A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN
- October 19-December 16
- On View | Wednesday-Sunday | 12-6pm
- Opening Reception: October 19 | 6-8pm
- Closed November 11, 21-25
Fantastic Voyage w/ Lyrics HD – Organized by American Artist | December 14.
A night of performances in conjunction with the installation A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN.
“Everyone contains a history of contamination; purity is not an option.” 1
In the event of disaster, we, the people who have always been surviving, will simply continue to survive. We have learned skills you wouldn’t believe, enduring under police states. We refine trauma into gold and use exile as jet propellant.
Yet we lack a vision of our lives past survival. What will we do when we head “back to the land” that was never ours? We do not see ourselves in the paranoiac manuals of preppers, in minimalist lifestyle retreats, in the nativist isolationism of militiamen.
We do not want to repeat these dreams of being the center, forever tyrants over little kingdoms. In this beyond, we will contaminate one another. We first learn from the past, building lookouts to keep our homes from burning.
We then seek an unruly communion. New languages, icons, guides, rituals, spun and fired beneath a twilight canopy of fungi. We claim a gorgeous, baroque maximalism, a future that sounds, looks, and feels like our innermost thoughts.
Our heartfelt thanks to an anonymous individual donor from Fort Worth, Texas who helped to make this installation possible.
1 Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. 31.
Photo: Genevieve Hanson