Mark Dion

Galerie Metropol

As Mark Dion is fond of pointing out, the world’s ecosystems are really screwed-up. Focusing on how this sad state of affairs came into being, Dion investigates the shifting conditions of species generation, survival, and extinction within an increasingly hybrid environment. Using research and classificatory methods lifted from environmental science and ecology, Dion relates these conditions to specific sites or situations. For Dion, “site-specificity,” or “context-specificity,” has as much to do with testing the physical/ideological parameters of the cultural institution as it does with making interventions in so-called noninstitutional/noncultural spaces.

Reinventing himself as a (faux)-research scientist to investigate specific instances of indigenous fauna and flora coming into contact with the long arm of (post)industrial culture, Dion worked, in one instance, with curators at the

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