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Interspecies Assembly

21-24 Sept, 2021

SUPERFLEX

Interspecies Assembly, SUPERFLEX, 2021. Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 is generously supported by New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Beckett Fonden and the Danish Arts Foundation. Interspecies Assembly was developed in close collaboration with KWY.studio. Interspecies Assembly is part of Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030. Photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy of SUPERFLEX.

Sculptural and Participatory Installation in North Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park.
All Day, September 21-24, 2021.


Situated under the protected Elm trees by Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell, in the midst of Manhattan’s largest green space also home to an array of flora and fauna: turtles, ducks, chipmunks, fish, as well as over 230 species of birds and many thousands of trees, SUPERFLEX invites all species to gather at the sculptural installation Interspecies Assembly.


As a physical gathering site to nurture dialogue between species, Interspecies Assembly demarcates a space in which humans must temporarily slow down and actively listen to their co-species.


The architecture of the artwork arises from SUPERFLEX’s ongoing investigation into interspecies living. Exploring the shift towards a more symbiotic relationship with other species, the gathering site responds to sea-level rise across our planet. The pink coral sculptures incorporate the textures, colors, and forms that will best support a thriving and biodiverse aquatic life in a possible underwater future, while the arrangement of the sculptures in a broken circle evokes the feeling of circularity without the comforting completeness of a ring, implying the need for both consensus and disagreement. The Interspecies Assembly is a porous meeting place where visitors of all species can enter and exit from any direction.

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Images: Interspecies Assembly, SUPERFLEX, 2021. Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 is generously supported by New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Beckett Fonden and the Danish Arts Foundation. Interspecies Assembly was developed in close collaboration with KWY.studio. Interspecies Assembly is part of Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030. Photos by Lance Gerber, Courtesy of SUPERFLEX.

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Biodiversity is collapsing, sea levels are rising, and weather is becoming more extreme and unpredictable. Human activity is at the root of climate change, and our unwillingness to listen to the wants and needs of other species is contributing to the Earth’s ecological turmoil.


Interspecies Assembly is a physical gathering site that aims  to foster friendly relations among species and nurture interspecies living. A series of pink stone sculptures, arranged in a broken circle, demarcates a space in which humans must temporarily slow down and become active listeners to their co-species. If they give up their human exceptionalism and learn to listen, they might recognize the agencies and voices of other life forms. With the aim of enforcing a state of idleness on humans so that other species can flourish, an “Interspecies Contract” is carved across the sculptures, encouraging visitors to change their behavior.


The architecture and arrangement of the assembly is based on a broken circle. It evokes the feeling of a circle, but without the comforting completeness of a ring. Rather than simply a space for harmony and understanding, the structure of Interspecies Assembly implies the need for both consensus and disagreement; it is a porous meeting place where visitors of all species can enter and exit from any direction.

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Interspecies Assembly in Central Park

Interspecies Assembly
Sculptural Installation
All Day, Free


Naumburg Bandshell North
Central Park
New York City

SUPERFLEX

Photo: Ulrik Jantzen/Büro Jantzen.

SUPERFLEX is a Copenhagen based artist group working with an idea of art that is not bound to any specific form or context.


Their artistic practice embraces different perspectives and focuses on applying artistic agency to all beings. It questions structures of power, ownership, collective action, environmental challenges and interspecies relations. SUPERFLEX works with a wide range of media and topics, focusing on social, political and economic systems.

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