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Pınar Yoldaş, "The Warm, the Cool and the Cat"

SAHA supported the production of Pınar Yoldaş’s new works for her solo show at the Röda Sten Konsthall held between 24 September–13 November 2016.

Investigating how today´s culture and society interact with biological and ecological systems, the exhibition “The Warm, The Cool and the Cat” seeks to draw thought-provoking parallels between phenomena such as techno-capitalism, science fiction, global warming, futuristic species, and hot yoga. For “The Warm, the Cool and the Cat” Yoldaş has produced three new works, that together take her audience on a physical and imaginary journey into a not-so far, yet radically changed future. The exhibition addresses topics of global warming, capitalist consumerism and hypothesized mutated species of the Anthropocene.

In the main space of Röda Sten Konsthall Yoldaş exhibited a huge sign reading “G-L-O-B-A-L -W-A-R-M-I-N-G” made of infrared lamp heaters. The lettering occasionally radiates waves of heat, which through warming up the room cause a public sweating experience for the visitors. Entitled “Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio”, the work is a theatrical and metaphorical representation of our present moment of incurable consumerism. The second work titled “Artificial Intelligence for Governance, the Kitty AI” is a 3D animation of a cat, which speaks to the audience about herself and her job as the governor of a future city in year 2039. The kitty tells the story of how the effects of climate change have caused the city to change and enforced new ways of urban living.

The third work “New Species for the Anthropocene: The Young Organism” focuses on the speculative futures of the Anthropocene. In a laboratory-like display a series of futuristic baby species are presented in large underlit jars as if they were anthropological fossils of the future. The work is a critical response to all the presumed darkness the ecosystems are confronted with. It seeks to challenge the narrow assumptions about the origin of biological life while at the same time reminding us of the arbitrary values we place on plants and animals in relation to our cultural consumption.

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".