Welcome to worldshaving.info the website of Alex Young: artist, curator, etc. This site has been recently overhauled, so it is likely that there will be a few hiccups here and there as you navigate. If you find anything too egregious, please share via the Contact page. This site primarily serves as a repository for information on past solo and collaborative projects. However, for the time being, this will privilege projects from the recent past. These can be found on the Archive page.
On the Archive page, projects are listed in reverse chronological order with accompanying venue. You may see a project of the same name a few times, this will likely imply a significantly different version or iteration of a project that shares an overarching umbrella title. Additionally, the projects are loosely emoji-coded with 📎 (paperclip emoji) indicating a curatorial or organizational project and 📄 (page facing up emoji) implying a more publication or lecture focused project. However, these designations may at times be imprecise. 🔗 (link emoji) takes you to somewhere else on the internet. No emoji on the left hand side (blank) suggests what may be thought of as the default purpose of this page: to share projects that center the solo and collaborative artistic practice of Alex Young. While hyperlinks are attempted throughout, they are not exhaustive. Sometimes hyperlinks are blue (typically when used in locations where they would otherwise be overlooked). In locations where hyperlinks are perhaps more likely to be anticipated, they may be blue only on hover-over or click. Paired emojis located between project title and location serve as a form of keyword categorization. These should be regarded as intuitive, as such: no further elaboration is given.
However, the above information likely does not satisfy why you have chosen to visit the Read Me page on this website. What should be on the Read Me page of an artist, curator, etc.'s website? A bio? A CV? A statement? An elevator pitch? [This is unlikely to happen here.] A manifesto? This would be good, no? [In the meantime, please see projects and writings that may be seen as building towards a sort of ruderal futurist manifesto in the Archive. ] As more meaningful content for this space is considered—and perhaps at some future date created—you may find the former: bio (circa sometime between 2022 and present) and CV (link at bottom) below. Not finding what you were looking for here? Please feel free to reach out via the Contact page.
Alex Young is an interdisciplinary (intermedia or postdisciplinary are also good contenders for this line among the more commonly used indicators for mutable practices*) research-based artist, writer, and curator whose practice examines ruderal ecologies, systems, species, and spaces as well as forms of human and other-than-human co-creation. Solo and collaborative projects have been presented internationally at numerous venues, including: 4GROUND: Midwest Land Art Biennial, US; Radiophrenia, CCA Glasgow, Scotland; Beyond/ In Western New York Biennial, US; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Spanien 19C, Aarhus, Denmark; ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany; Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, US. Curatorial projects include Ruderal Futures at SixtyEight Art Institute, Denmark; GROPING in the DARK at MOCA Tucson, US; and Universal Dissolvent: Fragments from the Southern California Megalopolis at San Diego Art Institute, US. Recent editorial and writing projects include Ecology of Bad Ideas for Drain Magazine and A brief constellation towards a ruderal futurism for Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research.
* distinctions are important, but so is slipperiness 💦