NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism by Hyphen-Labs
February 1 - March 30
Plug In ICA is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the international collective Hyphen-Labs. Redefining the body is central to the imaginations of NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism, a world where one can reconfigure their neuro-networks as a means of gaining access to an otherworldly realm in which power structures are inter-dimensionally twisted out of existence. This world is a hallucination built on the imagination of revolution; a revolt defined by women of colour who use the prosaic domain of the beauty salon as a rebel underground network for a radically new shared system of communication. NSAF is set in a future United States after the first amendment has been abolished, which ignites a movement of black women to form a band of resistance through a neurological technology that collects “communal memories and knowledge” in defiance of old and new systems of “cognitive tyranny.”
Hyphen-Labs is an international collective working at the intersection of technology, art, and science. Through their multi-disciplinary backgrounds from engineering, architecture, biology, design and coding, they work at the edges of the visual arts and film that push artistic practice into the realm of technological innovation. They exhibited Higher Resolution at the Tate Modern in 2019 presenting a series of actions and events centered around digital platforms. Their work NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism is an award-winning animation that was created by Carmen Aguilar y Wedge (Hyphen-Lab’s co-founder, structural engineer and artist), Ece Tankal (Hyphen-Lab’s co-founder, designer, and new media artist), and Ashley Baccus-Clark (Hyphen-Lab’s director of research, molecular and cellular biologist, and multidisciplinary artist). NSAF has been exhibited widely, including the Sundance Film Fest, Park City, Utah; Tribeca Film Fest, New York; Primer Speculative Futures Conference, Berlin; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was also included in the blockbuster group exhibition “Computer Grrls,” which toured through the United States and Europe.