Animal. Vegetable. Mineral. Such segregated taxonomies have allowed for a privileging, particularly in Western cultures, of one entity over another; often to disastrous effect and resulting in current environmental crises and social-political inequalities. Running counter to this, and existing as an extension of queer theory, queer ecology undermines the strict and historically problematic dichotomy of the humang/geo-ecological amalgam. Exploring these themes is Queer Geology, a two-part exhibition and symposium that promotes a blurring of geological, ecological, body and material entities via the construction of artefacts and the facilitation of multi-voiced events.
Queer Geology: The Exhibition appears as an ambiguous constructed terrain in the MADA Gallery, posing variably as a reserve-land beat, animagined geological sample or the physical setting for a symposium. In this space, bodies, geologies, and ecologies intermingle. Queer Geology: The Symposium is set within the exhibition, and invites audiences to engage with the project’s key themes through a variety of perspectives. The series of events will explore the interdisciplinary linkages of researchers working across the terrains of ecology and geology and the queer in art, architecture, design, dance and will act as an experimental ground for students and practitioners alike.
A collaborative project by Luca Lana (Q-Studio) and Virginia Mannering, Queer Geology exposes the meshes of their research: the seemingly disparate fields of queer spatial theory and material histories of ‘earth’, and is supported by the MADA Gallery.