Santa Nastro, Egle Oddo, Anna Ruth, Cristina Salmeri, Anna Scialabba, Basak Senova, Abderrazak Smaoui, Claudia Stivali, Timo Tuhkanen, Lea Vene, and Suvi Vepsä.
From the book: “How is it possible to install ecological life with its niches in a posthuman perspective within the habitat of Homo sapiens? In reality, there is already an atlas of disappeared architectures that begin to reappear as gestures of resistance perfect for illustrating our case: urban gardens, the occupation and transformation of buildings and houses, experiences of autonomous construction, and rural life in the suburbs. Architecture, oriented accordingly to the project, thus becomes a theory of grafting: where one could observe a repetition, between one house and another appears an oddity, an alteration, a formal gesture of rupture that aims to create a window between worlds that are often in conflict.” - Philosopher Leonardo Caffo
Project partners: GMK gallery, Myymälä2 gallery, Mänttä Festival, Pixelache Helsinki, STEBICEF Department and Humanities Department of the University of Palermo, CBBC - Center of Biotechnology of Borj Cedria, and MAXXI Rome.
The project was supported by: the Italian Council (VIII edition, 2020), and the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism; the Arts Promotion Center Finland; the Finnish Cultural Foundation; the Italian Cultural Institute of Helsinki; the Italian Cultural Institute of Tunis.
The book is supported by the Italian Council (VIII edition, 2020), a program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism; and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.