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AFTER LIFE (we survive) | Coven Intelligence Program

Presented by YBCA | November 9, 2020–January 24, 2021

Coven Intelligence Program

(efrén cruz cortés, Margaretha Haughwout &  Suzanne Husky) with help from Ariel Cooper

One two three potions a secret word/ and soon you’ll see a freer world, 2020

Code, plants, print, SpellWeaver app, video, vinyl 

Courtesy the artists

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Coven Intelligence Program, One two three potions a secret word/ and soon you’ll see a freer world, 2020, installation view, AFTER LIFE (we survive), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2020. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Thea Quiray Tagle.

Coven Intelligence Program, One two three potions a secret word/ and soon you’ll see a freer world, 2020, installation view, AFTER LIFE (we survive), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2020. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Thea Quiray Tagle.

Coven Intelligence Program, One two three potions a secret word/ and soon you’ll see a freer world, 2020, installation view, AFTER LIFE (we survive), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2020. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Thea Quiray Tagle.

Coven Intelligence Program is a revolutionary, anti-capitalist alliance among witches, plants, and machines. In One two three potions a secret word/ and soon you’ll see a freer world, spells are woven into visual patterns encoded in textiles, as well as into networks of connection between plants, rhizomes, and mycelia. Hiding in their structure, there are algorithmic instructions and prophetic signs only readable to unpaid plant, human, and machine laborers in the capitalist system of extraction and exploitation. The audience is presented with hints to the system of signs to be deciphered, and diagrams and notes about their larger conspiracy.

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You can experience this work in person at YBCA in the windows across from the Gardens.

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