Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport at Kunstraum

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Artists: Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport

Exhibition title: New Pabulum

Curated by: Juste Kostikovaite

Venue:  Kunstraum, London, UK

Date:  September 6 – October 10, 2015

Photography: Oskar Proctor, images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Kunstraum, London

TO DO LIST:

Establish “Wet Nurse Café”
Re-domesticate quinoa grains in the Andes
Pull out the overgrown pine trees in the dead dunes
Sell a car
Detest old clothes
Read about the marathons
Play with a dog’s hair
See a child die

Bruno Latour proposed we ‘regroup the contemporary elements along a spiral rather than a line. We do have a future and a past, but the future takes the form of a circle expanding in all directions, and the past is not surpassed but revisited, repeated, surrounded, protected, recombined, reinterpreted and reshuffed…’. Outside a duality of present and past, action and object have a polytemporal relationship. As the industrial production of food and of heritage combine – high tech production alongside traditional techniques – then what else could be possible. Can we take a lesson on human nourishment from the proposition of a “Wet Nurse Café” – a site for breast feeding of children by strangers. Exchanging the cow’s body with a human’s body to produce a new pabulum, a polytemporal communal experience, a nexus of milk, a charity of life.

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Simon Davenport, tablet i, 2015

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Simon Davenport, tablet ii, 2015

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Simon Davenport, tablet iii, 2015

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Aline Bouvy, Radical Passivity, 2015

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Aline Bouvy, Radical Passivity, 2015 (detail)

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Simon Davenport, Unlimited Semiosis, 2015

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