Geneva

KLAT

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève

For their show at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Gen.ve, the artist collective KLAT (Jérôme Massard, Florian Saini, and Konstantin Sgouridis) constructed a sculpture, Tennessee Wiggler the Big Fat Worm aka le lombric cosmique, 2009, whose form is particularly striking: a fifty-five-yard-long giant earthworm (lombric) made primarily of clay, occupying an entire floor of the center. Impressive for its sheer physical presence, this amusement-park fixture also served as a thought-provoking model for correlating ecological and cultural systems. The so-called Tennessee wiggler, an actual type of earthworm, is prized as an aid in natural recycling thanks to its extraordinary catalytic properties and its resilience when faced with inhospitable environments. The work was also inspired by the book The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (1995) by anthropologist Jeremy Narby. Narby compares

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