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NATALIE LAMBERT

NATALIE LAMBERT

Lambert’s interests lie in exploring how the post-capitalist power structure is constituted from dynamic, cybernetic energy flows swirling between the productive, vampiric apparatus of Capital and hegemonic, parasitic appetites of the State – each bound to the other in a viral circuit of mutual excitation, dependency and exploitation. 

 
 

The current locus of her practice is the interdisciplinary, integrated project Adrenochrome, which launches at the CSM Degree Show 2018. The project draws on structural installation, experimental sculpture, 4D video, 3D modelling, 2D images, online digital content, crypto- trading platforms and a ‘live’ crypto-currency Adrenochrome (ADC). 

Adrenochrome indirectly and obliquely references discourses surrounding post-capitalist power structures, elite occult rituals, and the intersection of finance / capital and State power / authority. As a project, Adrenochrome seeks to employ the dream logic of the conspiracy theory to map, explore and elicit the parallel dimensions of these forces. 

Adrenochrome is the chemical compound C9H9NO3 synthesised from the oxidation of adrenaline. It's a powerful rejuvenating, psychotropic elixir, sourced from the adrenalised blood of sacrificial child victims, traded by the elites for vast sums of money. Blood has a long mythopoetic history connecting it to youth, vitality and immortality. Since time immoral blood – in particular the blood of children and virgins – has been coveted for these properties, both as a sacrificial offering and a substance ritually / ceremonially imbibed. 

The Adrenochrome project explores the occult potentialities of blood, both symbolically and as a cryptographic tradable commodity. In its initial installation at CSM, Lambert will set up an Adrenochrome corporate exhibition stand, which morphs into an Adrenochrome harvesting chamber. This serves as the launch site for the Adrenochrome ICO (initial coin offering). Anonymous purchase of ADC coin, in the format of a small artwork (at a fixed price), will be possible through the CSM shop. After the CSM Degree Show, ADC will go live on the cryptocurrency trading market, where buyers can trade ADC coin (and watch its value rise and fall dependent on subsequent transactions).