From space travel to bodily intelligence and extremophile bacteria, join artists Katja Novitskova, Joey Holder and Jenna Sutela as they present and discuss works that explore technologies and lifeforms on the edge of the unknown, followed with a discussion chaired by writer Ella Plevin.
Coinciding with Katja Novitskova’s new exhibition Invasion Curves, this event includes screenings of Holder’s Ophiux (2016) and the premier of Sutela’s new work Holobiont (2018). The exhibition and films think through extreme sites, from outer space to the deep sea, and probe the human need to control our environment and the ways in which new technologies enable this.
Supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Joey Holder is a London based artist who received her BA from Kingston University (2001) and her MFA from Goldsmiths (2010). Her artistic practice and research spans video and multimedia installations both online and offline. Her work raises philosophical questions of our universe and things yet unknown, regarding the future of science, medicine, biology and human-machine interactions. Recent solo/duo exhibitions include ‘SELACHIMORPHA’, Photographers Gallery, London (2017), ‘Ophiux’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2016) and ‘TETRAGRAMMATON’, London (duo w/ John Russell) (2016).
Jenna Sutela works with words, sounds, and other living materials. Her installations and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology. Based between Berlin and Helsinki, Sutela’s artwok has been presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Serpentine Marathon in London, Kiasma Museum of Contmporary Art in Helsinki, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Last year, she edited Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley and Beyond (Garret Publications 2017), an experimental survey of decentralized organism and organizations, expanding on her collaboration with Physarum polycephalum, the single-called yet “many-headed” slime mold.
Katja Novitskova is an Estonian installation artist. She studied semiotics at the University of Tartu; Masters of Science in Digital Media, University of Lübeck, Germany; Graphic Design department at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, then at the Riijksacademy, Amsterdam. She lives and works in Amsterdam and now mainly Berlin. Her work focuses on issues of technology, evolutionary processes, digital imagery and corporate aesthetics.