FIFTY PERCENT HUMAN
In collaboration with: Birgit Nemec, Cocky Eek, Hauke Smidt
8 - 16 October
Special opening times, see below
We, humans, have recently come to the understanding that we have twice as many bacterial cells than human cells, living both in and on our bodies. Besides this abstract knowledge, what does this mean for our self-recognition, for our concepts of autonomy and for the borders of our self? If fifty percent of the cells that constitute our body are not human but microbial, how could we get in touch with our nonhuman co-habitants?
Fifty Percent Human creates an in-between space, addressing uncertainties, ambiguities and imagination linked to the microbial paradigm shift both on an aesthetic and on an epistemological level. The project’s installation presents a damp environment, filled thick with enlarged transparent and liquid membrane-bound microbial cells, collectively swimming, lying or floating - an intersecting multi-species landscape to explore. Is it possible that we may sense a language to encounter with non-verbal organisms through touch? To experience and thus better understand inter-organismic communication means taking care of the microcosm and thus ultimately means taking better care of ourselves.
Saturday 8 October 2 - 6 PM, Opening
Sunday 9 October 11 AM - 6 PM
Monday 10 October - Friday 14 October: 11 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 15 oktober 11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 16 oktober 11 AM - 6 PM, Finissage starts at 2 PM