TRANSGENESIS, the process of transferring genes from one organism to another, has the potential to change the physical characteristics or traits of an organism. The technology is developing quickly and is expected to become the most significant actor in the future of human speciation. As a species we already cultivate transgenic animals and plants for pharmaceutical applications and human
consumption, this exhibition aims to explore the idea of becoming one ourselves. TRANSGENESIS investigates the possibility of transcending the limitations of our given physiognomy.
In TRANSGENESIS, a metamorphosis is taking place. Agnes? has been conceived deep within Giovanni Vetere. They are a new spieces, a genderless half-human half-cephalopod creature, multicellular and symbiotic, with the ability to multiply and modify at will. Agnes? is a fluid creature, a liquid entity that takes new forms and shapes, constantly destroying themself to give birth to new life.
They are the destruction that leads to construction. They are the necessary death that leads to life in a never ending evolutionary process. Through their embodiment of the octopus they manifest the ultimate sacrifice of motherhood.
Unfolding in three parts, TRANSGENESIS represents the evolutionary process of perpetual self-transformation which culminates in the embodiment of Agnes?’s long-durational performance: 184 hours of performance over the course of 23 consecutive days, 8 hours each day. Agnes?’s act of bodily defiance is emphasised by Magnus Westwell’s choreography, of which a special programme of
dancers will further activate the space on select days, with sound design by Portamento and costumes by Erica Curci. A special exhibition text written by Charlie Mills will be published to coincide with the show.