A workshop led by artist, researcher and Roots & Seeds XXI artist-in-residency Margherita Pevere, organised in collaboration with Umanesimo Artificiale in the context of the Transmedia Research Institute's summer school in Fano, Italy.
Today's challenges are characterized by increasing complexity, exemplified by the recent Italian water crisis. While remaining distinct phenomena, ecological complexity and biotechnologies pose transversal questions about today: in order to address them, specialized knowledge must be accompanied by transdisciplinary thinking and method. What role should be given to artistic research in this context?
Conducted by Margherita Pevere and departing from her recent project "Semina Aeternitatis" and the current research project "unframing death", which she developed through her residency with Roots & Seeds XXI, the workshop presented the idea of "the art of vulnerability" as an art-based method of investigation. Participants were invited to reflect critically on the “performativity” of materials, biotechnologies and biological processes through the use of maps, drawings, and poetic writing.
Margherita Pevere is an internationally acknowledged artist and researcher whose practice glides across biological arts and performance with a distinctive visceral signature. Her transdisciplinary inquiry hybridizes biolab practice, biotechnology, ecology, environmental politics, gender and death studies, with a healthy dose of hacking attitude to create arresting installations and performances that hunt today’s surging ecological complexity. She was an artist-in-residency with Roots & Seeds XXI, hosted by Quo Artis during May 2022.