The Politics of Photosynthesis exhibit is a visual odyssey that intends on embellishing the weaving of streams of light particles by plants into food into a metaphor of how we in turn weave meaning from the stream of images that we capture with our eyes, and thus nourish our living experience. The exhibit also means to highlight embedded systems and mechanisms of control and processing found all throughout nature, like photosynthesis, metabolization, crystallization, and processes of nuclear fusion for example.
We appropriate, as well as we are inspired by, titles from songs by Stereolab, prompted by an album of covers, titled The Politics of Photosynthesis. The album was made by other bands as a nod of recognition of the profound impact that Stereolab’s sound has had on their fans, as well on other musical acts out there.
The covers album is to us representative of the graduation of Stereolab to being icons of contemporary popular culture. We recognize that their hybrid and atemporal sound is at the marrow of our approach to art making and producing, and the exhibit serves as a small tribute to them, as well as to their collaborative, and rich in appropriation, musical process.
From the top:
1. Hillbilly Motobike, 2013
2. Suggestion Diabolique, 2013
3. The Black Arts, 2013
4. Nought More Terrific Than Man, 2013
All are mixed media works.