Japanese Knotweed Season: Collaborative sculptural installation

Sculpting worlds from other perspectives

Clay along to Siobhán McGibbon's exhibition!

14 Apr 2024

On the stem and leaves of the Japanese Knotweed lives a flea that sees the world not as we do, but in strong UV colors. What does the world look like through the eyes of this flea? Together with artist Siobhan McGibbon, you will make a representation of this world out of paint and clay, which will be on display in Mediamatic's exhibition.



Portal to where? Here, maybe. - Photographs by Tom Flanagan, Courtesy of Galway arts Centre

What you will do

Siobhan McGibbon takes you into the world of the Xenotoprhians. She tells about these extraterrestrials, and how they merged with the leaf flea on the Japanese Knotweed. Together with the participants and the artist, you will build a world from this story. You will be introduced to UV paints and fimo clay. Playing and making, you will learn about multi-species dreaming, and start thinking about the world not from the perspective of humans, but rather from the perspective of other species. During the session you will build a world together that will be on display in the exhibition.

What other worlds can we world? is a collaborative re-imagining of Siobhán McGibbon's installation 'Portal to where? Here, maybe' (2023).


Portal to where? Here, maybe. - Photographs by Tom Flanagan, Courtesy of Galway arts Centre

About the artist

Siobhán McGibbon is a Visual Artist, Researcher and World-builder with a transdisciplinary, art, science and narrative practice. Her expression merges sculpture, animation, drawing, text, permaculture and participatory installations. The artist uses world-building as a framework to conduct multispecies research through a speculative and scientific fictitious lens. This alter-imaginary is populated by Xenothorpians, a fluid species that commune, mutate and merge with living and non-living entities to adapt to the Anthropocene. Their hybridisations provide a backdrop from which new stories emerge- a satirical approach to the problem of humans and a lens to query the possibilities of multi-species futures.

Critical to this world-building practice is the question of what happens when one decentres the human? How does this shift in focus bring other perspectives into view? What other worlds can we world?


Full price: 8€| *Discount price: 6,50€

*We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


Time: 13.00-16.00

Attendance is limited to 16 people. We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.

Please note that this workshop will be held in English.

For questions please e-mail workshop@mediamatic.nl.

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