Systems exhibition: Between Two Trees, There Are Many Worlds

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Between Two Trees, There Are Many Worlds was included in the Systems exhibition.

Taking two trees – a surviving tree and a dead tree – in the central forest in Helsinki as a starting point, the project explores hyperspectral imaging and posthuman sensing of the natural environments in the context of the ongoing bark beetle infestation in Northern Europe. Inspired by James Gibson’s notion of environmental affordances and biologist and cybernetician Jakob von Uexküll’s observation of how a tick’s sensory abilities create its own world, the project compares the optical scientific measurements of the forest with the chemical sensing of the living creatures in the woods. Capturing the forest using hyperspectral imaging and laser scanning, I transform the data into different visual forms, which is combined with writings on algorithmic models of seeing and the a-visible complex sensory worlds existing in the forest. The resulting work is a video essay that challenges the human-centric understanding of natural landscapes.
Other artists featured in the exhibition: Annelie Berner in collaboration with Monika Seyfried; Nicolas Gourault; Dasha Ilina in collaboration with Supisara Burapachaisri; Institute of Care: Vienne Chan, Tuukka Haapakorpi and Trojan Horse Collective (Tommi Vasko and Kaisa Karvinen); Charlotte Jarvis & Patricia Saragüeta; So Kanno & Takemi Watanuki & Akihiro Kato; Sophea Lerner; Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner; Me AndOther Me (Anna Pompermaier & Cenk Güzelis in collaboration with Valdemar Danry); RYBN.ORG; Caroline Sinders in collaboration with Trammell Hudson; T(n)C (Agnes Varnai & Tina Kult); Total Refusal (Susanna Flock, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf); Sheung Yiu.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVantaa
PublisherVantaa Art Museum Artsi
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2023
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
EventSystems - Artsi, Vantaa, Finland
Duration: 29 Sept 20233 Dec 2023

Field of art

  • Contemporary art


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