Unsettled Bodies. Nature at War
site specific audio and visual installation, 2019
With: Gabriela Baka

Commissioned by Bureau Europa for the exhibition Landscape as cult. A changing new on our nature 28.11.2019 - 03.05.2020 

  Unsettled Bodies. Nature at War. Installation view, Bureau Europa. 2019

Unsettled Bodies. Nature at War is an audio-essay and spatial installation about the development of botanic bioengineering and antimalarial medications during 19th century’s European colonialism. Combining newly produced pieces and archival material, the work reveals the ways in which the design of tissues unfolded alongside the horizontal expansion of European empires. Either through the chemical modificatio of Cinchona trees inside plantations laborartories, or the immunisation of the organism of European soldiers, the body becomes a colonial project. Using the chemistry of quinine as a material vehicle to journey across multispecies acts of engineering, the installation and the audio- essay unfold the ways colonialism emerges as the redesign of the surface of the planet to the scale of the organism.

Read the script here