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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What is Known Is Not Necessarily A Fact

What is Known Is Not Necessarily A Fact
From the work Agalinis Dreams, 2014.
Inkjet print on metallic paper, 50 x 28 cm each image
(A series of 8 pairs of images)

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An exploration of the interwoven relationship of species loss, cultural change,
bio-political structures and notions of progress through the story of the
attempted revival of the Agalins Acuta from the brink of extinction.

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GHOSTFOOD in Art F City

Review by Michael Anthony Farley in Art F City

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Siphonal 9604Z

Siphonal 9604Z, 2015
Shell, sound, laquer, electronics, silver
Interactive sound sculpture – place shell to ear to hear sound
(concept, sculpture and sound in collaboration with Nanu Al-Hamad)

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”
– E.E. Cummings 1958

The acoustic phenomenon produced by the siphonal canal has been molded by its
environment over hundreds of millions of years. Over the last century aural
bi-products of our machines have come to be as ubiquitous, regular, and even as
calming as the waves of the sea. Siphonal N9604Z begins with the exoskeleton
of an ancient species and rapidly evolves it: as if passing it through a
worm-hole sound barrier, the bioaccumulation of machine-made noise is suddenly
materialized into an unexpected life form.

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Beings As Sculptural Forms Permanently…

Beings As Sculptural Forms Permanently Under Construction
Work in progress
3D scans of bones, digital wormhole, 3D printed resin, resin, flesh

 

                                   

                                   

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Miriam Simun – Work Samples

(1)
DOSD (Direct Olfactory Stimulation Device), 2013
3D printed nylon, copper, plastic

A wearable sculpture, a biomimetic form inspired by insect antennae used to
sense the world through scent, designed to adapt human physiology to extend
the human senses, endowing the ability to experience extinct flavors via a
scent delivery mechanism.

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(2)
GHOSTFOOD, 2013
Food truck, branding, custom scents, food, performers, audience

A participatory performance served out of a food cart, GHOSTFOOD explores
eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. “Taste
experiences” of “post-extinction flavors” (foods threatened by climate change)
are served to the public. Flavor simulations are delivered via scent-food
pairings: chemically synthesized scents of threatened foods are paired with
“edible textural substitutes” made from climate change resilient foodstuffs,
to provide the flavor illusions of foods that may soon no longer be available.
GhostFood Servers engage the public through a specially crafted dialogical
method, guiding visitors through this pre-nostalgic experience, and engaging
in questions of progress.

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(3)
GHOSTFOOD, presented in NYC, Philadelphia, Newark as part of Marfa Dialogues/NY 2013

(4)
What is Known is Not Necessarily a Fact
Inkjet print on metallic paper, 10 x 7cm
From the series Agalinis Dreams, 2014.

The Agalinis Acuta is the only federally protected endangered plant species in
New York state. It is a weed, or a small pink flower the blooms just one day a
year. It is so small that it does not release enough volatile chemicals for
it’s scent to be perceived by humans. I captured the scent of the Agalnis
Acuta and recreated it for human perception.

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(5)
The Farewell to All that One has Used, Broken, Lost Must be Ennobled by Ceremony
Inkjet print on metallic paper, 30 x 21cm
From the series Agalinis Dreams, 2014

(6)
Left: Today is Not Yesterday
Bespoke scent, glass, rubber
Right: Agalinis Dreams
Sensorial experience
From the series Agalinis Dreams, 2014

A ritual remembering of the Agalinis Acuta, a sensory experience making use of scent, alcohol, dosdii facial prosthetic, poetry of ecological history

The custom-created scent Today is Not Yesterday recreates the scent of the Agalinis Acuta captured via headspace, omiiting one green note – this green note is added to the ceremonial cocktail. The full flavor is only available for a fleeting moment, where scent and taste combine.

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(7)
From the series Agalinis Dreams, 2014.
Inkjet print on metallic paper, 100 x 56 cm each image
(1 pair of a series of 8 pairs of images)

An exploration of the interwoven relationship of species loss, cultural change,
bio-political structures and notions of progress through the story of the
attempted revival of the Agalins Acuta from the brink of extinction.

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(8)
Siphonal 9604Z, 2015
Shell, sound, laquer, electronics, silver
Interactive sound sculpture – place shell to ear to hear sound
(concept, sculpture and sound in collaboration with Nanu Al-Hamad)

The acoustic phenomenon produced by the siphonal canal has been molded by its
environment over hundreds of millions of years. Over the last century aural
bi-products of our machines have come to be as ubiquitous, regular, and even as
calming as the waves of the sea. Siphonal N9604Z begins with the exoskeleton
of an ancient species and rapidly evolves it: as if passing it through a
worm-hole sound barrier, the bioaccumulation of machine-made noise is suddenly
materialized into an unexpected life form.

