Wilding’s 'Body and Soul' (1992), a sculptural time-based work with coloured pigment bleeding between two alchemical vessels, provided a guiding emblematic system of transference and transmutation during the development of the Alembic programme. A selection of book and scroll works on show in Alembic includes dense allegorical imagery of hybrid organic matter alongside diaristic passages inspired by theological lineages as well as more recent feminist literature. The tousled woven tentacles of ‘Sea Womb’(1969) evokes Haraways recent writing concerning ‘making kin’ with the planet’s non-human inhabitants.
Mputu’s practice articulates a mutual dependence between holistic epistemologies, POC communities and online social networks. For Alembic, Mputu takes the healing Congolese dance ritual of Zebola alongside traditional herbal remedies to develop a holistic gameplay environment accessed online and via a sculptural living ‘hotspot’ herbal planter in the gallery.