RESCHEDULED Criss-Crossing Ecologies
The exhibition is closed on January due to coronavirus situation.
What sort of art can you make with seaweed, artificial intelligence in space, bird sounds, seawater acidity levels, radioactivity or mutated frogs?
Brandon Ballengée | Cecilia Jonsson | Julia Lohmann | Soichiro Mihara | Leena Saarinen | Antti Tenetz
The Criss-Crossing Ecologies exhibition presents artworks where observations and facts of varied phenomena are presented via art, science and design. The artists communicate their findings in different ways, making the invisible visible.
The works ponder natural and human-made phenomena using things such as seaweed, artificial intelligence in space, bird sounds, seawater acidity levels, radioactivity, or mutated frogs as their material and starting point. Their research subjects lead to deeper questions such as: What is coexistence like in different types of ecosystems? How do humans relate to their environment? How can we envision the changing world through these artworks?
Brandon Ballengée highlights deteriorating environments through mutated frogs, which he has collected during his field research. Cecilia Jonsson’s work makes the sea’s acidity levels visible with giant PH-indicators and explores the marine environment. The artist Julia Lohmann focuses on seaweed as her primary material for creating art. She is interested in what this material can tell us about the state of the seas and what could be done to stop the acidification. In Soichiro Mihara’s work, we can hear radioactivity, which became particularly significant after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in his homeland, Japan. Leena Saarinen aims to bring the language of people and birds closer together by creating an alphabet for bird song. Antti Tenetz’s work explores the possibilities created by artificial intelligence and biology in space exploration.
The exhibition has been created in collaboration by the Annantalo Art Centre and the Bioart Society.
The Bioart Society is a Helsinki-based association developing, producing and facilitating activities around art and natural sciences with an emphasis on biology, ecology and life sciences. It runs SOLU Space, an artistic laboratory and platform for art, science and society in Katajanokka, Helsinki, and - together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki - Ars Bioarctica, an art & science program with a focus on the sub-Arctic environment.