Do you believe in aliens? Many people are obsessed with stories of alien encounters and the search for alien life. However, there can also be plant and animal aliens which take over ecosystems and environments. In this workshop, we focused on the Signal Crayfish – an aquatic “alien” species invading the lakes and rivers in Latvia, and made our own alien, crayfish costumes. We plotted a potential meeting of aliens to plan ecological takeovers and the possibility of eventual cannibalistic outcomes.
Kirsty Kross is an eco-feminist artist whose practice includes performance, music, drawing, painting, and installation. Her work focuses largely on human relationships to the attention economy and increasing ecological, economic, and political uncertainties. She tries to find ways of engaging audiences with these difficult subjects through darkly absurd and humorous interventions. Kirsty Kross holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Queensland and a Master’s Degree in Art in Context from the Berlin University of the Arts.