What do we have in common? With each other, with our past selves, but most importantly, what will connect us with future generations? In this day and age full of political turmoil and ecological uncertainty, is it worth brooding over what it means to rely-on and to lend a hand to some body? Formalized by Timothy Morton and Donna Haraway, the concept of symbiosis in itself defines no entity as selfstanding, we are all complementary to an other being. Though it is unclear which is the top symbiont, and which is the parasite, humans and the microbiomes inhabit the same space, and have to learn to share. This co-dependent reliance, found all around us, and deeply rooted in our own species’ evolution, is defined as solidarity. “The word describes a state of physical and political organization, and it describes a feeling.” (Morton, 2017)
The show unravels in a visual installation of Beatriz’s The Land That Does Not Yet Exist, with her The New Humanity video (2017) as a dystopian manifesto addressed to the ‘new humanity’. This intention is complemented by Sara Rodrigues’ first chapters of the documentary Deptford Lives: every day is a good day. What does it mean to have social governance? How can our relations on the individual level impact the local and the global?
Liselotte Klint’s Square Studies performance (2018) maps out a micro-cosmos of interrelations and internal collisions.
Panic bugs, Panicattack Duo’s new performance (2018) takes the form of a contemporary reimagining of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. The artists rely-on each other, and through each other they uncover an array of millennial angsts and artistic anxieties. You are taken on a sonic journey of self-enquiry, with echoes of aimlessness, time currency and ethical agency.
“Solidarity restarts temporality. Solidarity means being freed from one’s being caught in the past and to have entered a vibrant nowness in which the future opens.” (Morton, 2017)