Organized by Elæ Moss and Jeff Kasper
New York, USA
March 27, 2021 – May 1, 2021
EFA Project Space presented [Move Semantics]: Rules of Unfolding, organized by Elæ Moss and Jeff Kasper, with work by Arakawa + Gins / Reversible Destiny Foundation, Martin Byrne, Sky Cubacub / Rebirth Garments, Scarlet Dame, Kelly Fritsch & Aimi Hamraie / Crip Technoscience Manifesto, Shaina Garfield, Mafe Izaguirre, New York Mycological Society, Alán Peláez López, Constanza Piña, Quimera Rosa, and Sunaura Taylor.
[Move Semantics]: Rules of Unfolding troubles the speculative potentialities of organisms and intelligences across systems—seeking out and proposing strategic futures while reflexively considering the formation of the site of this inquiry itself. The exhibition reimagines EFA Project Space as a laboratory, troubling these conceptual possibilities as a shared frame for translating and forecasting the intersecting roles of biome, body, built environment, media, and machine. These themes extend into the gallery experience as well as into virtual events taking place online assembled as the Move Semantics Lab.
Taking its name from a feature in programming language that allows you to create an efficient workaround to counter the detritus of “temporary objects,” (here, redundant code), the exhibition turns a critical eye on the invented, temporary semantic objects of human experience, proposing a breakdown of the structures both material and ontological that prevent the collective building of reparative, just, biophilic futures.
In keeping with EFA’s 2021 season, and reflecting on Project Space’s history of process-based exhibition-making, led by artists [MS]:RU asks: “what are the BRIGHT FUTURES for the intersectional body?” Furthermore, how must our practices, our institutions, our networks, our spaces, and our infrastructures radically change in order to survive, live together, communicate,
and plant (or provide) the seeds to ensure a future beyond the Capitalocene?
As a key feature of the exhibition, the Move Semantics Lab bridges physical and virtual space, with a core intention of re-imagining curatorial, institutional, and archival possibilities for public activation and futurecasting. [MS]:RU will continue to evolve in virtual space over the course of the exhibition and beyond. Here, the curators offer further reconsideration and re/presentation of the Lab’s strategies in the framework of the public health crisis transforming our landscape, speculating on the adaptive evolution offered to culture work by this profound moment. A Screening Room (also presented online) rounds out the lab’s offerings, with video content from exhibition participants running in a durational program throughout the exhibit.