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Alter Nature: We Can

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Alter Nature: We Can
21.11.2010 to 13.03.2011

Alter Nature: We Can shows the work of 20 international contemporary artists and designers. The exhibition focuses on the different ways in which people have displaced, manipulated or designed nature: from small gardens to private islands, from carrots and bonsai trees to acoustic plants and orange pheasants.

In  Alter Nature: We Can, Z33 looks at the sub-aspect of fauna and flora in nature. Through the works of some twenty international artists we explore how humankind manipulates nature and how the concept of ‘nature’ constantly changes as a result of this.

The works are not about using nature to meet basic needs (such as health, food, protection, etc.). Interesting projects in this context are legion, but  grouped together they almost inevitably lead to simplified contradictions. On the one hand, one has  projects that  look ‘positively’ upon  transforming nature: they find out what technology can do or they show solutions. These projects are often criticised because they seem to subscribe seamlessly to the scientific belief in  progress. On the other hand, some projects show the negative side; they look at interventions in nature that have gone  wrong. These projects are criticesed to bethe autonomous art corner’s wagging finger. They criticise but do not  offer any solutions.

Alter Nature: We Can wants to go beyond this simplified pro-contra positioning. The works on display are therefore devoid of strict utilitarianism and the emphasis is on the historic context of intervention, the multiplicity of manipulations and  our fluctuating  understanding of the concept of nature.

Alter Nature: We Can is part of Alter Nature, an overarching project by Z33, the Hasselt Fashion Museum and CIAP in collaboration with the MAD faculty, the University of Hasselt, the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), KULeuven University and bioSCENTer.

Curator:
Karen Verschooren (Z33)

Artists:
Makoto Azuma (JP)
BCL: Shiho Fukuhara (JP) and Georg Tremmel (AT)
David Benqué (UK)
Julien Berthier (FR)
Merijn Bolink (NL)
Center for PostNatural History
Mark Dion (US)
Driessens & Verstappen (NL)
Daisy Ginsberg (UK)
Tue Greenfort (DK)
Natalie Jeremijenko (US)
Eduardo Kac (US)
James King (UK)
Allison Kudla (US)
Reinier Lagendijk (NL)
Antti Laitinen (FIN)
Hans Op de Beeck (B)
Michael Sailstorfer (D)
Maarten Vanden Eynde (B)
Adrian Woods (NL)
Adam Zaretsky (US)

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Alter Nature: We Can is supported by Provincie Limburg, Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Hasselt, Mondriaan Stichting, Groep C, Levis, Canon Cultuurcel


 
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Alter Nature
Four exhibitions, a symposium and more
On how we can and do change nature, and how this changes our view of the world.

In Alter Nature the focus is on changing nature. That humankind has an impact on nature is beyond question: we have been consciously changing nature since the beginning of time. This can range from the displacement and demarcation of nature to the setup of selective cultivation programmes; from animal species being bred into the perfect specimens and plant types that are grown to be more productive, to roses and carnations produced in all colours of the rainbow.
Over the last decade, developments in bioscience and technology have given this evolution new momentum. Conjuring genetic material out of nothing, or growing human skin in a laboratory; it may sound like futuristic science fiction, but this is reality.

People have altered nature to fulfil all sorts of needs: nutrition, health and protection, but also aesthetics, experiment, success, myth or just pure curiosity. Whatever the reason or form may be, this interference in nature has not only fundamentally shaken our views on and the functioning of our society. Rather, the term ‘nature’ itself is being continually challenged.

What’s more, these developments have inspired not just scientists, but also artists, fashion and other designers. For this reason, Z33, the Fashion Museum, CIAP, the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology, the University of Hasselt and the MAD faculty have joined forces to present four different exhibitions and a symposium. 50 artists and designers explore how we can and do change nature, and how this changes our view of the world.

Between 21 November 2010 and 13 March 2011 you can visit Alter Nature: We Can in Z33 and Alter Nature: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger in CIAP. From 28-January 2011 another two locations will join Alter Nature: the Hasselt Fashion Museum will be showing Alter Nature: The Future That Never Was, and in the High Spaces of Z33 Tuur Van Balen and Revital Cohen will display their work in Alter Nature: The Unnatural Animal.

As part of the Social Spaces initiative, students from the MAD faculty, too, are dedicating a semester to these themes under the title Alter Nature: My biological (r)evolution. The results will be on show in Z33 between 28 and 30 January 2011. And finally, on 18 February 2011 various scientists, artists, policy advisers and businesspeople will come together to tackle a range of topics in an Alter Nature symposium.

You can also find Alter Nature programmes both in ZEBRA DELUXE and the A-Z lectures;

