In conjunction with the exhibition of Common Survival, The Institute of Queer Ecology produced an unarchival print entitled to plant an anxious garden of big dreams.
The print, which is laser-printed onto seed paper, is a digital collage, with the base picture appropriated from the cover of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program in November 2018. Overlaid onto it is a vector drawing based on a swarm of butterflies from Princess Mononoke (1997). Splicing together these images from very different sources, IQECO examines how “nature imagery” is deployed to elicit emotional response, and they play the images against each other here to create a new image that prioritizes silence and stillness, making space for contemplation. The print is unarchival, and should be planted under about an inch of soil and kept moist during germination. The seed paper it is printed on contains Bird’s Eye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Alyssum, English Daisy, Catchfly and Snapdragon seeds.
By receiving this art object, you are entering into a contract with it to provide for a small plot of flowers, maintaining the health of the plants, pollinators, yourself and others.
The Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO) is a collaborative organism looking to find and create alternatives. Its aim is to nurture a new environmental paradigm based on the concepts of interconnectivity and inseparability. The solutions to environmental degradation are found on the periphery and IQECO seeks to bring them to the forefront of public consciousness. Guided by queer and feminist theory and decolonial thinking, IQECO works to undo dangerously destructive human-centric hierarchies—or even flip them—to look at the critical importance of things happening invisibly; underground and out of sight. IQECO seeks to democratize the production and reception of artistic research so that marginalized voices are given the space to tell their own stories, and audiences that have been historically excluded from institutions are invited into this one. IQECO passes as an Institute as a means of infiltration: mimicking the academic model to support subversive ideas. IQECO’s mission is to create an expanded understanding of Queer Community that includes nonhuman kin and prioritizes anyone subjugated, regardless of race, class, nationality, ability, income level, sexuality, gender or species. Its programming is interdisciplinary and revolves around migratory exhibitions, workshops + lectures and publications (online and IRL). https://queerecology.org