"My work references products of biochemical, genetic, robotized and nanotechnology which interfere radically in what we construe as the “natural order”.
Relationships between organisms, food chains and their environments can be studied through ‘ecosystems’, but this term seems to fall short when thinking about the inclusion of the human connections to these systems. We should no longer be thinking about the idea of the human being outside of nature, but part of a larger ‘mesh’ an interconnected system, without hierarchy or distance – nature should no longer be thought of as a concept which is ‘over there’ or outside of us.
…all beings are always already implicated within the ecological, necessitating an acknowledgement of coexistential difference for coping with ecological catastrophe – Timothy Morton
The mesh has no central position that privileges any one form of being over others, and thereby erases definitive interior and exterior boundaries of beings. Emphasizing the interdependence of beings, the ecological thought "permits no distance," such that all beings are said to relate to each other in a totalizing open system, negatively and differentially, rendering ambiguous those entities with which we presume familiarity. Morton calls these ambiguously inscribed beings 'strange strangers', or beings unable to be completely comprehended and labeled. Within the mesh, even the strangeness of strange strangers relating coexistentially is strange, meaning that the more we know about an entity, the stranger it becomes. Intimacy, then, becomes threatening because it veils the mesh beneath the illusion of familiarity.
The writings of Bruno Latour in particular have given rise to network theories and thought. I am interested in the way that network theories, complexity theory and emergence are related to ‘natural’ as well as ‘synthesized’ systems and the point which the two diverge.
I will focus on organisms, which have emerged and evolved as a direct result of our human ‘pollutants’ that have entered and affected environmental systems, creatures that have overturned our limited perception of ‘natures’ ability to adapt and change. These creatures include new species of microbes that have recently been found in the ocean that feed on plastic trash, jellyfish that thrive in highly ‘polluted’ waters and fish with mutated genes that survive in the highly toxic Hudson River.
Thinking of a world beyond the human, where the environment may not be able to sustain our own kind, yet new species and strange mutations remain."
Joey Holder was a recent finalist for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award, included in ‘Vestige: The Future is Here’, Design Museum, London and ‘Multinatural Histories’, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Massachusetts, USA (all 2013). Last year (2014) she exhibited with projects including ‘hypersalon’ at Miami Basel and ‘HYDROZOAN’ a solo exhibition as part of the Liverpool Biennial program at The Royal Standard (with support from Near Now, Nottingham and Arts Council England). This year she was selected for ‘The Multiverse’ residency at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK and presented ‘BioStat.’ a solo exhibition at Project Native Informant, London, UK (2015). Upcoming projects include ‘SUNSCREEN’ an online commission as part of the EM15 partnership at the 2015 Venice Biennale.