World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities

LandRush was on show as part of the World Of Matter exhibition Mobilizing Materialities at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis in 2017:

The five-channel installation featured the Dry West chapter of our research. It combined two large-scale projections with a series of short films on three monitors. In addition, two iPads featuring the LandRush-App connected Dry West to the first three LandRush chapters from Ethiopia, Brazil, and Iowa.

Dry West – Moonscape was presented as a series of large-scale prints for the first time. The series invited visitors to reflect on the artificial irrigation landscapes of the American West, more than 130 years after John Wesley Powell noted: “Gentlemen, you are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over water rights, for there is not sufficient water to supply the land.” The great explorer believed that the arid West was not suitable for agricultural development, except for about two percent of the lands near water sources. Since then, the American West has turned into a hydrological society. Rivers run in concrete beds, across mountains and deserts, and up towards money. But even where the eye sees a wild river or natural lake, chances are that nature is nothing more than an illusion in the artificial landscapes of the Anthropocene.

We want to thank the curators Howard Oransky and Teréz Iacovino with their team. They did a fantastic job curating and building the exhibition. We also have to mention Ursula Biemann, who again organized and curated the World of Matter exhibition in Minneapolis. As always, she brought an additional position into the show: 

Xavier Ribas‘s fantastic work on nitrate added to the broad spectrum of World of Matter and significantly strengthened the theme of “Mobilizing Materialities.” Thanks also to the organizers of the field trip and conference, Emily Eliza Scott, Ozayr Saloojee, and Karen Lutsky. Additional information about the extensive program can be found here:

Venue: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis
Date: 14 September – 9 December 2017
CuratorsHoward Oransky and Teréz Iacovino

Mabe Bethonico, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Bodil Furu, Frauke Huber & Uwe H. Martin, Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Xaver Ribas, Steve Rowell

Supported by:
World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities has been made possible by the University of Minnesota’s Imagine Chair in the Arts, Design and Humanities, the Department of Landscape Architecture and the School of Architecture. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Changing Landscapes, the Department of Art, and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota; the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, DARCH gta, ETH Zürich; Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism and the Carleton Urban Research Lab (c.url) in Ottawa, Canada; ifa: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa), Stuttgart, Germany; and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.