NEUENSCHWANDER, Rivane; Contingent
Rivane Neuenschwander’s films (often made in collaboration with Brazilian artist Cao Guimarães) have regularly featured ants, whose physical activity and social organisation may be considered analogous to that of humans. Contingent presents a map of the world rendered in honey, which, over the course of the work, is consumed by a swarm of ants. The honey continents gradually erode; landmasses become fragmented islands. The title underlines a situation, where one thing relies on the existence of another, pointing to humanity’s over-consumption of finite resources.