Interspecies Futures [IF]

Friday, April 16th, 2021 - Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Immortality via jellyfish?
De-extinct dodos?
Synthetic tiger genitalia?

An interspecies history in two timestamps: from a 45,000-year-old cave painting of a wild pig in Indonesia to Elon Musk inserting a Neuralink chip into the brain of Gertrude the pig.

As we begin the third decade of the 21st century at the pace of COVID-19, an interspecies-transmitted virus, we realize that our anthropocentric fantasies may be more vulnerable than previously imagined. With genetic manipulation becoming exponentially more sophisticated and the capitalocene fueling planetary ecological collapse, how do we define and reinvent our relationship with nature and the other 99.99% of living beings moving forward? 

Interspecies Futures [IF] is the first survey of bookworks by leading international practitioners from the contemporary fields of bio-art and speculative design who have turned to the book as a tool for the proposal of alternative human-nonhuman scenarios.

Informed by methods from conceptual art, posthumanism, biotechnology (CRISPR), and emerging interfaces (AI, VR, 3D printing), these artists produce documents that defy the borders between fiction and reality. In their hands field guides, lost diaries, investigative dossiers, lab journals, corporate catalogues become portals into multiple interspecies possibilities.

Mon - Sat 11am - 4pm
Sun CLOSED

3rd floor
Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street

New York, NY

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