Exhibition of the Grand Prize Recipient of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts
15 September 2023–12 November 2023
RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE, Vošnjakova ulica 4, Ljubljana
Transformella: Cinis' Forking [220.127.116.11.1] – Die Schützlinginnen and Neverlife in Symbolic Terrain
Transformella is an Artificial Identity fed and cared for by JP Raether. 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. 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 mass-reproduced. Since then, they have appeared in various Ikealities in Berlin, Warsaw, Hamburg and Düsseldorf.
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.
A mixed reality of Cinis' Forking [18.104.22.168.1] presents Transformella’s rituals in Ikeality and narrates their latest mutation into a new version of themselves – Transformella cinis.
Curator: Tjaša Pogačar