Andreas Ervik Parasite Technologies
June 24 - June 25, 2018, 2-7PM
Unit110 is pleased to present Andreas Ervik: Parasite Technologies (2018). This is the first solo exhibition
of the artist in the United States. For his work Parasite Technologies, Ervik parasitized the identity of
Paratech, a company that is developing medical drugs for immune therapy use. The work consists of
Parasite Technologies – Electrolyte Sports Drink + intestinal worm, and promotional text. Visitors are invited
to obtain samples of the work.
Parasite Technologies continues previous projects by Ervik in which he explores the multiple relationships
between humans and ecologies at different levels of subjectivity. For his present work, the artist researched
the beneficial nature of certain types of intestinal worms when treating allergies and autoimmune disorders,
diseases that evolved in the most sanitized and industrialized nations. The absence of exposure to certain
parasites, bacteria and viruses is believed to play a significant role in the development of auto-immune
disorders in which the immune system becomes over-active and responds with hostility towards what is
actually safe, even the body’s own cells.
Pulling from advertising, branding and modern science, Ervik underscores and interrogates an independent
worldview and produces an eerie yet humorous narrative about life in our contemporary condition.
Increasingly disconnected from nature and its primal parts, life in modernity could be characterized by a
desire to become purified, like technologies we use, and the brands we worship.
To think of all relationships as parasitical, Ervik proposes, is a notion that rids us of some preconceptions
about self and other, about who is in charge, and how change occurs.
Might the range of parasites include
tools and technologies, linguistic structures and social and economic relations? Systems hijacking other
systems for their own survival: ideas and ideologies and matter and things. Parasites want your resources,
your energy, nutrients, blood, time, money, stocks, views, clicks, or likes.
Andreas Ervik (b.1987) lives and works in Oslo, Norway and is currently a PhD candidate in Media Studies
at the University of Oslo. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, most recently at Blue
Ruin, Like a Little Disaster, and Künstlerhaus Bregenz.