Creative Science

Inherit, Yield, Regenerate

June 5-20, 2024
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am ─ 7pm
4th Floor, WSA 161 Water Street New York, NY 10038

This exhibition convenes the work of seven artists and collectives who have been in community with one another for the past nine months as residents in NEW INC’s Creative Science track.

Chando Ao, Craftwork, MORAKANA, OUTOFSEAM, Martha Poggioli, Tao Leigh Goffe, and IzNettere utilize natural and synthetic fibers, fungi, plant matter, malleable surgical grade plastics, electromagnetic waves, and various states of material transformation. The exhibited experimental works actualize and propose a surpassing of scientific boundaries through vibrant, evolutionary forms of mutation, superpowers, and magical knowledge passed between ancestral generations.

Ao’s foot becomes a vessel for flowering life, while our hands become ultrahydrophobic like lotus leaves with the application of his engineered particles, suggesting a medium that might make us amphibious again. OUTOFSEAM’s plant dyed fabrics carry their origins in family and colonial histories. Goffe’s fermentation and pickling processes join global diasporic traditions and anti-imperialist struggles at a singular banquet. Nettere bridges biological, chemical, photochemical, and digital processes to fix the fugitive nature of non-fruiting mycelium.

MORAKANA imagines an organism’s future phylogenetic adaptation to the electromagnetic spectrum to find nourishment in persistent and ever-present 5G wifi waves, which may exist long after human life on earth. Poggioli transfigures surgical grade plastics into messy, organic compositions inspired by biomorphic shapes encountered during medical procedures. Craftwork absorbs and illuminates the viewer’s voice within a tapestry of encoded histories inspired by Incan Quipu and Underground Railroad quilt ciphers.

The qualities and concerns shared and divergent between the Creative Science track members who are assembled as ever by chance, speak to transformational and chemical reactions of making and regeneration.

Curated by Celine Wong Katzman. Produced by Cody Moy.

About the Track:

Our NEW INC member cohort consists of 5 unique Tracks or focus areas guided by a Mentor-in-Residence: Art & Code, Cooperative Studies, Creative Science, Social Architecture, and XR (Extended Realities). Annually, our members are invited to contribute to a group showcase demonstrating the Track’s guiding questions. These exhibitions are curated and produced by invited guests.

Creative Science supports artists and creative practitioners employing modes of scientific inquiry to advance storytelling. The members of this track are revealing and complicating the world around us to show how science shows up in our day-to-day lives.

Featuring Work From:

Chando Ao
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Craftwork
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Tajah Ellis
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