Supported by Tisch Initiative for Creative Research (TCR), in October and November, 6 of IMA Low Res graduates (MA '22) - Danni Wang, Jackie Chai, Fangling Huang, Judy Lieff, Maria Maciak, Alice Tang - had their collaborative works KinderGarden exhibited:
- Internal exhibition at NYU Shanghai campus on October 14-15
- Public exhibition at Shanghai International Design Festival from Nov 23-27, together with other design projects from Parsons School of Design and College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University.
The KinderGarden project emerged as the output from the "Share Lab Studio" course, which cultivates collaborative frameworks and is led by NYU instructor Tony Patrick. The project created parallel gardens in Shanghai and New York to foster connectivity. In KinderGarden, more intimately meaning Kin Garden, we venture into the world of de-anthropocentrism, learning from our ecological elders and meditating on ways to care in collaboration with non-human entities. In Shanghai, we chart the gallery space into a symbiotic complex, both a multimedia installation and an interactive stage. Stepping beyond the individual human control of the artwork, we explore the significance of interdependence and collaboration.
KinderGarden prompts us to reframe the relationship between humans and the environment through the lens of symbiosis and elaborates on the fact that the vast majority of genetic material in the human body is not exclusive to humans but shared with other living organisms: lichen, moss, and mycelium. Through an experimental approach, KinderGarden blurs the boundaries between art and science while underlining the intersection of biological, social, and geopolitical systems, moving forward in an attempt to unveil the critical interactions that shape our world.