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Unearthing Queer Ecologies
Unearthing Queer Ecologies is an audio/visual sound art project that uses biology and technology to reveal images and sounds of growing plant life beyond the scope of human sight and hearing.
The title refers to the term Queer Ecology which scholar Catriona Sandilands describes as “recognizing that people often consider nature in terms of dualistic notions such as ‘natural and unnatural,’ ‘living or non-living,’ or ‘human or non-human,’ when in reality, nature exists in a continuous state.”
The project pays homage to this idea by sonically and visually documenting the growth of lavender, pansies and mushrooms; plants that have been deemed “queer” by culture and organisms that are “queer” in the very nature of their DNA.
The project’s installation module articulates accessibility concerns by including visual elements for those who are hearing impaired and/or who wish to experience sounds in a unique way.
Author: Amy Reid
Technique: Mel Gross
Support: Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, The Medicine Show. This action is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
*AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 18-24