Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014
Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time

Next Thursday, Marina Zurkow returns to Rice to curate “Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time.” Her mysterious meal will be the culmination of the Energy Arts cluster’s focus on Zurkow’s work, which started with her talk in October, and continued with rolling installations of “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” around campus, in locations like the Rec Center and the RMC. “Outside the Work” makes geologic time its theme in an unusual way: by using the sense of taste. The piece explores our relationship with that most powerful and controversial geology: the undead matter of oil. To get a better sense of what “Outside the Work” is all about, have a look at Joseph Campana’s review of the first performance, which took place at Boston University (Bale kindly avoids spoiling the surprise for those of us dining in Houston). After next week, check back here for a report on the meal.

Meat, shellfish, invertebrates, shellfish, dairy, and petrochemicals will be served. There will be no substitutions.

(By invitation)

Learn more about Marina Zurkow’s work here.

Bio: Crossing multiple disciplines with her practice, Marina Zurkow builds animations and participatory environments that are centered on humans and their relationship to animals, plants and the weather. Engaging audiences using film and video, sculpture, print graphics and public interventions, Zurkow’s work is by turns humorous and contemplative. Through the experience of her projects it is clear that nature has long been a stage upon which we project ourselves, making ourselves other.

Zurkow’s recent series “Friends and Enemies” mines the intersection of bias, inclusion, and kinship in our relations with other species. “Necrocracy” reconstructs the role of hydrocarbons in contemporary landscape and questions the inherited Romantic-era division between the natural and the human. “Crossing the Waters” focuses on climate change and considers catastrophe, picturing ways to imagine nature within us, and nature without us.

In 2011 a solo exhibition of Zurkow’s work was featured at the Montclair Art Museum. Past exhibitions of her work have also been featured at FACT, Liverpool; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Wave Hill, New York; National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Bennington College, Vermont; Borusan Collection, Istanbul; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon; Marian Spore, New York; 01SJ Biennial, San Jose; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Creative Time, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Transmediale, Berlin; Eyebeam, New York; Sundance Film Festival, Utah; Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands; and the Seoul Media City Biennial, Korea, among others.

Marina Zurkow is the recipient of a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has also been granted awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Creative Capital. She is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

For exhibition inquiries, please contact Laura Blereau at bitforms gallery.