Survival Trilogy


Miriam Simun works at sites of collision: contradictions, un-realities, and that of rapidly evolving techno-ecosystems colliding with bodies—both human and nonhuman.

Artist Bio

Survival Trilogy is an exploration of life and death in the technosphere. Adopting the role of the fieldworker/participant, artist Miriam Simun examines the survival of humans, non-humans and techno-eco-systems through a trilogy of investigations. Act I tells of individualism in the deserts of the American Southwest: hunting, butchering and eating one animal at a time with only a truck, a rifle and a knife. Act II, taking place on a commercial fishing vessel in the Arctic Sea, depicts the complexity and scale of a floating techno-industry that feeds a global seafood market. Act III explores two responses to the rapid decline of pollinators necessary for the bounty of agriculture on earth: the emergence of human-hand pollination in the fruit orchards of Southern China, and the imminent release of pollinating drone bees under development at Harvard University. Survival Trilogy culminates in a series of artworks taking the form of videos, sculptures and 2D work that interweaves the processes, ideologies and visceral experiences of these food system realities. And, a series of life and death dinners.


Discipline
Sculpture, Video Art
Award Year
2013
Status

In Progress

Miriam Simun

Cambridge, MA

Miriam Simun works at sites of collision: contradictions, un-realities, and that of rapidly evolving techno-ecosystems colliding with bodies—both human and nonhuman. Simun makes use of formal, social and performative strategies to investigate the braiding of science and fiction, and where dominant narratives can be tangled, twisted and tripped up, especially where they relate to ‘the future.’ She creates art works in multiple formats, including video, performance, scent, drawing, installation, writing and communal sensorial experiences. Simun’s work has been presented by venues like the New Museum in New York, Himalayas Museum in Shanghai, Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, DeutscheBank Kunsthalle in Berlin, The Contemporary in Baltimore, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha), and more. She is a recipient of awards from Creative Capital, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab, NYU’s ITP and the London School of Economics and Political Science.