The Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO) was founded, out of necessity, as an act of resistance. It is an institute of hope and relentless optimism towards a utopian ideal, asking only for a place in this world for organisms of every kingdom, gender, and sexuality. IQECO evolved in the tidepool of fear and urgency that followed the 2016 election. In the past 17 months, the Trump administration has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, restricted the rights of transgender inmates, appointed a climate science denier to the helm of the EPA, quietly removed the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and made countless (relentless) other steps towards the erasure of environmental and LGBTQ+ concerns. The question at hand now is simply: How Do We Survive?
That question is loaded. Many of us are growing numb to the bombardment of slow violence which disproportionately affects groups of people that have historically experienced injustice. This resurgence of biopolitical control, overt racism and (capitalistic) environmental destruction in America angers many of us but is also actively destroying peoples lives. Personal survival is not on all of our individual minds, but Common Survival—for our extended communities—needs to be.
Common Survival manifests as a multiformat publication, contained within an 11 x 17 x 5 inch box. The 33 included projects appear as texts, zines, screen prints, photographs, sculptural objects, poems, video, audio recordings and other hybridized modes of research display. The publication is the result of an international open call and includes contributions from:
Allyson Church + Greta Skagerlind
Amanda Baum & Rose Leahy
Angela Chan / algaela
Les U. Knight
Luis Angel Zepeda
Pinar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Plasticity Gabriele Leo - Grazia Mappa
POSADAS - Pablo Herza, Ignacio Hernández Murillo
Queer EcoJustice Project
Rachel Weaver - Weaver Zines
At the conclusion of the exhibition 'Common Survival' will be available to loan from the Institute of Queer Ecology. Message firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Institute of Queer Ecology 'Common Surivival' Publication housing by Marius Mason. 2018.
Institute of Queer Ecology 'Common Surivival' Publication housing designed by Nicholas Baird. 2018.
Institute of Queer Ecology 'Common Surivival' Publication housing designed by David Kim. 2018.
Institute of Queer Ecology 'Common Surivival' Publication housing designed by Allyson Church and Greta Skagerlind. 2018.
Clockwise from upper left: Algaela 'w the worm' 2017; Edgar Xochitl 'Untitled' 2016; Corinne Teed 'The Entanglement' 2018; Antonia Wright 'Be' 2013; Andil Gosine 'Vihnu' 2017; Michelle T. Site 'Diastema' 2018; Andrea J. Tirrel 'Underground Mutualism' (3) 2017; Lucy Cleek 'Limax Climax' 2015/18; Edgar Xochitl 'Untitled' 2016; Emily Harter 'The Birds and The Birds' 2016.
(screen) Luis Angel Zepeda 'Rapture Dat Ass' Video on SD card. 2018
(screen) Charlie Ehrenfried 'She Screams' Video on blue SD cards (1:58 min) enclosed in custom walnut boxes with brass hinges. 2017
(screen) virtuellestheatre 'The Ultimate Octopus Sapiens Kit for Earthly Survival' Prosthetic octopus arm, waterproof case, media files on SD memory card. 2017-18
(left) Tiger Dingsun 'Blue Marble' Color booklet. 2017. (middle) Tim Mann 'Campaign Sticker' Artist stickers. 2018 (lower right) Micah Schippa 'Disquiet Rainbows & Crystalline Rant Hxving Mixed the Morning Dew with Vodka' Book. 2017
Agustine Zegers 'Untitled' Glass vials, soybean skins, artist’s skin. 2017.
(upper left) Pinar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd 'Indigenous Confluence in the Chthulucene' Plaster, pencil, ink, decolonial dreams. 2017. (upper right) Queer Ecojustice Project 'Queer Ancestral Futures: From Queer Ecologies to Queer Ecojustice: collective liberation for people and the planet' Zine. 2018. (lower left) virtuellestheatre 'The Ultimate Octopus Sapiens Kit for Earthly Survival' Prosthetic octopus arm, waterproof case, media files on SD memory card. 2017-18. (lower right) Posadas 'Amuletos' Polymer clay, spray paint, metal hook. 2018.
(left) Wallis Monday 'N/E/S/W' Booklet of writing. 2018; (right) Jack Schneider 'Symbiotic Activity Sphere' Resin, concrete, Syringa vulgaris, honey bee. 2018.
(upper left) Rachel Weaver 'weaver zines: Pocket Zine Trio: Abysmal Glitters, The Way Trees Hold Each Other, Love You'll Think Weird' 3 pocket zines. 2016-2017. (lower left) Sabeen Chaudhry 'ANOXIC EVENT // "the conditions of falling"' Latex, card, paper, ink. 2018. (middle texts) Haley Bueschlen '3 poems: gay-clypse, sometimes my gender, mgm lion' 2018; Les U. Knight 'Thank you for thinking before breeding' 2017; Emily Jones 'Rivers of Russia' 2018. (upper right) Amanda Baum & Rose Leahy 'Synk: a mushrooming ritual' Resin, roots, earth, paper, beeswax, dried reishi. 2018. (lower right) Molly Adams 'Feminist Bird Club Patch - Spotted Sandpiper' Embroidered thread, pamphlet.
Tiger Dingsun 'Blue Marble' Color booklet. 2017.
Amanda Baum & Rose Leahy 'Synk: a mushrooming ritual' Resin, roots, earth, paper, beeswax, dried reishi. 2018.
Plasticity Studio (Grazia Mappa + Gabriele Leo) 'I :-) feel :-) home :-) every :-) where :-) I’m :-) inside :-) you :-)' Laser etched mirror. 2017.
Estraven Luino Smith 'Hybrid: Latrans x Lupus' Relief prints and sound work on USB. 2018.
(screen) Ryan Hammond 'text for conjuring a hormonal hyperobject' Thumb-drive containing web interface. 2018.