Wo Orun ⬆️
Sustainable natural environments are characterized by the principle of homeostasis, meaning that balance, symbiosis, and appreciation of the roles and functions of different organisms are key towards a long-term perspective of vitality. As such, the diversity of an ecosystem is intrinsically linked to a regenerative system’s integrity and its ability to thrive and support itself through a reproduction of life. Such a view of ecological systems is ubiquitous in indiginous epistemologies and cosmologies that hold, at their core, the recognition of the equitable agency and distribution of natural processes, objects, materials, humans and non-human entities.
In contrast, it may be argued that Western epistemologies, particularly positivist ones, of science and technology are characterized by asymmetry, inequity and imbalance that feature extraction, exploitation, and most relevant in the recent context of galactic exploration: colonization as their central tenets. These violent epistemologies directly oppose the values and balance and equity necessary r to maintain life. The project calls upon the myriad of ways humans have and continue to relate to space from indigenous astronomy and myths to extinct and contemporary nation-state space endeavors. In learning from different indigenous cosmologies, how might we turn from the narrative of dominant positivist Western views of science and technology towards an appreciation of the rich diversity within the ecosystem of indigenous cosmologies?
The observatory, a cluster of sensors behind the starshield processes information about temperature, color, patterns, and elements from the penumbra. The data collected activates a live in-person installation by generating original visuals that alter the physical conditions of the exhibit,using custom built technology to trigger sensorial experiences.
This project aims to speak to people who are looking to engage in the work of building divergent futures. We hope this exhibit will inspire subjects to explore what knowledge becomes within our grasp as we explore a universe principally unknown to us and what power does that knowledge hold. At a time where other ways of being and knowing are crucial to the survival of the human species, The Sun is the First Star explores an alternative imaginary where the pursuit of knowledge exists outside of the western hegemonic structure.
Wo Orun 1, Digital Image Collage, 2022
Wo Orun 2, Digital Image Collage, 2022
Wo Orun 3, Digital Image Collage, 2022