Activity: Visiting an external institution types › Visit abroad
Visiting Lecturer and Co-organiser of end of year student exhibition for a group of students at the MA Programme DAI - Dutch Art Institute organised at the Botanical Gardens in Cagliari, Italy. From an online review of the event on Metropolis M: "We end the day at the Botanical Garden with the exhibition Botanic X that reminds us of last year’s edition of Manifesta in Palermo. The group, tutored by Bassam El Baroni in partnership with Diakron (Aslak Aamot Kjaerulff and Bjarke Hvass Kure) has envisaged a near future ecopark. “Researchers predict a substantial rise in the Earth’s temperature within the range of two to four degrees Celsius in the forthcoming decades. While these metrics might not seem alarming, they will have significant psychological, physiological, ecological and political impact. These can range from extreme heat stress, economic collapse, unbreathable air and food scarcity to the re-emergence of forgone diseases.” Spread throughout the garden, an alarming voice tells us that is worse than we think. Videos on rock walls, sound pieces in greenhouses, flaneur-style tours and performances in caves add futuristic layers to the already overwhelming location of the botanic library. How do we imagine a future conservatory such as the botanical gardens in a condition of scarcity? “What if we consciously decide to be a garden?” It is a great luxury to bring and install new works into a rich library such as the botanical garden and include speculative scenarios into a man-made environment dedicated to the preservation of diversity. On hot summer days like these, the extinction scenario becomes unnervingly palpable."