Nov 16, 04:26 pm
THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS CHAPTER TWO: PALM TREES ALSO DIE Friday, November 17th, 2023 Opening Reception 6pm - 10pm THE ELEMENTAL Palm Springs, California
THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS
CHAPTER TWO: PALM TREES ALSO DIE
Friday, November 17th, 2023
6pm – 10pm
800 Vella Road D – Palm Springs, California 92264
Featuring works by
BILL LEIGH BREWER
DIEGO ASCENCIO FUENTES
Opening reception featuring a DJ set by Indio Cholo
& Modern Mexican Food by Hoja Blanca
About the Exhibition
The exhibition “Palm Trees Also Die” is the second chapter in THE ELEMENTAL’s inaugural cycle of exhibitions. The purpose of this cycle is to draw a visual, sensitive and performative writing of a collective and imaginary novel dedicated to the Gaia Hypothesis. According to the Gaia Hypothesis formulated by engineer and chemist James Lovelock and microbiologist Lynn Margulis at the dawn of the 70s, Gaia is the name given to the Earth defined as a living, self-regulating super-organism that maintains a positive balance for life. With the Gaia Hypothesis, we are invited to change our conception of our environment, to understand the subtle interdependencies between all living components.
After the first chapter dedicated to the four fundamental elements: Earth, Fire, Water & Air, this second chapter calls upon the Palm Tree. This chapter is even more symbolic given that the surrounding Coachella Valley is the birthplace of California’s only endemic palm tree, the Washingtonia Filifera or Máwul in the Cahuilla language. Since time immemorial, the Cahuilla nation has nurtured a reasoned, symbiotic relationship with the Valley’s Oases. They have preserved fruitful alliances between the living community – flora and fauna – and the Palm trees. This exhibition is dedicated to the Cahuilla Nation. One of their founding stories, as told by Francisco Patencio in his book “Stories and Legends of the Palm Springs Indians,” recounts the transformation of a man into the first palm tree for the benefit of his people.
This exhibition is all about hearing what the Palm Tree has to say to us as a privileged witness to our history, and giving it a status beyond its ornamental qualities. Remembering primordial alliances with the Palm is an ethical imperative. The Palm tree is familiar to us by its silhouette and contemporary representations, but profoundly distant and foreign as long as we consider it an indiscriminately disposable utility.
About THE ELEMENTAL
THE ELEMENTAL’s approach to multidisciplinary exhibitions and programming aims to advance global intersections between art and environment – placing emphasis on the evolution of Earth & Land Art, BioArt & Sound Art.
Housed within a large-scale industrial building located in Palm Springs, THE ELEMENTAL is a non-profit art center established through the collaborative partnership between the Paris-based Fondation LAccolade – lnstitut de France founded by Catherine Dobler, and Epicenter Projects (Fulcrum Arts), founded by Coachella Valley artist Cristopher Cichocki. This contemporary center for the arts was designed to showcase exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performances, and printed editions organized under the direction of French curator Christopher Yggdre of Fondation LAccolade – Institut de France. Additionally, THE ELEMENTAL will facilitate visiting international artists selected from the Fondation LAccolade residency program that will engage with the surrounding desert regions of Southern California and the greater Western United States.
800 Vella Rd D
Palm Springs, California 92264