Hyperobjects is a group exhibition co-
International Archives 1st half of 2018
Exhibition April 13 -
© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2018. All Rights Reserved
Morton asks: Where are we? Marfa, Texas, the USA, Earth…? When are we? This week? This year? Our lifetime? The time of capitalism? The time of humans on Earth? And, what’s more, who are we? Humans? What on Earth is humankind? Can we say we in a way that isn’t misogynistic or racist—or speciesist? How do we speak our agency in the biosphere?
In his 2013 book, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World, Morton defines hyperobjects as entities that are bewilderingly huge—global warming, plastic in the ocean, nuclear waste—and seemingly incomprehensible. Morton argues that hyperobjects create an ecological awareness far beyond normal human comprehension. To understand a hyperobject, we must transform the way we see and experience the universe. In line with this idea, the exhibition seeks to create encounters with artworks and non-
Via aesthetics, direct sensory experience, speculative explorations, and dramatic fluctuations in scale, the artists in Hyperobjects reflect various facets of this monumental theory. To this end, Tara Donovan realizes a site-
Emilija Škarnulytė’s immersive video installation depicts neutrino detectors and nuclear submarines from the perspective of an anthropologist from the distant future. Megan May Daalder’s Mirrorbox is a wearable double helmet invented by the artist to reflect and combine the facial features of participants, breaking down perceived boundaries between self and other.
Sissel Marie Tonn installs a new configuration of her Intimate Earthquake Archive, allowing visitors to wear vests that transmit seismic data from man-
The artist collective Postcommodity considers the US/Mexico border with a sound installation that dramatizes the government’s co-
Copelin and Morton have also included objects sourced from the botanical, geological and anthropological records local to Marfa and the Trans-
Ballroom Marfa is collaborating with local, regional, and national research organizations on a slate of supplementary programs that respond to the exhibition and connect participants to the singular ecology of the Trans-
A catalogue, produced in conjunction with the exhibition, will include contributions from Olafur Eliasson, Kathelin Gray, Morton, Ben Rivers, Kim Stanley Robinson, Mark von Schlegell, the artists in the exhibition, and more to be announced.