Chthulus: A Teratological Invasion of an Empathetic Mind Details of Installation View at Internal Clocks, Culterim Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2022.

Chthulus: A Teratological Invasion of an Empathetic Mind Installation View at Internal Clocks, Culterim Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2022.

Chthulus: A Teratological Invasion of an Empathetic Mind 2022

Chthulus: A Teratological Invasion of an Empathetic Mind is a two-channel moving image, sound and sculptural installation created from research conducted over the past year at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, Berlin and Reykjavik and in Malahide Castle and Gardens in Dublin, Ireland and will be shown in Berlin. The work brings the viewer on a journey using speculative ideas and science to the future when the world is burning. Humans are kept in greenhouse style communes, and so the worst behaviours of humanity begins to unfold.  The ‘observers’ offered these communes as a solution to the housing situation. Between the moments of chaos, the narrator brings us back to memories and experiences of being with nature. The title, borrowed from Donna Haraway’s work Staying with The Troubles, explores Chthulus, a ‘myriad of intra-active entities in assemblages’ as a remedy for the overwhelming anxiety of the climate crisis, acknowledging that sympoiesis, or ‘making with’ is at the heart of deep ecological consciousness. Considering these ideas through a de-colonial lens, the work critically reassesses the problematic theory of the human centric epistemology or ‘theory of knowledge’. Proposing that knowledge has been embedded in a range of non-human and human tentacular practices, the work raises concerns around archival, observation and display methods used through history by ‘the observer’ of the Natural Sciences.

Duration 14m 25s

Sculpture Dimensions 20cm x 40cm 

7 Resin Casts from Mould of 17th Century Door in Malahide Castle, LCD Screens, Loud Speakers, Dried Leaves.