Through energetic exchange, BIOMASS creates exhibitions and dialogues on the volume of artistic practice.

“Magic is premised on the belief that the world is animated, unpredictable, and that there is a force in all things.”1
Silvia Federici - Caliban and the Witch

BIOMASS looks at art through the lifecycle of material and energy. Artists consider their practices in highly dimensional ways, BIOMASS brings these realities and nuances to the fore through featured works and dialogues on practice.

The term biomass is used most often within the energy industry, typically to describe forms of burnable “waste” material used to create heat and electricity. The term’s origins are more overt, bio means life, mass means volume. From these two meanings we find a charged yet expanded perspective through which to experience art and its making.

In light of environmental degredation
and the need for equitable social change, BIOMASS seeks to expand the conversation around artmaking to include engaged materials, bodies, skills and their intersectional ecologies.2

BIOMASS is an independent project fueled by artists.

1. Caliban and the Witch; Women the body and primitive accumulation. p.173. This book deconstructs capitalist rationalizations and offers an indepth study on histories of class revolt.

2. Intersectional ecology is a term coined by writer and activist Leah Thomas. She writes that this 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 (Mapping Margins, 1989).

Image: Lifecycle of an average star
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/RIT/J.Kastner

Four planetary nebulae are shown here from the first systematic survey of dying stars in the solar neighborhood using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. X-ray emission from Chandra is colored purple and optical emission from the Hubble Space Telescope is colored red, green and blue. The nebulae are named NGC 6543, also known as the Cat's Eye, NGC 7662, NGC 7009 and NGC 6826.

BIOMASS volume 1, was designed, organized and facilitated by Liljana Mead Martin. Special thanks to participating artists, Eve Tagny, Alexis L.-Grisé, Emily Chudnovsky, Steven Cottingham, and Justin Apperley.