Asad Raza, "Ge"

(distributed), Digital Video, 2021

December 1, 2021 – January 2, 2022

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Asad Raza
Ge
(Distributed), 2021
Webpages, digital video, 24-bit sound, audio description, subtitles

Ge is an endless and evolving video work that blends fiction and documentary as it moves around the planet by FRONT 2022 artist Asad Raza. With each presentation, the work takes a new form, adding newly shot sequences. The first iteration explored a bioscape surrounding the Dorset home of James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia hypothesis (named for the primordial goddess who personified the Earth in Greek mythology), which proposes that all living organisms work together in a synergistic and self-regulating system. Lovelock famously lives and works in seaside cottages; a portrait of the land and waterscape that surrounds him on a daily basis is thus also a portrait of the conditions that produced his thinking about the planet as a living feedback loop.

Through an interactive website, this iteration of Ge explores far flung locations, as well as the landscape closer to home with meditations on wind and water.

It was first shown in 2020 as part of The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory, Serpentine Galleries, London. In 2021, new iterations launched at Ergo Collective in Athens, Greece, and FRONT, Cleveland, Ohio.