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Agalinis Dreams

Agalinis Dreams

Agalinis Dreams

Agalinis Acuta blooming

Agalinis Acuta blooming

installation

installation

Headspace capturing the scent of the Agalinis Acuta

Headspace capturing the scent of the Agalinis Acuta

Life Support, Live Performance

Life Support, Live Performance

Agalinis Dreams

Agalinis Dreams

imbibing

imbibing

Specialist Loading Choreography

Specialist Loading Choreography

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Agalinis Dreams is a series of works centered around the  Agalinis Acuta, the only federally protected endangered plant species in New York State. This is a tiny weed that blooms into a pink flower one day a year; a species on the verge of extinction; it is also a parasite, a species that one may argue has persisted only thanks to human activity, and, a legal fiction: in 2008, genetic testing revealed that the species doesn’t exist at all (it’s discovery as a new species has turned out to be a taxonomic error), yet legal imperatives around species protection mean that even scientists continue the illusion.

Agalinis Dreams is at once a tribute to just one tiny and elusive species facing existential threat amidst global mass extinction, and at the same time an inquiry into what is nature, what is native, what it means to ‘protect’ species, and ultimately what is progress in the technosphere.

A three-channel video installation What Is Known Is Not Necessarily a Fact inside which takes place the ritual participatory performance The Farewell To All That One Has Used, Broken, Lost Must Be Ennobled By Ceremony and Life Support.

Miriam Simun’s Ceremony For New York’s Only Endangered Flower from Creative Capital on Vimeo.

 

Thank You: Wednesday Kim, Dr. Maile Neel, Paul D’Andrea and the Long Island Nature Conservancy, Betsy Gulotta and the Friends of Hempstead Plains, Dr. Bryan Connolly, Dr. Marilyn Jordan, Dr. Bob Zaremba, Dr. Paul Sommers, Dr. Robert Raguso, Dr. Charles Davis, Dr. Nina Theis, David Stolarz, Wayne Chindall, Tim Simmons

Agalinis Dreams a commissioned by the Museum of Arts and Design for NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial. Additional support provided by the Creative Capital, International Flavors & Fragrances, Adirondack Distilling Company, Tarbaby Hair Design, Stream Gallery and the Andy Warhol Visual Arts Program at the Long Island Nature Conservancy.

Posted in Projects

GhostFood

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GhostFood Trailer, metal and wood 5'x10'x6'

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Performance at DesignPhiladelphia

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Performance at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ

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Performance at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ

miriam simun artist miriam songster marfa dialogues robert rauschenberg foundation gallery aferro steamworkphilly designphiladelphia climate change

Performance at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ

Performance at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ

Performance at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ

GhostFood Instructions Rauschenberg Project Space / photo by B.Lozovsky

GhostFood Instructions Rauschenberg Project Space / photo by B.Lozovsky

Moldy nuts are toxic nuts

Moldy nuts are toxic nuts

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GhostFood Labels

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GhostFood explores eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. The GhostFood mobile food trailer serves scent-food pairings that are consumed by the public using a wearable device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods. Inspired by insect physiology (insects use their antennae to smell and thus navigate their world) and long-standing human traditions of technological extension of the senses, the device inserts direct olfactory stimulation into the eating experience. Scents of foods threatened by climate change are paired with foods made from climate change-resilient foodstuffs, to provide the taste illusions of foods that may soon no longer be available. GhostFood staff serve the public, guiding visitors through this pre-nostalgic experience, and engaging dialogue.

In collaboration with Miriam Songster.

Commissioned by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for the multi-site exhibition Marfa Dialogues/NY, with additional support provided by Takasago, NextFab Studios and Whole Foods. Marfa Dialogues/NY is a collaboration between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation. GhostFood was presented by Gallery Aferro in Newark and by SteamWorkPhilly in Philadelphia. Thank you Holly Gressley, Corrie Van Sice, Monell Chemical Senses Center and Olivia Bransbourg.

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PRESS
Edible Geography
Hyperallergic
Artlab
Fast Company
The Verge
Creators Project
Yahoo News
NewsWorks
One Green Planet
Trendhunter
Gizmodo
PSFK
The Finch and Pea
Grist
Directo al Paladar
Art Nouveau
Short News

Posted in Projects

The Farewell To All That One Has Used..

The Farewell To All That One Has Used, Broken, Lost Must Be Ennobled By Ceremony
Scent, Cocktail, Performer, Memory, Audience Sensations, duration variable

A sensorial experience that each audience member experiences, standing over a plinth, led by a performer “guide.” The guide performs a piece of text, assists the audience member to don the Adōrō, take a sip of cocktail, attend to their senses, try to catch her flavor, try again, answer any questions. Beside the guide sits a specialist at work, clearing, cleaning and reloading the Adōrō and trays. This is a choreographed series of motions.

