I don't believe in culture ... I believe in encounters. -- Gilles Deleuze

Cesar and Lois

June 5th - July 19th, 2021

Eat the Anthropocene with Cesar & Lois, mycelia and friend entities

Artist Statement

Cesar & Lois create artworks with microorganisms and technological networks. Books become substrates for other logical pathways, and texts are written over, eaten, and rewritten. New intelligences emerge.

Connections across microbiological organisms offer potential new forms for thinking.

As with mycelia and their networked relationships, Cesar & Lois and the extended community of Yes We Cannibal probe the connections within our ecosystems, explore knowledge pathways outside of the range of human thinking, and imagine an AI based on mushrooms.

There is an Anishinaabe word for a form of emergence embodied by mushrooms. Puhpowee, Robin Wall Kimmerer tells us, is the force which causes mushrooms to push up from the earth overnight.  The artist duo Cesar & Lois imagines that force is both tangible and nonlinear, something to be explored in thinking about our coexistence with other species, even in shaping our technologies.

Let’s rethink our relationship to landscape and to the landscape’s inhabitants and eat the anthropocene together.

During their residency, Lucy HG Solomon and Cesar Baio, who make up Cesar & Lois, will converse with the Yes We Cannibal community, collaborate with local mycologists and forage in our distinct locales. The gallery is host to a number of artifacts that layer human and microbiological thinking, with books’ pages eaten, grown on and in, and carved according to microbiological pathways. Responding to inputs from the local environment and the ensuing dialogue, Cesar & Lois will develop a mushroom AI that consumes anthropocentric thinking, rewriting the texts that brought us to the anthropocene.

Pricing and further documentation available on request. To purchase work, contact gallery@yeswecannibal.org. All work is copyright of the artist(s) 2021.

Events

We invite you to think along mycelial pathways within the gallery space’s installation, to reconsider texts with participating scholars in a panel discussion around anthropocentric literature, and to forage for mushrooms and create spore prints over text in a public workshop, entitled Digital foraging, analog mushrooms.

June 27th

This panel will feature Dr. Chris Barrett, English (LSU), Dr. Richard Doyle aka Mobius, English (Penn State), Susan Main, Cultivate Projects (Washington, DC) and Robyn Reed, Landscape Architecture (LSU), as well as the resident artists Lucy HG Solomon and Cesar Baio. It will be pre-recorded and streamed on Twitch and projected in the gallery with the artists available for Q/A during the Twitch broadcast.

July 3rd

A free public workshop entitled Digital Foraging, Analog Mushrooms will take place — time to be determined — on July 3rd featuring Logan Wiedenfeld (Alcorn State University) and Yes We Cannibal co-founders Mat Keel and Liz Lessner.