The Rise and Fall of Cordycepts presents a biotech company whose manipulations of the foundations of life irrevocably alter our future world between 2040-2065. Presented from the perspective of those dealing with the aftermath of the company’s collapse, the pieces that make up the exhibit speak in two voices, one coming from the Cordycepts era, the other from those organizing the exhibit in 2074. The narrative presented by this future exhibit allows viewers to become participants and fall for a moment into a parallel universe with similar societal, scientific, and environmental concerns to ours, and a matching reliance on capitalist ideals. Drawing on our existing world for inspiration, the Cordycepts and post-Cordycepts universes act as a mirror that reflects our own issues back to us and asks us to suspend our disbelief for long enough to begin questioning the structures that many assume to be unquestionable.
Jessica Bromley Bartram is a graphic designer, illustrator, writer, and artist. She has studied at the University of Guelph and recently finished a degree in Graphic Design at OCAD. Currently working as a freelance designer, she splits her time between design, illustration, and three-dimensional work in a variety of mediums.
Come Up to My Room (CUTMR) was conceived in 2004 by Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu as a vehicle for experimentation and interaction within the fields of art and design. In it’s 13th year, new curators Jana Macalik and Nuria Montblanch have reengaged with the heritage of CUTMR, focusing on the spatial sensory experiences and design as the medium. #CUTMR2016 will be exhibiting on all four floors of the historical Gladstone Hotel from January 21st to 24th. More details about this year’s show and events Here!