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A brief constellation towards a ruderal futurism

Published onJun 30, 2022

Alex Young is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator. Young’s projects have been presented at Conflux Festival, Flux Factory, Kiasma Museum, ACC Galerie Weimar, Stadtische Museen Zittau, Spanien 19C, San Diego Art Institute, Beyond/In Western New York Biennial, UB Art Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and more. Curatorial and editorial projects include Ruderal Futures – SixtyEight Art Institute, Ecology of Bad Ideas – Drain Magazine, GROPING in the DARK – Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson and Universal Dissolvent: Fragments from the Southern California Megalopolis, San Diego Art Institute.

For Technoetic Arts 18.2-3 , special issue “Taboo–Transgression–Transcendence in Art & Science”, Alex Young wrote A brief constellation towards a ruderal futurism (pp. 125–134 ):

“This article serves as a brief constellation of thought working towards a ruderal futurism. Proposed as an alternative of the granary logic of state and capital, the ruderal is positioned as a force functioning in the aftermath of – and in opposition to – the composite human/state/cereal-turned-capitalist ordering of nature. The role of agriculture and cereal crop production in early states as well as its exalted status within modern nation state and attendant culture is examined as a departure point for experimental approaches to their negation.”

Young, Alex ([2020] 2022), ‘A brief constellation towards a ruderal futurism’,
Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, 18:2&3, pp. 125–34,

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