Human advancements and ecology are not sharing the same nature. The planet did not evolve all those Eras influenced only by our conceptions, and will not do that as well when the truly post-human will follow the post-dinosaurs. But today, the human factor is introduced in the ecological continuum through conditions exploiting resources dictated by geo-economical and geo-political dynamics: not privileging us above the way we think about life, rather happening on its own way.
Dark Ecology states exactly this: the inner mechanisms of ecology are not intimately depending by our cultural mystifications and they are based on dimensions behind our human values, ethics, visions and so on; lying in an ontological sphere with its own rules in which humans are not the only relevant aspect even in a moment when their catastrophic interventions risk the planetary collapse. In this dark perspective, our culture about living-systems becomes one key-role which must be discussed in order to better understand this alien conditions of ecology. Artists share the responsibility to look into this and tune their work on what can be defined: non-human agencies.
Human habitat, on the other hand, is the synthesis between ecology and culture which can help us to understand how we perceive and shape the world. In it, we participate by voicing infinite qualities of beauty and pre-announce future directions of staying together in our even possible environment. The exploitations of resources are followed by those in technology and science. Artists, in this new phase of absolute imperative of innovation for a dramatic change, find ways to envision their experience using knowledge and processes borrowed from research in laboratories of biology, design, cultivation, food, health, landscape, nomadism and urbanism.
The exhibition Dark Habitats Dark Ecology challenges artists and audience to reflect on alternative ways to look into the state of home-sustainability and shows examples in which technology and science can reveal our human, specific way to impress upon the idea of nature an always beautiful but ecologically problematic sense of living.