Psychology and Politics of Being Ecological

While the Anthropocene is screaming for attention and some believe the post-Anthropocene is already at the gates, it becomes increasingly difficult to determine our position. We’re collectively sliding along a scale from denial and indifference to fear and mournful rebellion. How do we move from debilitating indecision to an inevitable intervention?

Artist: Michael Sedbon in collaboration with Raoul Frese. Image: Boudewijn Bollmann

Artist: Jonathan Ho with Joris Koene. Image: Boudewijn Bollmann

With Polarities MU is questioning the extremities of our age. Is economy truly the opposite of nature, female the opposite of male, extinction the opposite of survival? 

Polarities presents the three winning projects of the Bio Art & Design Award 2019, developed in collaboration with leading Dutch researchers in the life sciences. They are shown alongside recent works of international artists and designers whose course isn’t set by a compass of contradictions. Follow the call of the lost Kaua’i ‘?‘? bird, feel the shifting of the Earth’s magnetic field and contribute to the quest for female sperm. Change is inevitable, but don’t worry too much: we are all ecological anyhow.

Artist: Minji Choi. Image: Boudewijn Bollmann 

Participating artists
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Christina Agapakis/Ginkgo Bioworks & Sissel Tolaas, Charlotte Jarvis, Emma van der Leest & Aneta Schaap-Oziemlak (BAD Award), Paul Verweij & Sybren De Hoog (Radboudumc / CWZ), Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Phillip Andrew Lewis, Irene Stracuzzi, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Jonathan Ho (BAD Award) & Joris Koene (VU), Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark IJzerman & Sébastien Robert, Michael Sedbon (BAD Award) & Raoul Frese (VU), Minji Choi

The exhibition is curated by Angelique Spaninks & Xandra van der Eijk. 
Read the essay "Being human in the age of loss. An anthropocentric view on the Anthropocene" by Xandra van Eijk here.

Artist: Emma van der Leest & Aneta Schaap-Oziemlak with Paul Verweij & Sybren. Image: Boudewijn Bollmann

Artist: Jonathan Ho with Joris Koene. Image: Boudewijn Bollmann

Artist: Charlotte Jarvis. Image: Boudewijn Bollmann