Storytelling, Mytho-politics and Future Geographies

An interactive talk exploring methods of fiction, art and research

Location: conducted on Zoom
Date: 10 December 2020
Time: 17.00-18.30 hrs


Accompanying the exhibition Flags of Wasted Lands currently at the Eight Cubic Meters gallery, the online talk “Storytelling, Mytho-politics and Future Geographies” will explore different methods of fiction, art and research.

Laura Dubourjal has invited two artists and researchers to discuss and present their approach and take on artistic research.

You are hereby invited to join an interactive tour of the eight cubic meters exhibition “Flags of Wasted Lands”, a series of thirteen embroideries focusing on the portrayal of ecological disasters directly linked to human presence. The project is an investigation on the current multi-layered complex climate regime and its direct visible consequences on Earth.

Followed by a presentation of Sara-Lot van Uum’s current research on the notion of Mytho-Politics to bring to the forth the ways in which research-led artistic expressions open up sites of political contestation through pointing out to the role of myth and mythical narratives in today’s ecological crisis.

Finally, Andrea Knezović will introduce her artistic research methods and practice which investigate the notions of shame, fabulation, identity rites and value protection by examining her recent work and solo show Dialectic of Value . Knezović will also introduce her current research project that plays with the idea of speculative fiction as a forensic method that probes the future imagination of cultural institutional practices.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A in the form of a collective discussion between the audience and the three artists.


Laura Dubourjal (1994) is a French artist currently in residence at the WOW Lieven Amsterdam and part of the Dutch Art Institute MA program at ArtEZ (NL). She graduated from the Audiovisual department (VAV) of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018.

Her works have been on show during the AFW (Amsterdam Fashion Week) for « This is not a Fashion Show » event, in the 2019 edition of the « KunstRai » Amsterdam and the exhibition « Absurd Beings on Skin » in the Kunstcapel in Amsterdam in May 2019.Her practice combines Fashion, Textile, Performance and Video in (auto-)fictional narrative works.

Sara-Lot van Uum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is currently part of the International MA program in Curating Art at Stockholm University. She has graduated from the Research Master Artistic Research in 2019, where she explored the grounds of medianatures; art practices and thought processes that have led to a more ecological understanding of media materiality. In addition to her current study program she has worked as an assistant for Research Collaborations at Accelerator, a newly established exhibition space located on the University Campus in Stockholm. Together with curator Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris she has organized Art and Research meetings where art is taken as a starting point for dialogues on methods and approaches with Professors and Post-doctoral researchers from different disciplines. At present she is working on her thesis with the working title: “Mapping Mytho-Politics” and co-curating a research-based art project together with dancers, choreographers and visual artists centered around the Gold Room at the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm.

Andrea Knezović (1990) is a visual artist and researcher, with a Masters’s degree in Artistic Research from the University of Amsterdam (2019) and a B.A. (Hons) in Visual Arts from A.V.A- Academy of Visual Arts, Ljubljana (2014). Currently based in Amsterdam, and roaming between Ljubljana, Tel Aviv and Zagreb, Knezović is an artist who explores threshold states and ambiguities within social contexts.

Her artistic and academic research is dedicated to the investigation of socially engaged discourse, mainly encompassing topics relating to identificational rites, liminality, the instrumentalization of imagination, institutionalisation of the intimate , and the impact of the neoliberal 24/7 temporal paradigm on socio-cultural value production. Knezevic’s work underlines the relationship between existentialism and abstraction throughout various types of fabulation, artistic research and playfully deconstruction of the dichotomous circumstances of social conditioning.

She has published theoretical text as well as fictional prose in numerous international cultural journals and catalogues such as Lish Journal, Simulacrum Jurnal- Tijdschrift voor kunst en cultuur and Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean ( Young Slovenian Artists ).

Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world, including Kiribati National Museum and Cultural Centre, Bikenibeu; Nieuw Dakota Gallery, Amsterdam; NEVERNEVERLAND Gallery, Amsterdam; The Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana; Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana; 12 Star Gallery, London, UK; Kino Šiška, Ljubljana; The Israeli Center for Digital Arts, Holon ; Aksioma Gallery, Ljubljana; Künstlerhaus, Klagenfurt; The Center for Contemporary Art, Hanikah Gallery, Sarajevo. Her work is part of the SCCA-DIVA Archive collection and was nominated for the Essl Art Award in 2013 and 2015.