Hybridities: Almost Other

Günes-Hélène Isitan | 3 min | Canada | 2017


Exploring human’s boundaries in light of the microbiota: an experimental video grown in a Petri dish.

Created in a laboratory using methods borrowed from microbiology and electronics, this artwork presents an embodied humanity, whose skin is neither a container nor limit, but a permeable multispecies zone. Indeed, in seeking what makes humans unique, we have paradoxically revealed a continuity with the nonhuman: we are made up of nearly 50% microbial cells. As we try to determine where the human element starts or ends, we instead rediscover ourselves as a multi-species creature, a hybrid being, both human and microbial, macro and micro, individual and ecosystem.

Hybridities: Almost Other is thus meant as a revealing “multispecies self‑portrait”, inciting a rethinking of humanness in a biocentric perspective.

Some Notes On Your Health
3:00 PM | Sunday, October 15, 2017
The New School, Kellen Auditorium
66 5th Ave, Room N101, New York, 10003

Director | Günes-Hélène Isitan
Editor | Günes-Hélène Isitan
Generative Soundscape Programmer | Günes-Hélène Isitan
Cast | Andres Restrepo, Lhassa Restrepo, Maude Désilets, their microorganisms

Günes-Hélène Isitan holds a graduate diploma in Actual Arts Practice from Sherbrooke University and studied photography and interactive media at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently lives. She has been working at the intersection of art and biology for the past decade. Her transdisciplinary practice, anchored in biomedia arts, explores humanness beyond anthropocentrism. Using artistic microbiology, photography, electronics, video and installation, she present a humanity which no longer appear in isolation, looking at nature from above, but is rather revealed as thoroughly entangled with it.

Her works have been shown in solo and group exhibits in galleries across Canada, in the US, in Asia and in Europe; they have been featured in books and art magazines internationally. The Quebec Arts Council has supported her work, and she is represented both by Galerie uNo (Quebec, Canada) and the SciArt Center (New York, USA).