Outré: Encounters with non/living things
November 19, 2020– December 07, 2020
V1 & V2 Galleries, Otaniementie 14
Sat & Sun: closed
The exhibition Outré: Encounters with non/living things showcases works from invited projects which were created fully or in part at the open Biofilia Lab of Aalto University launched in 2012. Biofilia acts as a fertile ground for research and experiment, in-situ prototyping, and creative work where students, artists and researchers alike can explore the possibilities of biotechnology in dialogue with (citizen-) scientists and researchers from a range of fields.
Bioart borrows from the methods of science and it can make invisible and unknown visible with the means of artistic expression. Today, bio art is maybe more relevant than ever – it doesn’t provide solutions but prompts critical questions such as: what is life, or how can we collaborate with non-human organisms.
‘We are living in a time of crises, which we as human beings have caused. Mono-discipline cultures don’t predict the scale and speed of systemic crises. We didn’t ask the right questions earlier as we have ended up in this situation. This is why we need to challenge disciplinary boundaries and take advantage of art and science asking critical questions, revealing unexpected perspectives and offering us to explore possibilities while collaborating with nature and more-than-human-worlds,’ explains Bilge Hasdemir who has curated the exhibition.
While life as a raw material is being manipulated, transformed, disassembled, engineered, simulated and/or re-designed, the conception of life is being expanded. This reminds us of how radical the uncertainty of ontological status can be – where exactly does the one end and the other begin?
Participating artists and researchers:
Aamo artscience group (Bartaku, Janne Halme, Paulo Pinho, Merja Penttilä, Pyry Mäkinen); Antti Tenetz; Christina Stadlbauer; Noora Sandgren; Margherita Pevere; and Refashioning the Renaissance Team (Paula Hohti, Piia Lempiäinen, Sophie Pitman, Michele Robinson, Anne-Kristine Sinvald Larsen, Timothy McCall).
Collaborators & Contributors:
Assoc. Prof. Helena Sederholm; Laboratory Master James Evans; Assoc. Prof. Laura Beloff; and Biofilia Laboratory Manager Marika Hellman.
The exhibition is curated by Bilge Hasdemir and co-produced by Sharing & Co-Creating Transdisciplinary Artworks (SCTA), a University-Wide initiative responsible for exhibitions, transdisciplinary artworks, collections and public art at Aalto University. Graphic design by Emery L Norton.
Image: Water breath for the beginning, Noora Sandgren 2019