Julieta Aranda approaches the production and consumption of art from a position of systemicity, with objects, ideas and their circulation playing a critical role in her practice. Through installation, video, print media, and temporary projects, her solo and collaborative work, including her role as Editor of e-flux and her projects there with Anton Vidokle among others, demonstrate a conceptual preoccupation with the social, economic, and political infrastructures of space and time. Investigating the ways through which public space (physical and virtual), architecture and design are often thought of and employed as a way to control the body individually and collectively, Julieta Aranda seeks alternatives and loopholes within overarching languages of control.

For prologue, the video Swimming in Rivers of Glue, 2016, will be screened at KADIST as  part of the projection and discussion program. The work is composed of multiple vignettes of natural and man-made environments, 3D visualisation, space exploration, and staged interview coupled with a disquieting textual annotation and a bio/techno sound score. The themes explored centre overtly around exploration, colonisation and uncertain futurities – including the fate of the human at an uncertain intersection with the non-human. The video interrogates the systems of future composition which are invariably embedded in the body and in language. As the textual narrator details ‘even a post-planetary condition that claims to be beyond the human, will always be revealed to extract its idealism from actual humans’. Swimming in Rivers of Glue is an indictment of contemporary control mechanisms of space and bodies where, ultimately, the future is situated within and negotiated through the body and its confrontation with space.

Julieta Aranda‘s work has been exhibited internationally, in venues such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); Der Tank, Basel (2016); 56th Biennale Arte, Venice (2015); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015, 2009); Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2015); the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2013, 2010); MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporeana di Roma, Roma (2012); Documenta13 (2012); N.B.K. – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2012); the Gwangju Biennial (2012); the 54th Biennale Arte,Venice (2011); the Istanbul Biennial (2011); Portikus, Frankfurt (2011); New Museum, New York (2010); and the VII Havana Biennial, amongst many others. She is Co-Director and Editor of e-flux.

Image : Julieta Aranda, Stealing one’s own corpse (an alternative set of footholds for an as- cent into the dark) Part 2 – (Swimming in rivers of glue), single channel video, color, sound, 9min 57, 2016/7. Courtesy the artist & KADIST collection.