Artcodex

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Cementa Artwork at Birds Hut

Wolbachiopolis

Materials | Plastic trash bag, organic materials, copper plaque, pizza party and discussion

A fictitious monument, erected in 2511, to two important moments from the history of evolution and genetic modification: the moment Charles Darwin had a platypus shot so that he could study the animal, and the release of mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia bacteria, in hopes of eradication of dengue fever. This work was inspired in part by a plaque found on a rock in Manhattan’s Inwood Park, marking the place where the Lenape sold the island to the Dutch, and how the significance of a historical event changes over time. This project was made possible by the generous support of NAVA through the NSW Artists’ Grant. From 3.45pm Saturday 8 April (weather permitting): Pizza shaped like Wolbachia bacteria will be served (gold coin donation), and visitors will be invited to take part in a discussion about genetic modification, science and the long view.

1. Artcodex (Glen Einbinder, Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain): Wolbachiopolis performed by Jacqueline Drinkall. Photo: Alex Wisser
1. Artcodex (Glen Einbinder, Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain): Wolbachiopolis performed by Jacqueline Drinkall. Photo: Alex Wisser
Artcodex's bio:

Artcodex (Glen Einbinder, Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain) has worked in collaboration with many artist partners in the United States and abroad, including Future Prospects, Manila, The Philippines; Art of This, Minneapolis, MN; Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands; and the Dacha Project, Ithaca, NY. We have been in residence at Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC; Bose Pacia, Brooklyn, NY; and Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands. In 2008, we co-organised No Assumption, a show about healthcare, debt and the foreclosure crisis, that took place in a foreclosed home. This past spring, we explored fluorescent orange, and nature vs. culture, while in residency at Holes in the Wall Collective, New Jerusalem, PA.

The core of Artcodex’s practice is a humorous, often absurdist, investigation into highly charged social and issues. Our projects take many forms, including group exhibitions, video screenings and performances as well as more traditional installation and site-specific sculptures. We are interested in creating a free space where people can rethink thought thoughts. One of our most recent projects was Mutant Corn, where we grew genetically modified and heirloom varieties of corn in collaboration with The Dacha Project, an intentional community near Ithaca, NY. The entire process of planning, planting and harvest allowed for deep and nuanced conversations about technology, fear, money and food.

2. Artcodex (Glen Einbinder, Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain): Wolbachiopolis performed by Jacqueline Drinkall. Photo: Ian Hobbs
2. Artcodex (Glen Einbinder, Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain): Wolbachiopolis performed by Jacqueline Drinkall. Photo: Ian Hobbs