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 Alter Nature: We can
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 01 (2007)
Johann König - Wardian Case (Alustar-Sonatural), 2007 - 2011
James King - Cellularity 01 (2010)
Adam Zaretsky – the Transgenic Orange Pheasant project 04 (2008)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 01 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 02 (Bio Kit) (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers, Flower Commons (2009)
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Adrian Woods - Ornamism
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 01 (2009)
Reinier Lagendijk - zonder titel, 2009
Antti Laitinen – It’s my Island 07 (2007)
Michael Sailstorfer – Raketenbaum 06 (2008)
Merijn Bolink - ‘Nature Sucks’ 04 (2006)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 10 (2003)
Makoto Azuma - Shiki1 06 (2010)
David Benqué – Singing Flower (2010)
Natalie Jeremijenko - Tree Logic, 1999 (video, 2010)
Natalie Jeremijenko - Tree Balance (2005), reproductie (2010)
Daisy Ginsberg - The Synthetic Kingdom: A Proposal for a New Branch of the Tree of Life 01 (2009)
Mark Dion, Mobile Wilderness Unit - Wolf (2006)
Maarten Vanden Eynde - Zoology of Genetology
Richard Pell - The Center for PostNatural History
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 02 (2009)
Allison Kudla Growth Pattern 13 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 03 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 04 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 05 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 06 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 07 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 08 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 09 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 10 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 11 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 12 (2009)
Tue Greenfort - Wardian Case 01 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 02 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 03 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 04 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 05 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 06 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 07 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 08 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 09 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - WardianCase 10 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Reinier Lagendijk - Zonder Titel (2009)
Reinier Lagendijk - Zonder Titel 02 (2009)
Natalie Jeremijenko - Tree Balance (2005)
Natalie Jeremijenko - Tree Balance 02 (2005)
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 04 (2007)
Natalie Jeremijenko - Tree Balance 04 (2005)
Natalie Jeremijenko - Tree Balance 05 (2005)
Michael Sailstorfer - Raketenbaum 01 (2008)
Michael Sailstorfer - Raketenbaum 02 (2008)
Michael Sailstorfer - Raketenbaum 03 (2008)
Michael Sailstorfer - Raketenbaum 04 (2008)
Michael Sailstorfer - Raketenbaum 05 (2008)
Merijn Bolink - Nature Sucks 01 (2006)
Merijn Bolink - Nature Sucks 02 (2006)
Merijn Bolink - Nature Sucks 03 (2006)
Mark Dion - Mobile Wilderness Unit - Wolf 01 (2006)
Mark Dion - Mobile Wilderness Unit - Wolf 02 (2006)
Mark Dion - Mobile Wilderness Unit - Wolf detail 01 (2006)
Mark Dion - Mobile Wilderness Unit -Wolf detail 02 (2006)
Makoto Azuma - Shiki1 01 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Shiki1 detail (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Shiki1 02 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Shiki1 03 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Shiki1 04 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Shiki1 05 (2010)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 01 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 02 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 03 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 04 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 05 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 06 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 07 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 08 (2003)
Hans Op de Beeck - Secret Garden 09 (2003)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque#9 01 (1997)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque#9 02 (1997)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque#9 03 (1997)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque#9 04 (1997)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque#9 05 (1997)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque#9 06 (1997)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine & Shik1 01 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine & Shik1 02 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine & Shik1 03 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine & Shik1 04 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine & Shik1 05 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine & Shik1 06 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine & Shik1 07 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine detail 01 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine detail 02 (2010)
Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine - Commission Z33 (2010)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque #9 &TreeBalance 01 (1997)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque #9 &TreeBalance 02 (1997)
Driessens & Verstappen - Morphotheque #9 &TreeBalance 03 (1997)
Adam Zaretsky - Ancestor Rape 01
Adam Zaretsky - Ancestor Rape 02
Adam Zaretsky - Gene Gun 01
Adam Zaretsky - Gene Gun 02
Adam Zaretsky - Orange pheasant project 01 (2008)
Adam Zaretsky - Orange pheasant project 02 (2008)
Adam Zaretsky - Orange pheasant project 03 (2008)
Antti Laitinen - It’s My Island 01 (2007)
Antti Laitinen - It’s My Island 02 (2007)
Antti Laitinen - It’s My Island 03 (2007)
Antti Laitinen - It’s My Island 04 (2009)
Antti Laitinen - It’s My Island 05 (2007)
Antti Laitinen - It’s My Island 06 (2007)
 BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 01 (2009)
 BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 02 (2009)
 BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 03 (2009)
 BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 04 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 05 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 06 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 07 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 08 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 09 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 10 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 11 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 12 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 13 (2009)
BLC (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) , Common Flowers - Flower Commons 14 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 15 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 16 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 17 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 18 (2009)
Center for Postnatural History - Specimen collection 01
Center for Postnatural History - Specimen collection 02
Center for Postnatural History - Specimen collection 03
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 01 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 02 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 03 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 04 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 05 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 06 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 07 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 08 (2010)
David Benqué - Acoustic Botany 09 (2010)
Tue Greenfort - Wardian Case 01 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - Wardian Case 02 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Tue Greenfort - Wardian Case 03 (Alustar-Sonatural) (2007-2011)
Zap-lab 01
Zap-lab 02
James King - Cellularity 02 (2010)
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Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 02 (2007)
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 03 (2007)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 14 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 15 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 16 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 17 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 18 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 19 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 20 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 21 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 22 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 23 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 24 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 25 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 26 (2009)
Allison Kudla - Growth Pattern 27 (2009)
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) - Common Flowers - Flower Commons 19 (2009)
Daisy Ginsberg - The Synthetic Kingdom: A Proposal for a New Branch of the Tree of Life 02 (2009)
Daisy Ginsberg - The Synthetic Kingdom: A Proposal for a New Branch of the Tree of Life 03 (2009)
Daisy Ginsberg - The Synthetic Kingdom: A Proposal for a New Branch of the Tree of Life 04 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 04 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 05 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 06 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 07 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 08 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 10 (2009)
Eduardo Kac - Cypher 03 (2009)
James King - Cellularity 03 (2010)
James King - Cellularity 04 (2010)
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 08 (2007)
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 05 (2007)
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 06 (2007)
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 10 (2007)
Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 09 (2007)
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Julien Berthier - Le Paradoxe de Robinson 12 (2007)
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