Conceptual Framework

As an Argentinian and Australian, Antarctica has always been in my periphery. As a birdwatcher; this psycho-geography is curious, particularly if we were to consider the presence of the HSSH (House Sparrow Society for Humans) on Antarctica. The HSSH is an entity that utilizes existing and fictional archives of the introduction of species in order to interrupt the human-centric telling of histories. House sparrows (Passer domesticus L.) an ubiquitous bird now present in every continent except Antarctica is the primary and ongoing case study. My practice is concerned with locating strategies through which we can engage in decolonial projects. Thinking through a theory of the anthropocene, the notion of landscape can be interrupted through post-humanist writing. Can we re-think our colonial history on this planet by adopting the positionality of the house sparrow? Suddenly our history as colonizers is quite different, we emerged from Eurasia into England and through the Americas and Australasia. Iceland was colonized in the 1990’s – Antarctica is yet to be colonized. The HSSH would present symposia, publications, walking based works, birdwatching ephemera, fictional writing, found and made objects. The weights of coloniality fluctuate if ‘we’ means ‘we house sparrows’ - gender, race and nationality are removed and we can freely analyze the history of a human-centric narrative. The HSSH on Antarctica signals humanity’s triumph at conquering all discourse when speaking for other agents while critiquing our species’ feable attempt at doing so. When considering the narrative by the non-human, our cultural and ecological naivety is clear.

Technical Details

My project exists within discursive and provisional art-making, the HSSH will make use of what is on the expedition's ship and each stop on the trip in order to present symposia, ephemera and ideas to other participants, non-human entities (particularly birds) and to the empty landscape. When and where internet connection is available other speakers and locations will be introduced into the sites and conversations. The final work in Venice will be presented as a series of documentations, ephemera and repeated symposia.