The Department of Planetary Futures Seed Simulation Laboratory and Mission Nucleus

two images side by side, one is a microscopic closeup of a plant and the other is a hand feeding something into machinery
May 24 - June 11, 2021
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Urban Arts Space (Upper Gallery)

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Add to Calendar 2021-05-24 11:00:00 2021-06-11 16:00:00 The Department of Planetary Futures Seed Simulation Laboratory and Mission Nucleus Urban Arts Space (Upper Gallery) Urban Arts Space America/New_York public

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A series of performances will be held as a part of this exhibition, learn more about them here


The Department of Planetary Futures
Seed Simulation Laboratory and Mission Nucleus

Jacklyn Brickman & Kathryn Nusa Logan

On view at Urban Arts Space

The Seed Simulation Laboratory (SSL) and Mission Nucleus is an interactive art installation, performance set, and viewing room; A speculative entity situated within The Department of Planetary Futures wherein collaborative Principal Investigators, or Co-Pilots, investigate seed pods as tiny survival methodologies through embodied replication.

Humans often imagine themselves as separate from nature, enacting harmful practices of domination as opposed to living in reciprocity with the natural world. How might our relationships with imagined planetary futures be more fruitful if they begin from a process of listening to and drawing from the wisdom of plants? How might humans and nature be better served collectively if humans practice plant-based survival tactics?

Co-Pilots will engage in a series of experiments analyzing seed pod movements and translating them into both planned and improvisational human movements.

What are the human bodily limitations in attempts to practice seed dispersal mechanisms as a human survival tactic? Where might humor and joy be found in the practice of recognizing human limitations in relationship to nature, as opposed to domination?

The Mission Nucleus serves as a Control Room or Viewing Station, where performance and experiment documentation come together in a multichannel video and sound experience. 


Image: Jacklyn Brickman and Kathryn Nusa Logan, The Department of Planetary Futures, “SSL Milkweed Mixer." Photo courtesy of the artists.

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