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Pınar Yoldaş, "Carboniferous"

SAHA supported the production of Pınar Yoldaş’s new works for her solo show at the Zone2Source held between 9 July–3 September 2017.

Pınar Yoldaş is invited to present her first solo exhibition in The Netherlands at Zone2Source. Yoldaş presents a three part exhibition with new works derived from what she refers to as ‘speculative biology’. Her ongoing project “Ecosystem of Excess”, which started in 2014, is extended with several new objects. “Ecosystem of Excess” is a speculative biology project that fictionalizes the future by creating new organisms. “Carboniferous” is a new project which Pinar Yoldas develops specifially for this exhibition. Using the visual vocabulary of paleobotany, marine biology and contemporary design and architecture, “Carboniferous” offers a fantastic journey into the world of ancient plants and life forms that have been instrumental in the formation of oil and other fossil fuels. While the front room of Het Glazen Huis establishes a connection between the ancient history and probable futures at a global level encompassing the realities of our time such as pollution and climate change, the backroom offers a glance at the molecular marvels of life through several new sculptural objects.

About Pınar Yoldaş

Pınar Yoldaş (1979, Turkey) is a cross-disciplinary artist/researcher based in Berlin and Durham, North Carolina. Her work develops within biological sciences and digital technologies through architectural installations, sculpture, sound, video and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, Anthropocene and feminist technoscience. Yoldaş holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Middle East Technical University, a Master of Arts from Bilgi University, a Master of Science from Istanbul Technical University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles as well as a certificate in cognitive neuroscience. She is currently finishing her PhD in Media Arts and Science at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Media Arts and Sciences, Duke University with the thesis “Speculative Biology: New directions in Art in the Age of the Anthropocene".

About Zone2Source

Zone2Source, directed by curator Alice Smits, is an exhibition platform for the development of projects in which new relations and practices towards nature are explored and the relation between human, nature and technology in contemporary society is redefined. Zone2Source is located in three pavillions in the Amstelpark in Amsterdam. This park was originally designed for the 1972 Floriade, an international world exhibition on horticulture which occurs every ten years in the Netherlands. This unique park with its special gardens and wide variety of plants as well as animal species forms both the inspiration and context for the program. Since 2013 Zone2Source invites (inter)national artists working on cross disciplinairy projects - often making crossovers with natural sciences, ecology, landscap architecture, design - to develop projects in the glass pavilions as well as outside in the park that develop and reflect on how we can rethink relations between humans, their technologies and nature. Zone2Source organizes exhibitions, workshops and debates, as well as research projects with local and international partners around specific issues.