Transformella: Cinis’ Forking [] – Die Schützlinginnen and Neverlife in Symbolic Terrain

Transformella malor ikeae shrine (die Schützlinginnen, die Schützende), installation view, K-T Z, Berlin 2021. Photo: def image. Courtesy of the artist. 191 Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin.

15 September 2023–12 November 2023
RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE, Vošnjakova ulica 4, Ljubljana

In 2021, the Grand Prize of the Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts was awarded to JP Raether for Protekto.x.x Precipitation, which was undersigned by Protektorama, one of Raether’s constructed identities. Together they constitute a hybrid formation of authorship called aLifveForms that consists of many lines of life, among them also Transformellae. They first appeared in 2010 to research reproductive technologies and possibilities for reproductive futures beyond the horizon of ReproNormality.

A mixed reality of Cinis’ Forking [] presents Transformella’s rituals in Ikeality and narrates their latest mutation into a new version of themselves – Transformella cinis. Bringing a much-needed intervention in the narratives and myths that underpin reactionary politics and increasing forces of retraditionalisation, Transformella weave a lifeline connecting reproductive and ecological concerns to communeer a metabolism of a habitable world.

Curator: Tjaša Pogačar

Transformella is an Artificial Identity, a “SelfSister”, and an AlterIdentitarian aLifveForm. They are the first in the lifeline of the Transformellae. They forked into Transformella malor in 2015 and began to intervene in so-called Ikeality in the local stores, where home goods and family models are massreproduced. Since then, they have appeared in various Ikealities in Berlin, Warsaw, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. In 2021, they departed from their older Self as an ashborn and necrotising Sinkamme, Transformella cinis.

International Centre of Graphic Arts
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SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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