HOW TO BECOME AN ISLAND – THE BOOTCAMP

An exhibition concept with my collective DTAFA, curated by Markus Waitschacher.

Including six participatory multi-media installations and videos.

In THE BOOTCAMP edition of How to become an island research-based art project, visitors are invited to transform their bodies and minds, while working through a series of physical and mental training units in order to become a suitable breeding ground for a tiny bird species.

Like many other bodies of water, the River Mur has been shaped by conflicting interests of humans and other species. Yet the co-existence of all its inhabitants is woven together by their common fates. “We become with each other or not at all” says Donna Haraway, acknowledging the interconnectedness of our shared ecosystems. Thus, in order to survive and thrive together new relationships with other entities are to be imagined. What would it take to make your body available for the survival and needs of another species?

Decades of river regulations by and for humans resulted in a decline of natural habitats for birds like the Little Ringed Plover. In THE BOOTCAMP edition, visitors are invited to transform their bodies and minds, while working through a series of physical and mental training units in order to become a suitable breeding ground for a tiny bird species.

Commissioned by FORUM STADTPARK, Graz, Austria

Exhibition 11.05.24 – 07.06.24, Tu – Sat 2 pm – 6 pm

Photos by Silvia Hoedl and Reza Kellner at Forum Stadtpark