Check out this new film from The Institute of Queer Ecology @queerecology that proposes a 𝘔𝘌𝘛𝘈𝘔𝘖𝘙𝘗𝘏𝘖𝘚𝘐𝘚. In their new series on dis.art, @dis the lifecycle of holometabolous insects—bugs who undergo a “complete metamorphosis”—is proposed as a revolutionary paradigm for transforming ecology and capitalism. Queerness serves as a type of ecological visioning, a way of proposing an alternative, utopic world. Each video—featuring narration from Mykki Blanco and Deli Girls’ Danny Orlowski—is a mini-manifesto, proposing new ways of becoming strange, becoming less human, to create a multispecies world in which we all might survive and thrive. - @dis @queerecology @mykkiblanco @shitney_queers
Located 1,300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed storage facility—housing nearly more than 1 million seeds, endorsed by 100+ countries—that acts as a food bank for crops that are dying out due to intensive agriculture and unpredictable weather patterns. The initiative of the “Doomsday” vault was to act as a backup for crop species. But it may become useful sooner than we think. In fact, it wasn’t a natural disaster that caused scientists to make the first significant withdrawal from the vault. Rather, it was the most preventable of manmade disasters: war. In 2015, the conflict in Syria left scientists at an important gene bank in Aleppo—where new strains of drought- and heat-resistant wheat had been developed over time—unable to continue their work and with no choice but to look to the vault. After retrieving their samples, they planted the safeguarded seeds at new facilities in Lebanon and Morocco, allowing scientists to resume the important research they’d been doing for decades, away from the bombs of Aleppo. - @atmos Photographs by @gregwhitephotography Interview by @jaomahony
In an opinion piece, staff writer Matthew Fleischer @latimes explains how even though most Angelenos don’t think about it as we spew carbon monoxide across the city on our way from Point A to Point B, but our toxic exhaust fumes feed into a pot of racism that’s been stewing for nearly a century. And to understand exactly how that works, you need the context surrounding what things were like before freeways came to dominate L.A.’s landscape. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Neither the Klan nor legally dubious covenants nor flagrantly unconstitutional land grabs were arguably as effective as the automobile and its attendant infrastructure at turning #LosAngeles into an intentionally segregated city, writes Fleischer. ⠀- @latimes
Morel Doucet, @moreldoucet born in Haiti and based in Miami, works with ceramics, illustrations, and prints to discuss climate-gentrification, migration and displacement in Black diasporic communities. His prints powerfully engage the viewer to consider the beauty of Blackness. Pictured here are selections from several series, “Water grieves in the six shades of death, “Skins”, and “White Noise”. @miamimocaad
Our friends at @queerecology have a beautiful new film Diapause (2020) by Deirdre Keough premiering @icamiami With Diapause, the Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO) punctuates an eerily familiar landscape of deserted office spaces with moments of touch, apparitions of moths, and other coded references. The work, authored by Deirdre Keough for IQECO, takes its title from a biological phenomenon describing a temporary pause in the development of an organism, due to adverse environmental factors. What forms can queer and trans people inhabit as they navigate everyday crises while remaining critical of visibility as a liberating concept? Throughout the work, irradiant renderings of peppered moths gather in swarms, as Keough invokes the strategy of “passing” through the figure of an organism whose recent evolutionary history is a direct result of industrial pollution; Darker morphs of the species survived in larger numbers by blending in with soot-covered trees. The idea of diapause as a contemporary condition takes on new meaning with the world cocooned at home, waiting to emerge into a new form that our actions now will shape. As COVID-19 and climate change reveal the structural inadequacies and systemic biases of our public support systems, Keough speculates that this breakdown can be a generative place and brings the idea of transformational change back to the body. They call for us to not piece ourselves back together too quickly only to find we have rebuilt what we wanted to stay broken. Diapause is a work by Deirdre Keough produced by Lee Pivnik for the Institute of Queer Ecology, scored by Kara Holder and Ilya K with 3D animation by Sam Balfus and Deirdre Keough. Diapause was commissioned by ICA Miami as part of the museum’s Digital Commissions series.
Musicians from a string quartet perform Puccini for an audience made up of 2,292 plants on the first day after the State of Alarm in Barcelona, Spain. The plants were then delivered to healthcare professionals. @the.independent Photos by Jordi Vidal / Getty and Nacho Doce / Reuters
Whether you’re reflecting on the meaning of #Juneteenth and educating yourself on the history of systemic racism, or taking action online or in the streets today, we all have a responsibility to speak up for and honor Black lives. #SixNineteen #defendblacklives “Radiating My Sovereignty”, 84”x72”, acrylic on canvas by @calidagarciarawles
Amazing footage of the Green turtle migration captured by christian_miller_photo near Raine Island, Australia home of the largest remaining green turtle breeding ground in the world. #WorldSeaTurtleDay!