Performance lecture by Blitz resident Borbála Soós, 13 September 2018
Does water have a memory?
How do forests think?
What are animals dreaming about?
Who are a cockatoo’s favourite pop bands?
By looking at ourselves through the eyes of other living creatures with whom we share the world, we understand how our fate is bound to them, both as social beings and as economic and ecological factors. Venturing to other places and spaces, and superimposing structures found in nature and society, opens our imagination to other possible ways of being for our own species.
Borbála Soós (b. 1984, Budapest, Hungary) is a London-based curator. She is the director and curator of Tenderpixel, a contemporary art gallery in Central London, a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art, and also works as an independent curator. In 2012 she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London, and in 2009 an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Her recent research focuses on the development of structures found in plants and fungi, as well as certain sea creatures, and explores these as metaphors for social organisation. She regularly curates projects related to biopolitics, the commons, as well as system dynamics. Her recent and upcoming independent projects include curatorial residency at Rupert, Vilnius in Lithuania in spring 2017; winner of the curatorial open at Nogueras Blanchard Gallery in Madrid, Spain with a group exhibition titled ‘Mushrooms on the Ruins’ realised in summer 2017; project curator for the OFF-Biennale in Budapest with a large-scale group exhibition and public events titled ‘Forecasting a Broken Past’ at art quarter Buadpest in autumn 2017; and she is currently working towards a group exhibition at Trafó Gallery in Budapest due to open in December 2018.
RESIDENCY DATES: 3 – 30 September