Exhibition opening: January 23, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.
Duration: January 24 – May 4, 2014
Daily (except Tuesdays and Sundays) 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.
Ernst Schering Foundation | Unter den Linden 32–34 | 10117 Berlin
Open on Sunday, May 4, 2014!
With An Ecosystem of Excess, the Turkish artist Pinar Yoldas creates a post-human ecosystem of speculative organisms and their imagined environment. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a garbage vortex made up of several million tons of plastic waste in the North Pacific about the size of Central Europe is Yoldas’ site of interest and the birthplace for species of excess.
According to the ‘primordial soup’ theory, life on earth began four billion years ago in the oceans, when inorganic matter turned into organic molecules. Today, the oceans have become a plastic soup. Seeing this as a site of exchange between organic and synthetic matter, of fusion between nature and culture, Pinar Yoldas asks what life forms would emerge from the primeval sludge of today’s oceans. Her answer: An Ecosystem of Excess – a new biological taxonomy of the species of excess!
Pinar Yoldas is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher. The focus of her artistic research is on social and cultural systems that she relates to biological and ecological systems. Her research interest is in BioArt, the interactions of art and neuroscience, and eco-feminism. Lately she has been designing mutations, tumors, and neoplasmic organs to rethink the body and its sexuality transformed by the mostly urban habitats of techno-capitalist consumerism. Born in Turkey, Yoldas is currently a Ph.D. student in Media Arts and Science at Duke University while also completing her degree at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2008, she received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has already won numerous awards, including from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Duke University, and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
Ernst Schering Foundation
In its Project Space at Unter den Linden, the independent and non-profit Ernst Schering Foundation designs and presents shows by contemporary artists, organizes public academic lectures and initiates workshops at the interface of science and art. A particular focus is on art as research and on artistic positions that stimulate interdisciplinary debate. In cooperation with national and international partners, the Project Space also hosts exhibitions by major international artists.