burning hearts of a thousand tiny matters
mirko nikolić with araucaria araucanas, carbon-dioxide, copper, Mynydd Parys, Duško Jelen, Isidora Spasović Lebović and Tuomas A. Laitinen
The exhibition is introduced with a text by Elina Suoyrjö, available in the gallery.
“Matter comes to matter”, Karen Barad invites us to think about the world’s becoming. Through differences, bodies—inorganic, vegetal, animal—find modes to do things with one another, to ‘come to matter’ through shared practices. From these entanglements emerges a necessity to reconfigure what is deemed to be exterior or interior, the boundaries of the (human) body and of the social.
The doctoral degree show assembles two constellations of works developed in various locations throughout the research. The constellations address two complex techno-socio-economic networks: the European Union mechanism for trading with carbon emissions, and mineral mining complexes in Northern and Eastern Europe. Through a series of material and discursive performative acts, the works interpellate atmospheric, biospheric and lithospheric elements and processes, seeking to reproduce possibilities of common futures, before and beyond the historically determined figure of the ‘human’.
mirko nikolic’s art and research aims to re(con)figure power apparatuses that extract, capture and control life and non-life. His works develop through fieldwork along the frontiers of extraction, materialising on sites through different media, performative and philosophical elements. Recently he has developed site-specific and collaborative works in Southern Finland (with the Helsinki International Artist Programme), Saari (Saari Residency), Røst archipelago (Røst AIR), and Bor (Cultural Front GRAD, Belgrade). He is a member of Posthuman Art & Research Group; Frontiers in Retreat, a network on multidisciplinary approaches to ecology in contemporary art, and COST Action New Materialism. At the moment he is developing a long-term art and philosophy project in the Kainuu region, Finland with support from the Mustarinda Association.
Wednesday 1 February 2017, 6 - 9 pm
Opening performance with Tuomas A. Laitinen
Hospitality by Cinzia Cremona
Saturday 4 February 2017, 4 - 8 pm
Arts, ecologies & new materialisms microsymposium: facing the inhuman
The symposium gathers practitioners from visual arts, performance, writing, curating, philosophy, and hybrids thereof, that in different ways attempt to “face the inhuman” (Karen Barad). Over the recent years, across the humanities and the arts, a significant attention has turned to a-, non-, extra-, in-, other-than-human bodies and their agencies. The ‘actors’ or ‘subjects’ of our inquiry are changing, different agencies take centre stage. But, with Karen Barad, “what if the point is not to widen the bounds of inclusion to let everyone and everything in?” It is perhaps a matter of accounting for a palpable sensation that the inhuman might have ‘always already’ been facing towards us, or that it might not desire to do that at all. In other words, what is it that these multispecies modes of socialisation do to the arts and humanities, and to the natural-cultural practitioners themselves?
The symposium will feature a diversity of modes of research and artistic presentation by: Arendse Krabbe (Copenhagen), Bartaku (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland), João Florençio (University of Exeter), Larval Rock Stars (enfolding the orbifold twins Pilarva and Larvaidya), Matterlurgy (Mark Peter Wright + Helena Hunter, London), Nina Trivedi (Royal College of Art / Syracuse University), Taru Elfving (Frame Contemporary Art Finland / Goldsmiths University of London), Tom Corby (University of Westminster), Sam Skinner (Manchester School of Art).
For symposium details and RSVP, visit the event page
The research and the exhibition were supported by the University of Westminster, Helsinki International Artist Programme, Cultural Front GRAD, Technical Faculty at Bor and the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia.