Artist in Residence 2020

Date Commenced: 01.06.20

Date Completed: 30.06.20

Copyright: Emma Hislop
About this Exposition

Gurgling gut. The belly of our planet is disturbed, overturned soil, unbalanced microbiome. Ultrasonic rumblings go unheard, even with groundbreaking technologies. How can we actively listen to an undiscovered frequency?

Unchanged linear economic systems feed into the framework of every vein in our biosphere. Tensions pull to fray, strained spines too proud to bend. Even our grandparents knew, 'nature doesn't do straight lines'. This reflection calls for further understanding of ecological crises and the need to adapt to current/future symptomatic events. I ask how and what it is to experience and how doing so affects the term 'phenomena'. Aiming to deconstruct academia by communicating instinctually through phenomenology – knowledge through experience. I attempt to ignite an emotional reaction in the viewer to inspire the disruption of comfortable systems.

I use research and desk-based work to evoke action by working transparently and implementing circularity as a case study in my artist practice. My interests in biosphere-atmospheric-microbiome relations drive my practice. Chronic gut disease and catastrophic climate events are on the rise in parallel. I apply the experience of my gut trauma to fuel abstraction and expansion of current biomedical research. Unable to understand my body, I look at the other, anchored in phenomena as used across all branches of knowledge. The purpose of these studies is to apply and test the credibility of self-coined "hlysnanism". From the Old English for 'pay attention to', lost somewhere in vocabulary evolution to listening without hearing. Hlysnanism works towards finding our mother tongue, the system of nature as all our language—superseding Esperanto as a cross-species dialect above logocentrism.

Using this exposition as a case study, I embody practice as research. Taking context from Efva Lilja's, Art, Research, Empowerment and current discourse surrounding systems theory and cybernetics. The rumblings beneath us come from within; the object of perception is in question.

Emma Hislop