May 9th 2019

Manuela Infante: Estado Vegetal

@ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Opening Thursday, May 9th, from 7:30PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, May 12th

“Estado Vegetal” (vegetable state) is the latest genre- bending work by writer-director Manuela Infante—her first “vegetable play, not an animal play” that tests the limits of anthropocentrism, which has been her prime artistic interest for ten years.

“Estado Vegetal” draws inspiration from the revolutionary thinking of plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso and plant philosopher Michael Marder, who has said that “to recognize a valid ‘other’ in plants is also beginning to recognize that vegetal other within us.” Manuela Infante responds: “In accepting plants have other ways of being is to insist on the independence of things. Our notions are transformed, and we need to learn to not subjugate ethics to similarity. We must find ways to develop an ethical thinking towards that which is radically different from us, in any way.”

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