Fuzzy Earth collective’s latest installation, unfortunate yet brave species, explores the attempted biological resurrection of the extinct Rapa Nui (Easter Island) ecosystem and its ethical implications.
The Rapa Nui people who populated Easter Island drove some of the island’s flora and fauna to extinction over a period of nearly eight hundred years, ultimately leading to the demise of their own people and culture. Today, researchers are exploring the possibility of reviving the island’s native coconut palm species, the Paschalococos disperta palm. The remains found and the technological advances of our time may now be sufficient to bring back the Rapa Nui palm in a renewed form. But is there any point in resurrecting a species if its original environmental conditions no longer exist? Who decides which species deserves to live forever?
Exhibition by Fuzzy Earth (Gedeon Tekla and Sebastian Gschanes)
Location: 1075 Budapest, Király utca 11.
Opening: 17 February 2023, 7 pm
Curator: Noémi Viski
Musical performance: Esteban de la Torre
More information: Fuzzy Earth: Unfortunate yet Brave Species