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AMOEBA + PSEUDO-AMOEBA

AMOEBA + PSEUDO-AMOEBA

Astarte Rowe Introduction: Art is Amoebic This essay was largely written in concert with an exhibition I curated at the Critical Distance gallery in Toronto, Ontario, titled The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition, which opened on 21 September 2016. Along with artworks by Jessica Drenk (United States), Gabriel Lalonde (Canada), and Claudia Wieser (Germany), the exhibition featured as its centerpiece a living culture of single-celled amoebas, Mediolus corona. These shell-building protists were housed in...

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Uninhabiting the Corrosive Littoral of the Anthropocene in the Levelled Sands of Being

Justin Clemens ‘The poetry of earth is never dead’ — John Keats Like many other people, I believe we are living in the end times — at least for the earth as a habitable place for humans and, indeed, for so many other species. So much, so many things seem to be falling apart. The media speaks of microplastics in the darkest trenches of the sea, of melting icecaps, of other effects of accelerating global...

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Microontologies of Art, Design, and Architecture

by Myra J. Hird When Martyn Tranter, a biogeochemist at the University of Bristol, forgot his glacier goggles whilst conducting research in Greenland, he discovered something breathtaking. Without his color-filtering eyewear, Tranter encountered a kaleidoscope of mauve, green, red, and brown colors covering ice sheets near Greenland’s Kangerlussuaq region; what scientists have come to informally term ‘watermelon snow.’ Algae blooms of microscopic organisms produce the color aesthetic. These blooms, which have also been found...

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