BIOMASS is an annual publication and exhibition platform that produces digital volumes on artistic praxis through exhibitions, recordings and transcribed artist talks.

By exploring artmaking through the lifecycle of materials and energy, BIOMASS sheds light on the realities of creative labour. Through indepth conversations, alternative paths toward creative agency are brought foreward and discussed.

In light of mass environmental degredation, and the need for equitable social change across fields, artistic practices can offer a unique training ground for transformative and provacative incitations. BIOMASS shows artists and their practices as case studies for living and creating in more sustainable, holistic or realistic ways.

The term biomass has multifold meaning, it can refer to an accumulated mass of organisms in situ. The term is also used within the energy industry to describe forms of burnable “waste” material used to create heat and electricity. The word’s etymology is more overt, bio - life and mass - volume; it is a form of measurement. From these meanings we find an expandable terminology to address issues in the field of creative labour. By focusing on the realities of artmaking in daily life BIOMASS shares work by artists who have approached personal, political, creative or monetary constraints and brought creative agency to the work they do. 

BIOMASS is an independent project created by Liljana Mead Martin.

Intersectional ecology is a term coined by environmentalist writer and activist Leah Thomas. Thomas writes “ intersectional ecology is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet.” The term expands on the three forms of Intersectionality outlined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in her publication Mapping Margins, 1989. 

Image: Radial longitudinal section (RLS) of Viburnum wood showing inter-vessel pits and scalariform perforation plates.

Comparative wood anatomy of Viburnum L. (Adoxaceae) and its taxonomic implication. Study by: Balkrishna Ghimire, Dong Chan Son, Beom Kyun Park, Seung-Hwan Oh.

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