Schwules Museum Berlin will host Difficult Thoughts / Schwierige Gedanken – a lecture by A. L. Steiner on October 25:
Humans are committing omnicide, or total extinction of our species. Prosthelytized globally via Western notions of extraction, exploitation and finance crapital, the very same institutions that have wreaked this havoc try to convince us daily that they will resolve this myriad of current irresolvable human conditions.
These institutions have instilled the annihilating mechanisms of “value” vs “non-value”, relying on the failed irrationality of human-supremacy. The silly dogma of homo economicus “externalizes” human life-support systems — or rather, all that is non-human in this world-for-us. It’s crystal clear that the interrelation of planetary life forms has been lost on the contemporary human. Reason: unknown. As stated in 2005 by Oren R. Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, member of the Onondaga Nation, “What you call resources, we call our relatives.” We will view some work + discuss our fate, together in togetherness.
A. L. Steiner utilizes constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a skeptical queer ecofeminist androgyne. Steiner is co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), a collective member of Chicks on Speed, and collaborates with numerous writers, performers, designers, activists and artists. She is MFA Faculty in Visual Arts at Bard College, Yale University and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Steiner is based in Los Angeles and New York, and is featured in permanent collections such as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Marieluise Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. She is represented by Deborah Schamoni Gallerie in Munich and Koenig & Clinton in New York, and is the recipient of the 2015 Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, The 2015-2016 Berlin Prize and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2017 Grants to Artists award. A. L. Steiner is momentarily the Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
The talk will be moderated by Aykan Safoğlu.