SMOKE BREATHER. Marius Presterud.

Posted in art, ecology, exhibition catalogue, photography, writing on July 21st, 2023
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Is your business secured in the case of ecological collapse?
Or are you unsure?

Oslo Apiary & Aviary is a provider of dark-ecological tools, goods and services. We work in the overlap between art and ecosystemic change, specializing in urban husbandry, feeding birds, growing worms, keeping bees, tending trees.

A consistent activity throughout our work is the inspection of how the domains ‘urbanity-nature’ and ‘private-public’ are expressed and separated: By caring for plants, birds and insects in the city, we question what types of life belong where. By subjugating ourselves to urban husbandry, we revitalize mutually dependent modes of being. Our entanglement allows for moments of enlivenment in a time of atomizing individuation. We are in this together! Through our embedded practice we try to get a sense of the city’s ontology – how the post-sustainable city is constituted and can, or can’t, be reconstituted.

Currently, ‘can’t” is in the lead, gothifying our practice. Drawing on strategies traditionally associated with the multi-roled artist, we find ourselves simultaneously planting trees as well as branching out into survivalist prepping: an entrepreneurial doomsday cult for hire, toiling in the ruins of humancentrism.

Marius Presterud (b.1980, Drammen) is a Norwegian artist based in Berlin and Oslo. He works across a variety of media; performance, poetry, sculpture and ecoventions, as well as in the field of mental health. Presterud has toured Europe as a poet, as well as performed and exhibited in established galleries such as Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany, and Kunstnernes Hus and Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway. From 2014-2019, Presterud worked full-time with his art- and research based practice, Oslo Apiary & Aviary. 

Régine Debatty is a curator, art critic and the founder of award-winning blog we-make- money-not-art.com. Since 2004, she has been writing and lecturing internationally about the way artists, hackers and designers use science and technology as a medium for critical discussion.

Norwegian Sculptor’s Association 2023
Exhibition documentation courtesy of NBF and Kunstdok
Goth Beekeeping camera and editing by Lene Johansen
Grave Talk recording by Marius Presterud
editing by Rebekka Handeland
Press photo by Siv Dolmen
Catalogue design by Elena Feijoo

Grasslands for Insects. Mattis Kuhn. windpark books

Posted in Artist's book, books, ecology on January 10th, 2023
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This project is dedicated to the research of future actions for the conservation and promotion of biodiversity. The grasslands for insects collected in this book were made possible by several machine learning models.

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Department of Artificial Butterflies. Giorgos Gerontides. KEDA*PRESS

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, ecology, science on December 2nd, 2022
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The Department of Artificial Butterflies (DoAB) is a part of a larger project that aims to create a Museum of UnNatural History. The Museum will advance its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human contemporary cultures, the natural world as we reproduce it and ecology through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

The “DoAB” aims to research animal issues in contemporary art in relation to John Berger’s text “Why look at animals” which examines some of the most important concepts in social theory and philosophy such as the action of the gaze, the relationships between humans and animals in society as well as the objectification of the animal and the distancing of the human from the animal.

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I, Ecology, on the ecology of everything. Cristian Toro, Jens Benöhr, Klara Lena Virik.

Posted in books, ecology, politics, zines on August 12th, 2022
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This collection of incomplete essays is what we call the ecology of everything. We think of complexity like an astrayed arrow hitting no target. Line and dots. A dashing constellation of things. Everything is not directly related to everything, but everything is related to something.

These ideas are a vestige of a fragmented ecosystem. A marginal third nature that manages to live in the interstices of capitalism. They are a recollection of brief awe, not able to finish their growth and already being torn into pieces by social media, memes, podcasts, YouTube videos, video games, and a constant urge for disaster. A little codex sent from planet Earth in times of destruction. And so, we find them. Sporulating at the End of the World is Holobiont; me, you, and everything in between.

Numbered edition of 50.

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Emergence Magazine Volume III. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Seanna Quinn, Bethany Ritz (Eds.). Emergence Magazine

Posted in ecology, magazines, politics on May 14th, 2022
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Volume 3: Living with the Unknown

After more than two years of instability triggered by the pandemic, apocalyptic visions are becoming a lived reality, as the effects of climate breakdown rapidly increase and failing societal and economic structures reveal the fragility of our modern industrial way of life. Cracks in the system are becoming chasms. So much has been revealed, both the light and the dark, that we have no true sense of what has been set into motion.

What does living in an unfolding apocalyptic reality look like? The stories in Volume 3: Living with the Unknown explore this question through four themes—Initiation, Ashes, Roots, and Futures—moving from the raw unknowing of transformation to a place of rooted possibility. We commissioned new work from writers, artists, photographers, and poets, inviting them to respond to these themes. Within these pages you’ll experience fallen leaves, emerging cicadas, changing Arctic landscapes, reflections on motherhood and beauty, the kinship among trees, inward migrations, and imagined post-apocalyptic realities.

Contributors: Anna Badkhen, Juan Bernabeu, Sheila Pree Bright, Sydney Cain, Camille T. Dungy, Azadeh Elmizadeh, Anisa George, Amitav Ghosh, Rebecca Giggs, Ann Hamilton, Daisy Hildyard, Linda Hogan, Daehyun Kim (“moonassi”), Robin Wall Kimmerer, J. Drew Lanham, Andri Snær Magnason, Ben Okri, Martin Shaw, Suzanne Simard, Jake Skeets, Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Terry Tempest Williams, Alexis Wright, and Kiliii Yüyan.

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