Spider/Web Oracle Readings Program
Spider/Web Pavilion 7
Aero(s)cene: When breath becomes air, when atmospheres become the movement for a post fossil fuel era against carbon-capitalist clouds
Beyond the Cradle 2019: Space and the Arts
Engadin Art Talks: Grace and Gravity
Webs of At-tent(s)ion
The Politics of Solar Rhythms: Cosmic Levitation
Sounding the Air
Passages of Time
Particular Matter(s) Jam Session
A Thermodynamic Imaginary
How to entangle the universe in a spider/web?
Art Basel Miami – Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Tomás Saraceno
“ON AIR live with…”
Our Interplanetary Bodies
Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities
163,000 Light Years
On Space Time Foam
How to Entangle the Universe in a Spider Web
Ring Bell — Solar Orchestra and the Wind Structures
14 Billions (Working Title)
Poetic Cosmos of the Breath
Galaxies Forming along Filaments, like Droplets along the Strands of a Spider’s Web
The Spider/Web Oracle Readings Program at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia encouraged broader interactions between humans, spiders and other species whose entangled relations are often obscured in the haze of humans’ self-professed priority. Dissipating this fog by calling attention to the symbiotic threads linking human and non-humans, whether these relationships are mutually beneficial, commensal, amensalic, or parasitic, the program shed new light on collective, multi-species futures.
Participants are invited to Spider/Web Pavilion 7 to illuminate these age-old interwoven relations by way of scientific, philosophical, and cultural images or stories. They are comprised of scientists, musicians, theorists, anthropologists, and poets; even meditation experts or tarot readers. Upon entering the Pavilion each participant is met with a dense array of Hybrid Spider/Webs, a novel kind of web typology conceived and realized by Tomás Saraceno with the assistance of multitudes of arachnid kin. These webs, made up of orbs, sheets, tents, and dome-like labyrinths, speak to the complex fabric of inter-species connections; relationships that will be meaningfully decoded throughout the course of the Readings.
As free interpretations of the idea of “reading” collective futures through the spider/web, the individual performances coalesced in relation to the performer and their own unique web of relations, merging together to articulate the interdisciplinary modes of thinking, feeling and knowing the multiple strands of species interconnection in the current age of ecological crisis. The first iteration of Spider/Web Oracle Readings Program ran from 8th-11th May. Further interactions will emerge throughout the duration of May You Live In Interesting Times, Biennale Arte 2019, curated by Ralph Rugoff.
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Spider/Web Oracle Readings Program
Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Serpentine Gallery curator, engaged with arachnomancy and palm reading through the interpretation of Italian fiction writer and tarot expert Rosa Matteucci.
Filipa Ramos and Heidi Ballet presented an abridged survey of fear using snippets from film and literature that featured spider-human relations, shedding particular light on the way in which the terror and disgust elicited by these creatures was naturalized through these mediums. Excerpts from Haydn Allen´s thesis, which he used as a mode to surpass his arachnophobia, were also read.
David Zeitlyn interacted with spiders through “nggam du”, a spider divination practice from Cameroon, prompting people to think about how they see the world.
Stavros Katsanevas took visitors on a journey through the most important scientific revolutions of the last century, as well as their ethical and epistemological consequences.
Marco Isaia toured the area surrounding the Giardini Biennale, highlighting the collaborating weaving occurring between Nephila Senegalensis, Cyrtophora Citricola and Holocnemus Pluchei spiders, shedding light onto the myriad species inhabiting even the most ordinary ecologies.
Alex Jordan discussed how we might try to cross the modal bridge and gain insight into the meaning of spider and animal communication, using recent developments in machine learning and dimensionality reduction.
Boštjan Perovšek held two acoustic ambient sessions on vibrational and sonic landscapes.
Lukas Feireiss collectively performed his arachnomancy-inspired writing with audience members by handing out notes to read out loud. Focused on the pop-cultural figure of Spider-Man, his talk offered a playful attempt to untangle the complex web of philosophical questions brought on by the web-slinging superhero and his world.