MEANING SEEKING ANIMALS
Meaning Seeking Animals explores the possibility of a publication as a world, it is a personal collection of digested knowledge that keeps on growing as the artist proceeds to make new work. It is a world, or an aura, a field where the artist’s internal experience of knowledge building has been deposited, for a long while privately and now made public. The diverse collection of excerpts and fragments combines sources from biology, philosophy, art and psychology grows and forms as a terra under the thoughtful care of Lisa van Casand. The publication could be thought along the more traditional or familiar notions of a captain’s diary, notebook, or log — but as a collection of knowledge it is much closer to how Walter Benjamin envisioned the dream world “an autonomous world of dreams circling the earth at night”. Upon arrival the publication gives no specific reading direction, no middle and no end. But like a topographical map it offers a guide for locating positions, or intersections, in the form of audio-walks provided by artist Marit Mihklepp, theorist Aleid de Jong and geographer Jacob Knegtel.
Meaning Seeking Animals was published by oneacre.online:
oneacre.online is an experimental publishing & distribution project that utilises an online platform to seed unprintable text-based works by emerging artists. The project explores the possibilities of hyper-publishing in a series of four commissioned publications.
Thematically oneacre.online first four commissioned publications by all female art practitioners, place themselves in the online world of constant updates and refresh buttons that, as theorist Wendy Chun observes, “exist at the bleeding edge of obsolescence. We thus forever try to catch up, updating to remain the same”. The publications use the omnidirectional online terrain and actions that are native to it — such as refreshing, instantly available to edit, easily erasable, highlighting, copy-pasting and non linear navigation — to explore and critically evaluate visions and versions of power systems by tracing the politics of technological infrastructures. Hidden in places as traditional as archives, as often used as smart phone applications, omnipresent and inescapable as the financial market and as quiet and evasive as the transfer of information in narrative structures.
For the production of Meaning Seeking Animals I would like to thank: Stef Kors, Titus Knegtel, Victoria Douka Doukopoulou, Lucas van der Velden & Sonic Acts, Aleid de Jong, Jacob Knegtel, Marit Mihklepp, Neon & Landa and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.