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TRANSGENESIS by Agnes?

The Orange Garden is pleased to present TRANSGENESIS, a new series of experiments by Agnes?, curated by Arturo Passacantando, Tommaso de Benedictis and Charlie Mills and in partnership with Harlesden High Street and The Muse at 269.

Unfolding in three parts, TRANSGENESIS represents the evolutionary process of perpetual self-transformation which culminates in Agnes?’s long-durational performance: 184 hours of performance over the course of 23 consecutive days, 8 hours each day. Agnes?’s act of bodily defiance is emphasised by Magnus Westwell’s choreography, of which a special programme of dancers will further activate the space on select days, with sound design by Portamento and costumes by Erica Curci.

To visit the choreographed performance, please book through the link below:

Exhibition Opening Times:

30 April - 23 May | 12 - 8 pm

Address:
Underground Flower: Offspace
81 Belsize Park Gardens
NW3 4NJ, London


Performance Schedule:

Friday 30 April | 6 pm - 8 pm
Saturday 1 May | 6 pm - 8 pm
Friday 7 May | 6 pm - 8 pm
Saturday 8 May | 6 pm - 8 pm
Saturday 15 May | 6 pm - 8 pm
Sunday 16 May | 4 pm - 6 pm
Saturday 22 May | 6 pm - 8 pm
Sunday 23 May | 4 pm - 8pm

Human evolution is taking place right before us, only a tentacle length away and undeterred by the sapiens’ claim of dominion over natural selection. The cognitive and technological capacities to overcome humanity are no longer science-fiction tropes, but stark reality. By acknowledging and harnessing the power of our bodies as potential biogenetic systems  for change, we will no longer surrender  to the binary forces that have castigated our society with repressive measures of control and oppression.

TRANSGENESIS, the process of transferring genes from one organism to another, has the potential to change the physical characteristics or traits of an organism. The technology is developing quickly and is expected to become the most significant actor in the future of human speciation. As a species we already cultivate transgenic animals and plants for pharmaceutical applications and human consumption, this exhibition aims to explore the idea of becoming one ourselves. TRANSGENESIS  investigates the possibility of transcending the limitations of our given physiognomy.

In TRANSGENESIS, a metamorphosis is taking place. Agnes? has been conceived deep within Giovanni Vetere. They are a new spieces, a genderless half-human half-cephalopod creature; a multicellular being and symbiotic organism that has the ability to multiply themself. Agnes? is a fluid creature, a liquid entity that takes new forms and shapes, constantly destroying themself to give birth to new life. They are the destruction that leads to construction. They are the necessary death that leads to life in a never ending evolutionary process. Through their embodiment of the octopus they manifest the ultimate sacrifice of motherhood.

Exhibition Images



Underground Flower: Offspace, Reception





Fetal
, 2021



Fetal Gestation Stage I - Larvae, 2021



Fetal Gestation Stage III - Larvae, 2021



Fetal Gestation Stage IV - Embryo, 2021



Fetal Gestation Stage V - Fetus, 2021

Anemone, 2021
Clock wise from left:-
Clione Cthulhu
Ancistrocheirus Lesueurii
Clione Limacina
Flabellina Polaris 
Coryphella Polaris







Anemone, 2021





Octosapiens, 2021


Selected Press
Timeout Article by Chris Waywell
iD article by Will Ballatyne-Reid
Ofluxo feature
Coeval Magazine