Interconnection: On Bodies of Water
The exhibition called Interconnection: On Bodies of Water is the second output of the long-term project Islands: Possibilities of Togetherness launched in 2019 by Jindřich Chalupecký Society. Involving a number of partner organizations from various countries, the entire project revolves around issues of togetherness and mutual relations and bonds between individuals and collectives on a general level. The Interconnection exhibition held at the Swimming Pool focuses on aspects of coexistence and collectivity that go beyond the human level. The exhibition will thus employ a planetary, interspecies perspective which will interweave the entire Islands project, addressing themes such as sustainability, ecology, utopia vs dystopia, ethics, communication and symbiosis.
The main ideological foundation of the exhibition is constituted by ecofeminism and the ideas of hydrofeminism as currently elaborated by Astrida Neimanis, Australian theorist and researcher at Sydney Environment Institute, and author of the book Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (2017). Water, the basis of life, constitutes over 80% of the human body; the percentage being even higher in a number of animal and plant species. Water interconnects us with all organic and inorganic matter on this planet in constant circulation during which it goes in and out, blurring boundaries. As if each living creature, each cell was an island in an endless sea which inevitably links us all. The exhibition will thus focus on the motif of water as a condition for life, the motif of circulation and merging of life forms, the search for a non-human perspective which perceives the human as a part rather than the highest life form within our ecosystem.