ARKO Art & Tech Festival presents 2022 edition The Fable of Net in Earth
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August 11–October 23, 2022
HONF (The House Of Natural Fiber) public lab and kitchen: August 12–14
SpaceFeelux, ARKO Art Center, Seoul
The ARKO Art & Tech Festival in 2022 The Fables of Net in Earth uses a system of fungal clusters, such as mushrooms and molds, to metaphorize a decentralized network structure of Web 3.0. This fable explores the hidden connections between people, the natural world, and mythical creatures as beings of the earth, trying to uncover the fantastical world they represent. It is also a tale about “worlding” with earth creatures. 
Gallery 1 of The Fables of Net in Earth is called “The Unknown and Wildness” and depicts the long-standing narratives on the coexistence of mythology, spirits, and wildness (Clara Jo, Mooni Perry, Morehshin Allahyari, Natasha Tontey, Youngjoo Lee). In Gallery 2, “Mutant World” introduces a speculative world created in the digital world (eobchae, Keiken, Song Min Jung, Sunjeong Hwang, Sunpil Don). HONF’s efforts, as well as several programs that impart the wisdom and methods of collectives and communities that mimic the energy of earth, can be found at “The Underground Garden” on SpaceFeelux. In the meantime, the audience gets the chance to explore digital works as though they had become microscopic spores in the micro-fictional universe that is arranged in accordance with the growth phases of fungi in the online virtual exhibition “Mycelium Garden.” The audience will also see commissioned and collaborative works by the artists with three guest curators (Anna Kim, Vishal Kumaraswamy x Ritika Biswas, Clara Jo x Mara-Johanna Kölmel, and Li Yi-Fan x CHEN Hsiang-Wen) in addition to the digital artworks created by the eleven participating artists. In addition, the pre-exhibition workshop for the festival, “Worlding-with,” produced writings and texts by Bora Lee-Kil, Bosun, Hannah Seo, and Mina Ha, which are displayed in the virtual realm. In collaboration with the Digital Art Festival, Taipei, we are putting the last touches on another element of the exhibition, which will debut online and during screenings on September 30.
This event investigates a made-up planet where many animals coexist peacefully to produce a dynamic environment. Under-earth “compost” beings that create a hybrid world with numerous views coexist with different species on Earth and perish at the same time. You are more than welcome to remain with underground beings in earth in the mutant planet.
Artists, offline exhibition
Clara Jo, eobchae, HONF (The House Of Natural Fiber), Keiken, Song Min Jung, Mooni Perry, Morehshin Allahyari, Natasha Tontey, Sunjeong Hwang, Sunpil Don, Youngjoo Lee
Artists, online platform
eobchae, HONF (The House Of Natural Fiber), Keiken, Song Min Jung, Mooni Perry, Morehshin Allahyari, Natasha Tontey, Sunjeong Hwang, Sunpil Don, Youngjoo Lee
Artists x guest curators
Anna Kim, Vishal Kumaraswamy x Ritika Biswas, Clara Jo x Mara-Johanna Kölmel, Li Yi-Fan x CHEN Hsiang-Wen
Bora Lee-Kil, Bosun, Hannah Seo, Mina Ha
 The Fables of Net in Earth shares the wisdom of Nausicaä, a mediator from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), who connects the mutants of the fungal forest and the human community to coexist. It also refers to the ecological cycles of the imaginary world in which contaminated fungal forests prepare for regeneration and circulation in deep earth.
 According to Donna Haraway, “compost” is a configuration of deanthropocentrism and a concrete shape whereby life and death of multispecies are intertwined in mutual interdependence. Donna Haraway, Staying with the trouble, North Carolina: Duke University Press, (2016), 32.
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