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Friday, March 27 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Art Exhibit: Old Graduate Sculpture Studio

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This exhibit is open 6:00-9:00 pm, March 22-29. 

Fecundity
Bob Vanderbob

Fecundity: 1. the ability to cause or assist healthy growth; 2. the ability to produce offspring; 3. the creative power of the mind or imagination

Will the fecundity of our minds come to the rescue of biological fecundity? Will we collapse and go extinct, or adapt, survive and thrive? It is a delicate balance.

On one hand, the natural systems that sustain human activity are stretched to their limit. Biodiversity is dwindling. We humans are increasingly prey to fertility problems, due to the accumulation of pollution in our bodies. On the other, our understanding of biosystems is exploding. We are decoding nature’s fundamental processes at an accelerating pace with the help of the exponential rise in computing power. 

Whereas our ancestors conjured up potent fertility deities associated with pregnancy, birth, life, rainfall, harvest, love, sex and beauty, the dry and abstract vocabulary we use today in relation to fecundity is not exactly rousing: 'the environment', 'sustainability', 'biodiversity'...

With this installation, Bobvan proposes a mythological, poetic experience, a revitalization of the age-old archetype encompassing the nested metaphorical meanings of the notion of fecundity to include the agility of the mind and the potential of the imagination. 

The installation is inspired by a Neolithic fecundity figure found in Harappa, in the Indus Valley.

A 3D-printed female figure in unsmoothed low-poly, a metaphor for the human species as an ongoing work in progress, is balanced on her head. She becomes a screen onto which are projected images of life, energy, water, bacteria, sperm and ovules, electronic patterns, genetic and binary code. The modern-day 'power' icon is projected onto her skull, reminiscent of Neolithic representations of the vulva, a universal fecundity symbol. In stark contrast, images of desert landscapes in video negative and of Venus, Earth's barren sister planet, are projected onto the back wall. The whole installation is enshrined in a large mirror box, evoking the ongoingness of the universe-as-process by reflecting the fecundity figure ad infinitum in all directions. 

Fecundity is part of Bobvan's Artificial Mythology project; it is presented at Balance-Unbalance as a world premiere. 

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Speakers
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Matt Garcia

Matt Garcia is an interdisciplinary artist maintaining a socially engaged practice exploring the intersection of technology and society. Much of Garcia's work investigates the subjectivity of dry land ecology, place and visual culture. In 2009, Garcia founded DesertArtLAB, a social art initiative engaging systems of community and ecology in US desert regions. DesertArtLAb projects have been exhibited, screened and presented nationally and... Read More →

Artists
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Bob Vanderbob

Bob Vanderbob, a.k.a. Bobvan, is an artist and composer based in Brussels (Belgium). He explores the interaction between art, mythology, science, and science-fiction to convey his poetic vision of the techno-human condition. He calls his project Artificial Mythology, a matrix of mythological modules, a modern myth-scape for the current context of technological acceleration.
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Desert ArtLAB

Desert ArtLAB is an interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to a public art practice exploring connections between ecology, technology, and community. Through multimedia performance, food practice, and visual and social art, desert ArtLAB seeks to inform a discourse of desert urban landscapes, while challenging residents to consider how native ecology can inform identity, equality and resilience in our desert culture and... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Old Graduate Sculpture Studio 900 S. Forest Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

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