One of my current research streams concerns the acrobatics and the limitations of environmental politics. I also research the materiality of the digital economy; the territories, resources and labour that it is anchored to. Those questions emerge in tendergarden.io, an artwork and learning process where a garden slowly offsets the carbon emissions associated with a server.
Kieron Jina is provoked by the sense of chaos that is happening across the globe and in the future, the number of “climate refugees” is expected to rise. Will we all eventually become climate refugees if we don’t find ways to cool down the planet. Jina’s research evokes questions related to art as a civic muscle and does it have something to offer. Art is a rhythm of self-evaluation. A self-evaluation through the perspective of the object (a mirror). What can we make of it?
Kiron Jina continues to be embraced by African indigenous knowledge’s in his research and has found an appreciation for the knowledge of theorist Edward Lorenz “Chaos theory: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.” This quote has sparked many questions in relation to the “butterfly effect”. A metaphor for this behaviour is that a butterfly flaps it’s wings in the cradle of humankind (South Africa) can cause a hurricane in New Orleans.