We parley with the possible
Film programme accompanying Ursula Mayer exibition What Will Survive of Us
Imagined as a conversation with and on Ursula Mayer’s work and practice, the film programme We parley with the possible explores different bodies and subjectivities, both human and non-human, and the systems through which they come to matter. Assembling various artistic positions and genres and moving beyond linear representation, the program offers chimeric speculations on what it could mean to be human in an age where software, hardware, and living organism have merged. Unfolding online over three days, and accessible through MOJEeKINO.PL, the programme fosters critical reflection and discussion on Ursula Mayer's show What Will Survive of Us, on view at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art until the 2nd of May 2021.
Focusing on the relationship between bodies and identity, organisms and language, biological and computational systems in the first and second part of programme, present the work of Tuomas A Laitinen, P. Staff, Jenna Sutela, Fabrizio Terranova, Andrew Norman Wilson, along Ursula Mayer's earlier films to delve into issues such as interspecies communication, gender and transformation, representation, and desire.
Embracing visionary world-building in their work, artists such as Black Audio Film Collective, Cécile B. Evans, Ursula Mayer and Metahaven, are featured in the third part of programme. Looking at how memory is constructed whilst offering new modes of representation to sketch imaginary futures the works selected question how our subjectivities are formed, hybridized and narrated.
We parley with the possible brings to the foreground eco-feminist and techno posthumanist positions, bridging the gap between nature and technology, science and fiction speculatively envisioning multiple universes and with them new possibilities for our present and future.