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Summary: The Monsanto Shadow Symposium
Is it possible to pinpoint the moment at which a corporation loses its
childhood innocence? Performers will read from the text/transcript of a
1969 symposium hosted by Monsanto, in which scientists discussed what
they perceived as the most crucial social problems then facing humanity:
pollution, overpopulation, famine. The idea was that Monsanto would
find a new mission for itself, and it did: switching from a generic
chemicals company, to one that now dominates the agribusiness landscape:
the symbolic juggernaut of corporate greed and environmental
irresponsibility. What would the former corporation think of itself
now? Can a performance draw out the shame of what’s come to pass?
Jen Liu was born 1976 in Smithtown, New York, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Liu received a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, and de ateliers in Amsterdam, amongst others. She has exhibited internationally, with past exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam; On Stellar Rays, New York; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Kunsthaus Zurich; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK; Royal Academy, London; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Czarna Gallery, Warsaw; De Hallen Museum, Netherlands, Mallorca Landings, Palma de Mallorca, and Ceri Hand Gallery, London. Her work has been written about in publications such as ArtForum, Frieze, ArtReview, BombLog, LA Times and The Guardian newspaper.