Project: Survival Trilogy

Survival Trilogy is an exploration of life and death in the technosphere. Adopting the role of the fieldworker/participant, artist Miriam Simun examines the survival of humans, non-humans and techno-eco-systems through a trilogy of investigations. Act I tells of individualism in the deserts of the American Southwest: hunting, butchering and eating one animal at a time with only a truck, a rifle and a knife. Act II, taking place on a commercial fishing vessel in the Arctic Sea, depicts the complexity and scale of a floating techno-industry that feeds a global seafood market. Act III explores two responses to the rapid decline of pollinators necessary for the bounty of agriculture on earth: the emergence of human-hand pollination in the fruit orchards of Southern China, and the imminent release of pollinating drone bees under development at Harvard University. Survival Trilogy culminates in a series of artworks taking the form of videos, sculptures and 2D work that interweaves the processes, ideologies and visceral experiences of these food system realities. And, a series of life and death dinners.

Awardee: Miriam Simun

Emerging Fields, 2013

Miriam Simun makes creative disruptions: images, actions and objects that poke, provoke and re-imagine current systems. Based in scientific, historical and ethnographic research, much of her work interrogates the implications of socio-technical-environmental change. Simun's work spans mediums, including video, installation, sculpture, performance, food and scent. She has shown her work internationally, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Minneapolis Institute for the Arts, Minnesota; Kappatos Gallery, Athens; and Concordia University, Montreal.