I am so very happy to announce the publication of and my contribution to Naturally Postnatural - Catalyst: Jennifer Willet, edited by Ted Herbert and published by Noxious Sector in their Catalyst book series. I have known Jennifer since we both were artists in residence in SymbioticA back in 2004 or there about. Since then we have shared with one another ideas, supported one another both in art and friendship and made a series of collaborative works that are of great importance to me. Writing a cluster of small vignettes that dance around the myriad threads of these conversations and works was a great pleasure and an immense privilege. Order a copy of the book and download a pdf of it here.
In the 21st century, a humanly-impacted climate is the natural state of planetary affairs: a global environmental disaster but perhaps also an artwork of geological scale. Responding to this idea requires an artistic spirit with an ecological conscience--perfectly espoused by the work of artist Jennifer Willet. From speculations on the genetic future to reflections on the ways that art challenges engagement, interaction and analysis, the contributions in this book share a key concern of Willet's: a recognition of the complexities of artistic engagement in a time when the stakes of technological living have never been higher.
With contributions from by Warren Cariou, Louise Chance-Baxter& and IAIN BAXTER&, George Gessert, George Gessert & Beth Franks, Christian Kuras, Marta de Menezes, Natasha Myers, Kira O'Reilly, Melentie Pandilovski, Paul Vanouse, Amanda White & Alana Bartol and Robert Zwijnenberg. Catalyst Book Series Volume 03. 254 pages.