more-than-human will be a group exhibition of media artworks at the intersection of art, science, indigenous world views and technology that focus specifically on understanding and unpacking the complexity of the more-than-human mind. Selected artworks will broadly invite the viewer/participant into interactive, media, or sensory experiences that have the potential to expand ones understanding and acceptance of what constitutes intelligence, sentience, and agency. The artworks in this exhibition will offer up diverse perspectives about the more-than-human in order to reveal the hidden complexity of a world that is obscured beneath the veil of our sensory limitations. Many of the artworks will be collaborative or experiential in nature and offer the opportunity for the human visitor to rethink what they believe nature to be, and to enter into dialogue with the complex systems that we are part of. A central focus of this show is to develop an understanding of the interconnected nature of life on this planet, in order to shift our collective understanding about the vitality of non-human agents and ‘other minds’ – with the goal of shaping an ethics of inclusion that can take a small step towards acknowledging the rights of nature.
The presented artworks will span a number of disciplines and world views and together will ask the following questions: What does it mean to be alive and have agency?, How can we re-train ourselves to slow down and listen to voices that have been marginalized for millennia?, What does it mean to be in dialogue with something that does not share the same language nor temporal reality?, Once we acknowledge the intelligence and ‘aliveness’ of something, what are the ethical implications of that recognition?, and How can we do better? What new mental models can we adopt to help guide how we engage with the world around us? This exhibition is geared towards listening and learning from these voices and finding ways to intersect with the public with the intention of rethinking and resituating our relationship with the natural world.
The exhibition will feature the works of six Canadian and four international artists (established and emerging). In addition to this exhibition there will be a sister symposium entitle Re-situating: more-than-human, which will be co-organize with GIER – Guelph Institute of Environmental Research and the rare Charitable Reserve in Cambridge, ON. The goal will be to bring together scholars, scientists, artists, and indigenous thought leaders together to explore and discuss the relevant themes brought up by the more-than-human exhibition. All events will be free and open to the public.
more-than-human will open in January 2023 (exact date to be announced) at ONSITE Gallery in downtown Toronto.
Re-situation: more-than-human will run May 6th and 7th, 2023 at the Guelph Arboretum and at rare Charitable Reserve in Cambridge.