agustine zegers (b. 1994) is a Chilean bacterial community, writer and visual artist. Their work focuses on bringing decolonial care to the materialities of our post-apocalyptic world and queering environmentalism.
“Pre-co(congealing) is a default material state of the ontological shift necessitated by the forceful and unsustainable forces of the Capitalocene. Pre-co(congealing) is a mechanism of what Donna Haraway has described as the Chthulucene
This ontology begs for re-signification and provides innumerable spaces for the re-distribution of agency. It moves away from the totalizing retro-fitting power of Homo sapiens by inscribing agency onto seemingly fragile and precarious subjects. It is mushroom dust, a cloud of spores reproducing frantically and often asexually.”
(Annotated Index of pre-(co)congealing, 2016)
“The following set of instructions are a set of preliminary exercises in embodying a trans-species, Chthulu-friendly, quantum- queer existence. They are embodied re-imaginings of humans, their practices, and their speciesist hierarchies. They are efforts in embracing our precariousness, destructiveness, and insignificance. The following set of instructions propose a lifestyle in servitude of critters such as Protists, Fungi, and the ever-mobile, consciousness-creating Eubacteria and Archaebacteria that compose our (their) flesh and our (their) multiverses. Our mission is to establish material practices of resistance and to de-territorialize the boundaries of the human. It is to embrace our mortality and dissolve the assumption that we are the heirs of this earth.
⁂understand your own body as trans-individual. it is a non-discrete manifestation of bacterial and ecological development. your body is in constant flux. it shifts inhabitants, ownerships, and genders.
⁂allow your body to become a shelter for the fungal and bacterial colonies that may or may not find it. consider them your kin.
⁂ if aroused, drink and breed kefir. rejoice in the binary fission of your composing bacteria, and attract the fungus Candida albicans toyour genitals.”
(Preparing to Welcome the Chthulucene, 2016)
Links / Updates
Annotated Index of pre-(co)congealing, 2016. http://arachne.cc/issues/03/annotated-index-agustine-zegers.html
Preparing to Welcome the Chthulucene, 2016. Limited edition artist book printed on acrylic with plastic encasing and empty pill containers, 21 x 30 cm, Sold at MoMA PS1 book fair 2016 & Ch.ACO 2016 by Ediciones Popolet. CHTHULUCENE