What: Final Zoning by Zemartas Budrys
When: June 23–July 14, 2014
Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)
Throughout history, humans have zoned the environment in which they live in to create “the grid”. This is where they claim to feel comfortable. Now, humans are trying to draw a grid onto the sky as well, the last natural area that had been left unzoned. This is happening because humans are concerned about their food production. To a certain extent, the final unregulated element in our food production is the bee.
Concerned about “Colony Collapse Disorder” scientists are devising a robotic bee, which would be a substitute for a natural bee. This robotic bee could be programmed only for a certain field or for a certain plant and would be owned by a specific person/entity that could literally control where pollination occurs, in order to reach maximum efficiency.
While natural bees prefer certain plants, they usually pollinate all plants as well, helping an ecosystem grow as a whole. In this way, plants that grow in wastelands, between the cracks in pavements, or in someone’s backyards can still flourish and thrive. The extinction of bees may lead to the extinction of ecosystems. Some people fear that farmers and corporations would meet this with indifference. Future crop fields may be separated by plantless, lifeless corridors. The grid of the sky would land on Earth for final zoning.
Listen to Zemartas explain how robotic bees inspired his work:
The Rubik’s cube stands as a metaphor for the way humans perceive the world. Humans place nature in cubes and tweak these cubes around for further discovery. While doing that they take away the world’s diversity and finally destroy it. “To perfect the world is to finish it, to fulfill it – and hence to find a final solution for it” (Baudrillard: 2003: 61).
About the Artist
There are three main pillars that have shaped Zemartas Budrys’ personality over the years. His parents dedicated their lives to raising him as a responsible person with a sense of honesty and respect for others. Nature, which accompanied him from his early days, has shaped his sensitivity to the world and culture has brought him an understanding of human life and social living. These three pillars, which are intertwined and exist rhizomatically, play a key role in his artistic development.
About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.
Photos courtesy of Zemartas Budrys.