ChimaTEK Beta Launch, 2014
Smack Mellon, NY
My Role: Curator / Exhibition designer / Produced multimedia exhibition and managed installation and deinstallation.
Fast forwarding to a post-human future in Chimatek Beta Launch, Saya Woolfalk expands on the utopian narrative of her fictional species of women, the Empathics, who manipulate their genetic information to blend racial and ethnic identities and acquire characteristics of humans and plants during their transformations. In this immersive installation, the Empathics present their newly formed corporation, Chimatek, offering a patented technology which provides interspecies and intersubjective hybridization.
Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. She has exhibited at Montclair Art Museum; Chrysler Museum of Art; PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; and has been written about in the New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.com, ARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21’s blog.
Image courtesy of the artist and Smack Mellon. Photo by Etienne Frossard.