Invasive Sculptures in Hybrid Ecologies

International Touring Exhibition of AR-Sculpture in Museums and Sculptural Gardens


Opening Reception:
Friday September 10th, 3pm - 5:30pm
MoMA  Sculpture Garden, NYC

Sofia Crespo & Feileacan McCormick, Carla Gannis, Joanna Hoffmann, Tamiko Thiel

Curated by Tina Sauerlaender and Ursula Ströbele
Organized and developed by MoMAR


the Android beta

The exhibition features adapted version of my AR artwork: RhiZone: [PapiLLa]


Openings Further Venues
Each from 4 pm local time
September 17, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
September 17, Kunstareal, Munich, Germany
September 17, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
September 24, Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, Hammer Museum, LA, USA
September 24, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
September 24, FRAC, Marseille, France
October 1, Centrum Rzeźby Polskiej w Orońsku (Center of Polish Sculpture), Poland
October 1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
October 8, Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
October 8, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
October 15, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
October 15, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
October 22, Louisana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek, Denmark
October 22, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
October 29, Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido, Japan
October 29, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico
November 5 to November 30: Open 24/7 globally!

The relationship between the arts, and what has been called ‘nature‘ as a historic, cultural and scientific concept, has undergone some major shifts. Various theories of post-(human)nature and eco-fiction have become more and more influential during the last decades as is well-known. The term ‘nature‘ itself has been called into question. Ecological theorists, such as Timothy Morton think that we actually live in a post-natural age, proclaiming ecology without nature. Donna Haraway describes entangled multispecies histories, using the term natureculture. These theories include new ways of thinking about established hierarchies, agency and power, as well as difference and ontology.

Leaving behind established dualisms, the exhibition Augmented Species. Invasive Sculptures in Hybrid Ecologies aims to present four contemporary artistic positions working in the field of sculpture, cyber ecology, and eco fiction: Sofia Crespo & Feileacan McCormick, Carla Gannis, Joanna Hoffmann, and Tamiko Thiel. They all deal with new technologies and forms of display, thus developing a site-specific sculptural aesthetics of the living, along with expanded possibilities of the sculptural in the digital age. Their artificial creatures seem to live as post-evolutionary prototypes departing from an augmented ecology. This ecology is less based on mimesis than on speculative, hybrid inventions. Thinking about potential worlds and futures in our post-nature society, the exhibition references traditional sculpture parks, including their specific relationship between surrounding nature, architecture,and the artifact. Contrary to the stasis and durability of classical statues, the digital sculptural interventions occupy the site. This immersion stimulates the overlap and interaction of heterogeneous realities and provokes new contexts of ephemerality, scalability, kinetic plasticity, and tech-based posthumanistic narratives.