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EnterState: Sensing the Natural World

May 20, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - July 8, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

Curated by Raquel de Anda

EnterState encourages us to sense, connect with, and tune into the natural world.

We face a moment of global urgency. Climate change threatens the very existence of human nature and yet, despite an endless stream of empirical data that confirms this fact, we are paralyzed by a staggering fear of our uncertain future. What we need is to incite the dynamism of our emotional intelligence in ways that draw us into the pulse of our natural world and awaken our spirit. We need to examine the sounds that connect us, the rhythms we share. How are our bodies and minds enmeshed with the patterns of nature? How can we tune in to its’ tempo in order to better understand our impact on the natural world?

The artists in EnterState: Sensing the Natural World explore connectivity, biology, nature, and ecology. Their varied practices emerge from a place of curiosity, experimentation, and whimsy, asking us to enter into a place of wonder in order to sense, touch, and hear the natural world more intimately.

Laure Drogoul’s “Teetering x Tottering (on the brink)” builds an awareness of water as a common resource by inviting viewers to play on a kinetic sculpture—a seesaw filled with lighted water bottles. While playfully balancing on the sculpture, participants activate the exchange of water from one region to another, triggering an audio response of field recordings from fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Rhythmic and sonic, the work positions audience members directly in line with the cycles of the nature.