a sum less than its parts reinterprets fundamental properties of materials and re-imagines their entangled, temporal presence in human-initiated projects. The title of the exhibition alludes to Timothy Morton’s Being Ecological. Morton writes that if wholes formed through interconnections exist in the same way as their parts, the wholes should be seen as ontologically less, not more, than the totals of these parts.
The grown, found, unused, homemade, surplus and residual join in a spatial experiment of forms and assemblages, foregrounding the elemental qualities of each material and processes of making that suggest shared agencies between the human and non-human, organic and inorganic. These agencies are divulged through a collaborative sound component, where sound is considered as an interdependence, a thing between things.