Can the Substrate Speak? (Dear Climate)

2024

Broadsheet posters, dimensions variable

Dear Climate (Una Chaudhuri and Marina Zurkow)

Art Souterrain Festival, Montreal. Heather Davis, Curator. Spring 2024

https://festival2024.artsouterrain.com/en/environment-do-you-hear/
This work is part of the project:

Can the Substrate Speak?, a piece created for Art Souterrain, expands a key question in postcolonial studies (“Can the SubalternsSpeak?” Gayatri Spivak), to planetary environmental politics.

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The Iceberg

2024

Deck of cards, gameboard, table, chairs

THE ICEBERG is a card and conversation game created by Abigail Simon and Marina Zurkow that invites players to consider the beautiful trouble of complexity, with a particular focus on climate change. Like a tarot deck, the images on the cards of The Iceberg invite the user to consider a problem, give a voice to…

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Dear Climate

2014 – ongoing

posters, sound, installations

Core Collaborators: Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Ertl, Oliver Kellhammer, Marina Zurkow
Web Development: Pat Shiu
Sound Design: Pejk Malinovski
Typography: Nancy Nowacek
Voice Overs: Eliza Foss, Seth Kanor, Jane Cramer

Supported by NYU Visual Arts Initiative Awards

http://www.dearclimate.net
This work is part of the project:

Dear Climate is exploring new modes of address through the creation of a collection of ”inner climate” tools. These tools—posters, audio meditations and letters—are designed to nudge participants toward new relations with the greater-than-human world. The free, downloadable posters use the language of agitprop and a “fast read” to create a jolt of relational suggestion. Alternately,…

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Breathless

2023

Cheap poster paper, wheat paste
18″x24″ each

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Death Work (2023)

2023

Digital print on rice paper + NFT
35.4 x 59.1 in
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

Made in collaboration with Dall-e

Death 1 and Death 2 were originally commissioned by curator Linda Weintraub for Beyond Death, a special issue in the journal Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts

Death Work, entirely created with Dall-e, was originally commissioned by curator Linda Weintraub for Beyond Death, a special issue in the journal Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts

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World Wind (bitforms gallery)

2022

Digital prints, generative software works

Software works in collaboration with James Schmitz

Exhibited at bitforms gallery, New York

bitforms gallery (link)

World Wind is an exhibition featuring artworks by Marina Zurkow and collaborative, generative pieces by Zurkow and James Schmitz.

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World Wind

2022

80″ x 80″ wallpaper mural, edition of 6

World Wind is a mural made in collaboration with Midjourney, an artificial intelligence software that creates images from textual descriptions. Through a prompt by the artist to the software—”World War II agitprop map of pollution and climate change”—World Wind incorporates AI’s perception of climate change with the artist’s guidance, editing, and direction.

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A Swarm Is My Bonnet

A Swarm Is My Bonnet

2017

2 Nylon banners, 42” x 84” each

Permanently installed at The Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, Mass.

Right whale identification relies on the distinct pattern, known as a callosity, that each whale displays like a blazon on the back of their head. These are rough skin patches — callouses. Whalers called them “bonnets.” Each whale is born with their callous-formation, which grows pitted and grooved like volcanic terrain over time. Callosities would…

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More&More (Jugendstilsenteret og KUBE)

2019

Custom animation software, custom bathing suits, screens, shipping crates, plaster, 3D prints, mycelium, plexi shelving, custom wallpaper

In collaboration with Sarah Rothberg and Surya Mattu<br>
Software: Sam Brenner <br>
Web development: Neil Cline

Solo exhibition at Jugendstilsenteret og KUBE, Ålesund, Norway

This work is part of the project:

Part of the group exhibition, “Edge of the Sea”

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More&More (Maison Populaire)

2019

Custom bathing suits, custom wallpaper, custom postcards, custom website, laptop, desk, mannequins, postcard rack, salt

In collaboration with Sarah Rothberg and Surya Mattu<br>
Web development: Neil Cline

Group exhibition “Ici Sont Les Dragons” at Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France

https://www.maisonpop.fr/ici-sont-les-dragons-2-3-venez-comme-vous-etes
This work is part of the project:

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CEAP (Center for Environmental and Animal Protection)

2018

Digital graphic

In collaboration with Sarah Rothberg

Commissioned by CEAP

https://wp.nyu.edu/ceap/

CEAP commissioned Zurkow and Rothberg to create a primary, scalable illustrative identity for the Center, who “conducts, supports, and disseminates research that contributes to the protection of both animals and the environment.”