Served

Ritual Cocktail

Posted in Performance

Today Is Not Yesterday

Today is Not Yesterday
Part of the work Agalinis Dreams
Never-before-perceived scent, glass, rubber, 2.75” x 2.75”

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Today Is Not Yesterday

Today Is Not Yesterday

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The Agalinis Acuta is so small that its scent has never before been perceived by humans. Using living flower headspace technology to capture the chemical trace of this tiny flower as it grows, the scent of the Agalinis has been captured and recreated for the first time ever for human perception. This scent, Today is Not Yesterday, is the scent of the Agalinis Acuta minus one green note. Today is Not Yesterday has been created as a limited edition, packaged in a 2ml glass ampule and encapsulated in a spherical silicone case to make it suitable for freezing (to preserve scent for ultimate longevity).

Posted in Objects

Cemetery Safari Yoga

Cemetery Safari Yoga
Participatory Performance
Part of the Cemetery Safari Project

miriam simun cemetery safari yoga performance art

miriam simun cemetery safari yoga performance art

//Performances:
Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
Saint Pauls Church Cemetery, New York City, NY, 2012
Philliapapos Grave, Athens, Greece, 2014

Posted in Performance

Human Farming

Human Farming
Live network TV Performance, video, 2011
Part of the Human Cheese Project

Human Farming from

Live TV interview with John Gromely for SUN NEWS
Miriam Simun, “human farmer” aka The Lady Cheese Shop Purveyor
April 12 2011

Posted in Performance

Human Cheese

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Making Human Cheese, video with audio 5:02 (still)

miriam simun human cheese the lady cheese shop video

Making Human Cheese, video with audio 5:02 (still)

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Human Cheese, in front of urban pasture

Human Cheese Lifecycle Analysis

Human Cheese Lifecycle Analysis

Rotating Lifecyle Platter

Rotating Lifecyle Platter

The Lady Cheese Shop window display

The Lady Cheese Shop window display

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The Lady Cheese Shop serves cheese from three different women

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Three Human Cheeses

Sourcing Human Milk: Survey

Sourcing Human Milk: Survey

Sourcing Human Milk: Blood Test

Sourcing Human Milk: Blood Test

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The Lady Cheese Shop: Comment Cards

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Interview on Sun News

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The Lady Cheese Shop est. 2011

Human Cheese is a socio-technical and economic system for sourcing, making and distributing human cheese, positioned as a real commodity. Sourcing human milk via the internet, making cheese in my kitchen, and adopting the storytelling practices of small-scale artisanal food brands, Human Cheese culminates in The Lady Cheese Shop: an installation that presents ethically sourced, locally made cheeses made from ‘the original natural food’ – human milk.

Three delicious human cheeses are served (made from the milk of three different women), accented with delectable food pairings inspired by the cultural and microbial terroir of each cheese. Two cheeses made from local New York milk (Chelsea and Midtown), one imported milk (Wisconsin). Milk was purchased and donated via internet/FedEx and in person. In the face of uncertain bodily, technological and food futures, Human Cheese aims to provoke a space for discourse around norms and practices with regards to human exceptionalism, food production, emerging bioavailabilities, and the commodification of bodies.


Making Human Cheese

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Interview with SunNews Canada
In-depth interview on Grist Environmental News
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Posted in Projects

Rare Clone

Rare Clone,
Biological Clone, Start Up Business, Marketing Campaign, 2016-in progress

Rare Clone Catalog

Rare Clone Catalog

Rare Clone Installed

Rare Clone Installed

Seeds germinating in medium gel injected with nutrients

Seeds germinating in medium gel injected with nutrients

Inverted, In-vitro wheatgrass

Inverted, In-vitro wheatgrass

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Manufacture desire.
Inspire care.
Harness the power of capital.

Rare Clone posits that in the age of the anthropocene marketing has become a force more powerful than wind in spreading endangered seed. Germination will drive distribution, will drive profit, will drive germination, will ultimately save this species from extinction. And after a year of caring for their clone, how will its human surrogates take action? Will they become inspired to find, save or create an outdoor habitat to plant the seeds their specimen creates? Or will we finally divorce “nature” from “earth”? Only time will tell. For now we will save the beauty of the wild from the comfort of our homes.

In collaboration with Sebastian Cocioba

Posted in Projects

I Did Not Have to Kill in Order to Survive

I Did Not Have to Kill in Order to Survive

But all of the alternatives carry their own burden of designating who lives and who dies and how.

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Posted in Video