Holobiont Society


Film, 33 mins


Dominique Koch


Available from Wed 23 June


Closed Captioned

The title of Dominique Koch’s video work Holobiont Society consists of two terms. “Holobiont” stems from biology. Coined by microbiologist Lynn Margulis in 1991, it is a technical term for the merge of a host and all its microbiological guests. Koch combines this with the word “Society,” opening her work to the possibility of understanding biological hypotheses as metaphors for social and political models.

– Franziska Nori


Dominique Koch (*1983) lives and works in Basel and Paris. From 2004 until 2011 she studied photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Her installations can be described as “thinking laboratories.” The artist merges different fields of research in her work and creates hybrid entanglements and improbable intellectual encounters.

Recent solo exhibitions include Holobiont Society at CAN, Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Maybe We Should Rejuvenate the Words rather than the Bodies at Rinomina in Paris and Beyond Chattering and Noise at Centre culturel suisse Paris. Her works won several awards and were presented in various group exhibitions at, among others, CCCB Barcelona (upcoming), STATE Studio Berlin, Shedhalle Zürich, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Lagos Biennial II, A Tale of a Tub Rotterdam, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Swissnex San Francisco, Kunsthalle Basel, EKKM Tallinn, Copenhagen Contemporary, Kunsthalle Mainz.