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View of “Geographies of Contamination,” 2014. From left: Neil Beloufa, Bowling, 2013; Neil Beloufa, Cats, 2013.

“Geographies of Contamination”

DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation)

View of “Geographies of Contamination,” 2014. From left: Neil Beloufa, Bowling, 2013; Neil Beloufa, Cats, 2013.

Our moment seems to be characterized by a drive toward the dissolution of the hierarchical subject–object relation in favor of a “flat ontology,” in which all things and matters (human or not) are situated on the same plane of existence. Cocurated by Vincent Honoré (director of David Roberts Art Foundation) and writers Laura McLean-Ferris and Alexander Scrimgeour, “Geographies of Contamination”was a snapshot of an art field in which new materialisms and post-Internet theories flourish.

The best entry into the show’s framework of dedifferentiation and pollution of diverse systems, which the notion of “contamination” sought to encapsulate, was Rachel Rose’s video Sitting Feeding Sleeping, 2013. The work’s first sequence of images—footage of a crashing helicopter followed by jellyfish swimming in the blue sea of an error screen—sets the scene for the frenzied entanglement

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