Measurements of Progress featured artist, Alexandra Neuman presents Mother Goddess Creature Complex, a single-channel video that opposes the upright ‘human being’ through the figuration of an alien becoming. Alien becomings are allied with the grotesque—“vaginal openings, intestinal worms, bodily fluids, voluptuous swamps, reptilian secretions—“anything too close to the fecundity of life, anything that carries the potential to disrupt the boundaries of self, anything possessing a slithering primordial power. This figuration unleashes the song that has been buried in matter since the beginning of the universe. Animal, vegetal, and mineral coexist using the mud of the planet as moisturizer.
Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs until tomorrow, May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to visit the exhibition before it closes, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress.
About the Artist
Alexandra Neuman is an interdisciplinary reptile currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego and received a BFA in Visual Arts and Anthropology from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She has participated in the Arteles Residency in Haukijarvi, Finland; the PRAKSIS Residency in Oslo, Norway; and the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art in Berlin. Her films have been shown at Anthology Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, and the Eyeslicer. She is a Webby Award Honoree as well as the recipient of the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) grant at Calit2.
Drawing on ideas from multi-species feminism and process philosophy, Neuman’s recent work focuses on mutating the identity of “human” by reshuffling naturalized systems of classification. In her practice, she cultivates ways to visualize, narrativize, perform, and facilitate speculative metamorphoses from ‘human being’ to ‘alien becoming’. She is interested in the category of ‘human being’ as a historically-situated and ideologically specific identity that serves to uphold millennia of patriarchal positionings, including the separation between mind/body, nature/culture, male/ female, self/world, same/other. By perforating the concept of ‘human being’ she is coaxing out an alternative identity that is characterized instead by liquidity and continuous transformation, where each ‘individual’ is reimagined as a co-emergent process with the ecologies and temporalities in which they are enmeshed.
Alexandra Neuman, Mother Goddess Creature Complex, 2021, single-channel video