The Apex Predator’s Guide to the Anthropocene: Contemporary Art in the Era of Disease X and the Crisis of Global Environment.

This research aims to explore the direction of human existence as part of both the universe and nature, particularly in the Anthropocene epoch that humans have ushered in. The paper focuses on two main issues: Disease-X, which occurs periodically on Earth, and the global environmental crisis, which affects not only the environment but also societies and economies worldwide. The study intends to examine these issues from a performative perspective, exploring how contemporary artists tackle complex challenges such as environmental crises and pandemics.

Gimo Yi was born in Seoul Korea; and lives and works in Seoul and Gwangju. She is a PhD researcher in Practice in Curating at University of Reading UK and holds a MA in Art History from University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. She has been working as the senior curator of Asia Culture Center (ACC) located in Gwangju since 2016; and curated Aqua Paradiso(2022), ACC Media Façade Project: Sensory Garden: Night Falls, Light Fulls(2021), ACC_R Residency Program: Biophilia (2020), ACC_Art Space Network Project (2017-2018), and the first anniversary exhibition of ACC, Club Monster (2016). Prior to her role at ACC, Gimo Yi worked as a curator at institutions such as SeMA (Seoul Museum of Art), Art Center White Block, and NJP (Nam June Paik) Art Center, and as a senior director at Kukje Gallery in Seoul, where she organized Media City Seoul Biennale (SeMA, 2011-2013); curated An Hourglass That Swallows A Camel (Art Center White Block, 2015), SIA Media Art Awards (SeMA 2013), Tim Burton’s Exhibition (SeMA 2012), Julian Opie’s Exhibition (Kukje Gallery, 2009), and Lee Ufan’s Exhibition (Kukje Gallery, 2009).