As air became this number
November residency on "Engineering care" at the Schloss Solitude & ZKM, with Hanna Husberg.
The curator Daphne Dragona invited artists, designers, technologists, and activists to challenge the common narratives about artificial empathy and the robotic imaginary, address care’s instrumentalization, or shed light on forms of radical, collective, and critical care. Our response is here here.
From aurora to geospace /with Hanna Husberg/
Using audio-visual recordings, interviews and large-format film photography, this project, through a focus on science, and its geopolitical infrastructures inquires into the biopoetical imaginaries of arctic atmospheric phenomena. Narratives and imaginaries refer to the social domain of recognising and enacting aspects of the material world. As such imaginaries also create the conditions for material intervention in and upon the world. The late 19th century aesthetic fascination with Aurora Borealis provided the Nordic nationstates an entry onto the international scientific arena. The importance of scientific measurements in the Arctic were consolidated as the region’s significance for supporting systemic networks for climatic and atmospheric research, the EISCAT infrastructure in Fennoscandinavian Lapland. Environmental sensing is increasingly concerned with scales and material realities non-perceptible by humans. Due to its networks of scientific stations EISCAT is one of the places through which global environmental imaginaries are shaped. Rather than observing the atmospheric phenomena as such our intention is to look at the material infrastructures and people that make them visible. Supported by the i-portunus, Ars Bioarctica Residency at Kilpisjärvi, The Finnish Bioart Society, and Mustarinda AIR residency. Here is our blog about the winter fieldwork up north - Ars Bioarctica Blog.
This project is a methodological experiment that re-thinks geology as a practice that is archaeological and aesthetical. It gathers a heterogeneous collection of rocks, sediments, things as much as texts and histories. Situating our interest in geological materials in proximity to what Fredric Jameson described as geopolitical aesthetics, vernacular geology taps into geological knowledge, but it also explores the sedimentation of knowledge itself. The project, developed in collaboration with Maroš Krivý, was exhibited at The Baltic Pavilion in Venice (2016), OperatiivArhiiv in Disaini Ja Arhitektuurigalerii, Tallinn (2017) and the Baltic Material Assemblies in AA gallery, London (2018).
Orbital technosphere /with Johan Gärdebo and others/
In response to the Anthropocene campus, at HKW Berlin, this collaboration asked questions about the material politics of satellites and their debris, thus extending the Anthropocene discussion to the planetary orbit. Some of our conclusions are here and also in the Anthropocene Review.
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