***BIOFILIE is the scientific research lab and documentation archive for feminist’s practices and humid uterus that, for the first time and exhaustively, narrates the eclectic and transdisciplinary work of Giulia Tomasello and the constellation of collaborators that worked alongside her these years.
A journey inside a space set in a near future taking the form of an exhibition thought to engage people in complex topics without drawing clear separations between scientific knowledge, humanism and social innovation.
BIOFILIE is, first of all, an exhibition permeated with the love and passion for life in all its expressions, with special attention given to the plural and inclusive relations that exist between the human and the non human.
To deepen these pioneering forms of knowledge, Tomasello has developed the expertise of a burgomaster, capable of coordinating choral projects ranging from nanosciences to medicine, from design to hacking, supported by the expertise of young professionals working in universities and innovation centres across Europe with the clear aim of focusing their discourse around three crucial issues: feminism, care and bio-design.
From the exhibition’s layout it emerges a radically new approach to knowledge, one that puts on the same level the one generally considered high with the low, it deepens the relational and social aspects as well as the numerical ones. A paradigm shift in which education is not a transfer of information, but it plays an essential role for the advancement of knowledge itself, as well as starting from the subjectivity of our bodies becomes a fundamental premise for understanding and taking care of them. In this regard, ALMA shows us, that when experimenting with biotechnologies for women's care, technological research, "by design", must necessarily be accompanied by an investigation on cultural barriers and taboos connected to women's bodies, putting them at the centre. From this awareness, projects that can be considered militancy are born. Rethinking the Bra, created together with a worldwide community of women with the aim of rethinking bras to embrace everyone's bodies, appears among non-conforming bodies wearing non-conforming underwear. TNUC and Nessunə esclusə tell us about workshop experiences showing how the sharing of knowledge through feminist actions must leave the laboratories to reach men and women in the workplace, on the street and at home. The most intimate room of the exhibition, however, is the one dedicated to Future Flora, winner of the STARTS Prize 2018. A kit to prevent and treat vaginal infections becomes an opportunity to talk about biohacking and the symbiotic relationships between humans and other forms of life, an example of a change of perspective on how to compare ourselves with the countless other living beings that co-inhabit the Earth.
BIOFILIE is, ultimately, an opportunity to question how we are changing the way we interpret and question the world, no matter if about biological or social issues. And it suggests that it's time to choose how we want technology to enter all aspects of our lives.
BIOFILIE is a Sineglossa and Giulia Tomasello production.
Giulia Tomasello, Art-Director Designer
Federico Bomba, Curator
Simone Tomasello / Artist Collaborator
Paola Ricci / Production Coordinator
Simone Alessandrini / Scenographer
Umanesimo Artificiale / Web Designer
Tauras Stalnionis / Grafic Designer
Benedetta Bisagni / Video Designer
Julia Jover Cano / Researcher
Aasawari Kulkarni / Typographer
Giulia Terenzi / Editor
Press kit available to download (ita/eng).