April - June — Fine Arts
Multimedia artist Miranda Moss’ residency arises from an interest in the presence of invasive species of plant and fungi in Switzerland and how these phenomena resonate with contemporary and pressing questions around globalisation and colonialism.
She is interested in the idea of nature as a pure and extra-cultural phenomenon, and the ways in which landscape is used as a medium through which personal, cultural, economic and visual value structures are projected onto the exterior world. Investigating the relationship between imagined and experienced notions of the Swiss landscape, Moss hopes to develop a dense series of interventions and works which will ultimately result in a multidisciplinary installation.
Miranda will be in residence at the Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research as part of the Artists in Labs programme of the Zurich University of the Arts. Artists in Labs is a novel initiative which promotes sustainable collaboration between artists and scientists of all disciplines, not just in Switzerland but all around the world. These long-term interdisciplinary and cross-border collaborations provide artists with an opportunity to critically engage with the sciences and their experimental and aesthetic dimensions. This includes explorations of the site of the laboratory, as well as a range of scientific topics, methods and technologies.
Miranda Moss (born 1990) studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (2012). She was awarded the Michaelis prize for her graduate show Ephemerology. Often employing a process that could be described as techno-alchemy, her works combine sublime, magical elements with everyday, banal ones by frequently incorporating found objects and ephemeral, natural processes. Moss has participated in several artist-run pop-up shows and curatorial projects in Cape Town and internationally.