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”
– E.E. Cummings 1958

(9)
Crude Experiments in Engineering, 2013
Mixed media on paper, 6 x 8 in each

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(10)
Beings As Sculptural Forms Permanently Under Construction, 2015
3D scans of bones, digital wormhole, 3D printed resin, flesh, resin

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SELL OUT

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 3.10.20 PM

Doing business as art.
Making culture while making money.
Critiques, products and economies of scale.

Research Investigation at NEW INC

With
Julia Kaganskiy, Director of New Inc
and Regina Vetka, Intern

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GhostFood in Baltimore Oct-Nov 2015

The Contemporary is pleased to announce GhostFood, its upcoming project in collaboration with the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. GhostFood, developed by New York-based artist Miriam Simun, is a performance served out of a mobile food cart that examines biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. GhostFood servers guide the public through a pre-nostalgic experience that engages dialogue, considers environmental change and human innovation, and enhances food science understanding. Using technology, memory, and olfactory stimulation, GhostFood serves flavor illusions of foods that are threatened with extinction due to climate change. This iteration of GhostFood is organized by The Contemporary in collaboration with eighteen students in the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University enrolled in ‘GhostFood: Curatorial Practicum with The Contemporary,’ which runs Fall 2015. The cart will travel in Baltimore throughout October-November 2015, with select site engagements highlighted below.

 

GHOSTFOOD | FALL 2015

—will travel in Baltimore City throughout October-November 2015, with select site engagements highlighted below. All activities are free and open to the public.

JHU HOMEWOOD | 10/5 | 6pm-8pm
—located directly on the Freshman Quad.

PENN STATION | 10/15 | 6pm-9pm
—in conjunction with ongoing activity at Penn Station Plaza, hosted by Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc.

JHU HOMEWOOD | 10/20 | 12pm-3pm
—located directly on the Beach.

HAMPDEN MARKET | 10/24 | 10am-1pm
—in conjunction with the Hampden Farmer’s Market, located on the corner of 36th Street and Elm Avenue.

JHU HOMEWOOD | 11/2 | 6pm-9pm
with panel discussion: 7pm-8:30pm

—in conjunction with a panel discussion featuring artist Miriam Simun, anthropologist and educator Anand Pandian, moderated by Adam Sheingate who is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at JHU. The event is free and will be held at JHU’s Homewood Campus in Mergenthaler, Room 111, from 7pm-8:30pm.

LEXINGTON MARKET | 11/4 | 5pm-9pm
—in conjunction with Light Up Lexington, a series of quarterly events hosted by Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc.

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Work in Albuquerque at 516 Arts

DOSD is featured in the show Knew Normal at 516 ARTS

GHOSTFOOD was featured during the 516 Block Party

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Princeton Arts Fellowship

Work samples for Princeton Arts Fellowship

Human Cheese series (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 (still, single channel video with audio, 4:10)
video available here

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Making Human Cheese (still, single channel video with audio, 4:10)
video available here

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Human Cheese (Archive digital print, variable)

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Human Cheese Lifecycle Platter, 12″x12″, laser etched wood, metal fixings

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Human Farming, Digital print, sizes variable

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What’s Next? Audience responses

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Survival Trilogy series (2015-ongoing)

An exploration of life and death, destruction and sustenance, labor and pleasure, and the inherent contradiction and impermanence of things. Adopting the role of the fieldworker/participant, I am investigating the interrelated survival of humans, non-humans and techno-eco-systems through (ACT I) learning to hunt (and eat) in the desert of the American Southwest, (ACT II) joining a commercial fishing trawler in the Arctic, and (ACT III) joining the crews of human hand-pollinators in the Orchards of Sichuan, China and drone-bee-engineers at Harvard, USA. Linking the narratives are key questions: What are the truths of living and dying in a world of interdependent species? How does scale, technological systems, climate change and extraction economies affect the balance of lives? Where do our myths of creatures and landscapes and our regulating ideological structures fit in?

Synopsis, single channel video with sound, 2:31

Meat, archival pigment print, variable

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Corpse, archival pigment print, variable

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Spine Parts 1 (Beings as sculptural forms permanently under construction) , plastic, 8″ x 3″

Spine Parts 2 (Beings as sculptural forms permanently under construction) , plastic, 1″ x 2.5″ each

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Fleshy Pixel, resin and flesh, 3″ x 1″ x 1″

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DOSD (Direct Olfactory Stimulation Device), 2013, plastic, copper, 8″ x 1.5″ x 4″

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GhostFood, 2013

GhostFood explores eating in a future of and 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.

Video documentation available here

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Agalinis Dreams, 2014

A multi-sensory immersive experience: video / performance / cocktail / and the-never-before-experienced-scent of the Agalinis Acuta, the only federally protected endangered plant species in New York State.

Participate in a ritual of remembering this tiny, beautiful and elusive species whose flowers bloom only one day a year. The ritual performance takes place within a 3-channel video installation and series of live ritual performance elements that explore the interwoven relationship of species loss, cultural change, bio-political structures and notions of progress through the story of the attempted revival of the Agalins Acuta from the brink of extinction.

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 human perception.  Don the dosdii and imbibe in the specially-crafted ceremonial libation.

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