Pyro Bodies

Solo- Exhibition

Artist run space New Jörg >>

Photos@ Janine Schranz >>

Vienna, 2020

Pyro Bodies is an installation with experimental ceramics and objects from dried mushroom mycelium.

The sculptural series Pyro Bodies has been inspired by findings of pyroplastic pebbles on a beach in Milos, Greece, in 2019. Plastiglomerates or pyroplastics are amalgams of natural debris and burnt plastic waste, of human origin. Eroded by the elements pyroplastics get a stone like appearance, like something geological.
This process of formation brings up questions about authorship and agency. Agency cannot be reduced to single entities, no matter if human or non-human, but it can be interpreted through networked interactions of human and non-human actors and actants.
In analogy to the formation of pyroplastics stoneware, earthenware, glass, stones or metal are melted together into material-semiotic composites.
The mycelium objects, preserved by heat after processes of nurturing and growth, explore the same questions concerning authorship and agency and ask in what way material-semiotic interactions influence our morality, ethics and politics, since mycelium is seen as a sustainable substitute for plastics. Pyro Bodies is also a speculation about what could possibly be found on future beaches.