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Climoji

2017

Emoji collection, available as downloadable images, icon set, instagram filter

In collaboration with Viniyata Pany
Disaster icons illustrated by >Manuja Waldia
Resilience icons illustrated by Anna Lin
iOS & Android app developed by Johann Diedrick & >Denny George
Thanks to Richard Farren Lapham

Supported by NYU Green Grants, in collaboration with NYU Office of Sustainability.

https://www.climoji.org/

The Climoji are designed to distill some of the causes and effects of climate change into tiny, potent icons.

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A Field Guide to the Place Where You Are

2017

Site specific installation
Ladder, binoculars, stake flags, laminated key, toolbox

In collaboration with Floating Studio for Dark Ecologies (FSDE)
(Nicholas Hubbard, Rebecca Lieberman, Marina Zurkow) with Chester Dols (fabrication)

First created for Works on Water Triennial, 3LD, New York

Floating Studio for Dark Ecologies (FSDE) dreams of an ongoing and open library of citizen-driven field guides. The aim of these guides is to embrace the everythingness that—like it or not, pretty or not, dirty or not—constitutes the place where we are. We believe the first step to change requires an unblinkered intimacy with the…

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Tiny Containers

2016

Custom bathing suits

This work is part of the project:

A series of swimsuits that visualize the global circulation of stuff, shrinking the overwhelming system of complex trade relationships to a human scale.

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More&More (the invisible oceans) catalogue

2016

More&More (The Invisible Oceans), is a catalog of the eponymous project’s first exhibition at bitforms gallery in New York, featuring full-color images of the art on display (including video stills, bespoke bathing suits, and fungal sculptures), as well as an introduction by Marina Zurkow and a conversation between Zurkow and international curator Kathleen Forde.

https://punctumbooks.com/titles/moremore-the-invisible-oceans/
This work is part of the project:

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More&More (bitforms gallery)

2016
Custom animated software in custom steel powder-coated housing, sculptures, shelving, crates, bathing suits, website, books

Production: Sarah Rothberg
Bathing suit/web site collaborators: Sarah Rothberg, Surya Mattu
Software: Sam Brenner
Web development: Neil Cline
Studio assistance: Ariana Martinez

Commissioned in part by Borusan Contemporary
This work is part of the project:

The ocean makes up 71 percent of our planet’s surface. So, how is it that we know more about Mars than the marine environments of Earth? As impenetrable as the deep oceans are to humans, we imperviously live in a black box of international shipping, reducing the ocean to a surface rather than an environmental…

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Greetings From _______ Postcards

2016

Custom commercial postcards, 4″ x 6″

This work is part of the project:

A selection of geographically distributed port nations were analyzed for their relative trade stronghold in particular materials and items. These were then converted into textile designs for new national identities based on the materials’ / items’ corresponding iconography.

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The Petroleum Manga (book)

2014

Valerie Vogrin and Marina Zurkow, editors

Published by Punctum Books

https://punctumbooks.com/titles/petroleum-manga/
This work is part of the project:

The Petroleum Manga, first conceived of and rendered as 10-foot banners printed on Tyvek for gallery installation is now reproduced in book form. Originally, manga was used in Japanese to refer to whimsical drawings or picture books. Long before manga was a multi-billion-dollar-a-year comic book industry, there was Hokusai’s thirteen-volume manga, depicting everything from trees…

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Gila 2.0: Warding Off the Wolf

2012

Sculptural objects and printed materials

In collaboration with Christie Leece

Commissioned by ISEA 2012 and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Gila 2.0: Warding Off the Wolf consists of a “cattle armor system” of predator deterrent devices focused on the wolf based on aversion and deterrent research conducted in animal cognitive behavior and predator control. Our research and design propositions offer a self-defense system for cattle using GPS, sound and olfactory output devices, video sensing, surveillance, and…

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The Petroleum Manga

2012

50 banners, book
Solvent ink on Tyvek
10 ‘ x 54”

This work is part of the project:

Originally, the Japanese word manga was used to refer to “whimsical drawings” or picture books. The Petroleum Manga, a “picture book” about oil, is inspired by Hokusai’s thirteen volume set of manga. It depicts everything from trees to demons, squirrels to shingles. Each Petroleum Manga banner represents items organized by a specific petrochemical: PET, PVC, HDPE, PMMA, polystyrene, polyurethane, ammonia,…

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