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Imaginary Explosions draws upon geology to investigate how deep time and interspecies communication might assist us in radical planetary transformation. Comprised of video, sculpture and communication instruments, the cosmology explores what other presents and futures become possible once we begin to think beyond the framework of the human.
The videos follow an affiliation of transfeminist scientists operating in communication with the desires of the mineral earth to simultaneously erupt all volcanoes. As they traverse geological sites across place and time, they attempt to divest technoscientific instruments of their military and corporate power, in order to re-embody them towards alternative cosmologies and valorize embodied knowledges. Co-conspiring with the videos’ characters—who are artists and scholars whose real-life work pushes the very limits of science and culture. Imaginary Explosions points towards mutual alliance, climate reparation and worldbuilding. Across episodic videos, sculptures, costumes and texts, the interweaving of science with speculative fiction forges into affective geologies and the idea of becoming mineral.
Also in the episodic series, episode 1:
by Caitlin Berrigan
Yun Ingrid Lee is a composer, performer and artist based in The Hague. Recent works consist of lecture performances and writings on the noisiness of borders and identification in acoustic perception and histories of recording technology. She worked in collaboration with An3 (Andrie van der Kuit), a self taught composer, performer, music producer, visual artist, and DJ (under the name YesPinkPink and yEs!yEs!).
Nicole L’Huillier is an artist from Santiago, Chile, and is a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab. Her work explores human and non-human performativity, rituals of membranal and resonant architectures, as well as vibration and sound as construction materials for spaces, identity, and agency. Nicole works at the intersection of music, art, architecture, science, science fictions, and technology to challenge perceptual conventions and to open the possibility of new imaginaries.
Daniela Catrileo is a philosophy professor and writer. She is part of the Mapuche feminist collective and publisher Rangiñtulewfü. She has published diverse books, among them Río herido (2016), Guerra Florida (2018) and the collective book Niñas con Palillos (2014). She has participated in diverse anthologies and literary encounters in Chile and internationally. She holds workshops for literary creation and Mapuche literature, as well as teaching philosophy and gender studies.
Karen Holmberg is an archaeologist who specializes in volcanic contexts as proxies for radical environmental changes that humans have experienced for millions of years. Dr. Holmberg holds a PhD from Columbia and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at New York University, Gallatin School. Her current projects focus on volcanoes in Patagonia, Naples, and Mars. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and National Geographic.
The Vilcún caves and volcanic landscape of Chaitén, Chile: a transdisciplinary conservation study of coastal Patagonian archaeology and geoheritage (National Geographic, NGS-185C-18).
Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen Holmberg
Team members: Dr. Francisco Mena, Dr. Rafael Labarca, Dr. Brent Alloway, Dr. Andres Burbano, Constanza Gomez (ProCultura), Dr. Javiera Letelier
Sound Mix Sindhu Thirumalaisamy
Colorist Marika Litz