NOWs: Ziggy and the Starfish by Anne Duk Hee Jordan
Ziggy and the Starfish (2016)
„What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from“. T. S. Eliot
Ziggy and the Starfish is a sculptural installation composing of a mechanical waste processing crab, a film exploring the diversity of sexuality in the ocean, scientific interviews and moving singing stones dating back millions of years. The newly commissioned work of Anne Duk Hee Jordan looks at sexuality from the perspective of marine life in a wholehearted environmental consumption where many causalities influence each other. Through pollution, traffic, oil spills, oil platforms, the sea began to change. The climate change in the hydrosphere determines the sexuality of the ocean animals. An almost invisible, yet undeniable change in the environmental and sexual world occurs. We can pretend the world goes on but we all go back to another big extinction. We are heading back to the end.
Facing the dreadful facts about global warming by zooming in on the perspective of aquatic life, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, created Ziggy and the Starfish, a sculptural environment exploring an alienate universe full of strangeness, changes and adaptation. After a month of free diving, many hours of underwater filming, interviews with marine biologists and geologists on the Basque coast, the artist tells the story of reproduction and decay and a sexuality way beyond our own imagination, while examining the relationship between nature, time and human intervention.
Text by Pauline Doutreluingne
Agency of Living Organisms
Tabakalera Center for Contemporary Art, San Sebastian, Spain
Opening, attended by the curator and the participating artists: Friday, 21st October 2016, at 7 pm.
Agency of Living Organisms explores the communication between different living organisms throughout the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere. It manifests itself as an artistic cosmography in close collaboration with artists exhibiting mainly new works specially designed for this project. The invited ‘agents’ share a questioning attitude towards the environment and its constructed representations. A new kind of ‘nature’ is being created, one that is shaped and categorized by humanity. Today the technosphere and the biosphere interact to form neo-natural phenomena.
As we find ourselves amidst pressing environmental and social crises, this project not only seeks to investigate our position in regards to our natural and built environment (the way we consume or sustain it), but also to lend insight into the perception of the self through the eyes of the ‘others’ and to forge an understanding of the complex networks within which we are embedded.
In response to the theme in question, the project proposes an exhibition with interconnected commissioned and existing works as a social living sculpture, an expanding format that opens the walls of the exhibition halls into the urban, natural and ‘online’ environment.
The show will include work by Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Esther Kokmeijer, Gerard Ortín, Iain Ball, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Lara Almarcegui, Maider López, New Mineral Collective, Tere Recarens, Tue Greenfort, El Conde de Torrefiel, Koenraad Van den Driessche and Nader Koochaki. Curated by Pauline Doutreluingne.
Please find the curatorial statement by Pauline Doutreluingne, Tabakalera Curator 2015, here.