Frontiers in Retreat


Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects | SSW | 27 – 30/07/2017

Ximena Alarcon | Brett Bloom | Sylvia Grace Borda | Mele Broomes | Charismatic Megafauna | Taru Elfving | Fernando Garcia-Dory (INLAND) & Alex Wilde (Open Jar Collective) | Carl Giffney | Mari Keski-Korsu & Maaria Alén | Maarit Laihonen & Petri Ruikka | Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri | Mirko Nikolić | Áine O’Dwyer | Nuno Sacramento | Richard Skelton | Simon Yuill

Scottish Sculpture Workshop presents Edge Effects; a programme of workshops, walks, film and performance that explores the complex co-dependencies between ecological, social, economic, and political phenomena.

Edge Effects maps out artistic processes developed in response to seven international residency sites across Europe through Frontiers in Retreat and brings them together with wider artists practices to ask: What multiple forms of knowledge, discourse, and models of action would construct a viable future for humans and other forms of life? What kinds of boundaries should be dismantled, so that change in the direction of an ecologically sustainable future could be possible?

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Zooetics: Mycomorph Laboratory Workshops at Print Screen Festival

Thursday | 22/6 | 09:30 - 13:30 | The Israeli Center for Digital Art | Viktorija Siaulyte and Paulius Vaitiekūnas

Zooetics: Mycomorph Laboratory

"Mycomorph" could be considered as a material searching for its own components. It comes into being when mycelium, the rhizome-like underlying network structure of what we know as mushrooms, colonizes other organic materials such as wood or straw. A mycomorph could also be an element of the fiction of J. G. Ballard, "psychotropic house" - an everchanging, adaptable and neurosensitive architectural structure. During the workshop, the participants will explore together the biotechnological fictions and create a mycomorph of their own, using live mycelium.

Mycomorph Laboratory has been conceived as part of the exhibitions Psychotropic House: Zooetics Pavilion of Ballardian Technologies, organised by artists Gediminas & Nomeda Urbonas. It is part of Zooetics, a cross-disciplinary exploration of future environmental fictions and models. ‘Zooetics’ is a word in progress to explore new ways of engaging human knowledge and research with other forms of life and to imagine designs, prototypes and interfaces for future interspecies ecologies.


COMPANY: Temple of Manufacturing

JUNE 7, 2017 – AUGUST 5, 2017 at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York

Temple of Manufacturing presents COMPANY’s long-term project: SECRETS. Traveling to remote sites around the world to learn crafting processes unique to particular industries and places, the duo has collaborated over the last decade with a variety of communities to rethink the very processes and knowledge embedded in these places. Applying this knowledge to new and unexpected designs, COMPANY’s work creates an intersection between the mastery of traditional technique and the invention of a new, poetic, and personal material and object-specific vocabulary. 

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Fernando García-Dory at Otobong Nkanga's Carved to Flow

Talk at documenta14, June 17, 2017

For the third event that takes place in Otobong Nkanga’s laboratory installation in Athens, under the guise of a public programme exploring the mentality of ritual in resource consumption, we welcome artist, sociologist and agroecologist Fernando García-Dory. García-Dory will speak about his work as a producer of “living culture”, using art production to precipitate social change and reconsider our relationship to the biosphere. García-Dory’s work investigates questions surrounding land use, food production and farming, and the forms of social organisation that frame them. This is aided through an enquiry into understandings of the culture-nature dialectic, social modeling and of possible futures. Through individual and collective projects, from drawings to agroecological cooperatives, expanded sculpture and more, Garcia-Dory looks at cheese production, shepherding, farming, and nomadism, among other practices and processes, in a way that bridges imagination and scientific knowledge to question forms of producing and living. Along with “Seeds in net” (2004), “A Shepherd’s School” (2004) and “A Dairy Museum” (2012), he will speak about “INLAND”, an arts collective and a collaborative agency started in 2009, dedicated to agricultural, social and cultural production.

Curated by Maya Tounta
Please note that there are multiple Archimidous streets in Athens. Ours is near Kallithea metro station in Moschato.

5–6 pm
Archimidous 15, 17778, Moschato, Athens


Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects | Skaftfell | 17/06 – 24/09/2017

Kati Gausmann | Ráðhildur Ingadóttir | Richard Skelton 

The second chapter of the Edge Effects exhibition series opens in Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art on 17th of June, at 4pm–6pm at the Skaftfell gallery. The exhibition presents works from artists Kati Gausmann, Ráðhildur Ingadóttir and Richard Skelton.

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Hanna Husberg and Sria Chatterjee: Chlorofulfillment – lecture performance

Tuesday June 12, 4:00–4:45pm at HIAP Project Space, Suomenlinna

Chlorofulfillment: a lab, letters and thoughts

This lecture performance takes the form of a conversation between the works of the artist Hanna Husberg and poet Sria Chatterjee. Collapsing the boundaries between plant breathing and human breath, the performance addresses the murky lines of control in closed systems. Seen in the context of colonial and contemporary histories of manipulated migrations and bio-engineering, their questions around the politics of respiration and ventilation is mediated by a series of poetic works that explores the writings and experiments of the 20th century Indian scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose. The conversation becomes an attempt not to write a history of plant and human sociability but one that looks for language at the crevices of history and organic matter.

Tuesday June 12
HIAP Project Space

Suomenlinna B 28 / 2


Tidalectics June 2–November 19, 2017 | TBA21–Augarten, Vienna, Jun 2 – Nov 19, 2017 at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna

Frontiers artist Tue Greenfort part of 'Tidalectics' curated by HIAP-alumni, curator Stefanie Hessler.

Tidalectics presents an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, the exhibition casts oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the oceans. Taking its title from a play on words by the celebrated Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite, Tidalectics seeks to comprehend our histories as trajectories tossed by waves, from ocean crossings to systems of exchange, myths, and microbial origins. The exhibition highlights processes of cultural adaptation and material change, presenting a rich framework for understanding the coalescing polarities of contemporaneity and history, science and poetics, routes and roots, and ourselves – mostly land-dwelling humans – with the oceans and their many and diverse inhabitants. 

Artists: Atif Akin, Darren Almond, Julian Charrière, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Tue Greenfort, Ariel Guzik, Newell Harry, Alexander Lee, Eduardo Navarro, Sissel Tolaas, Janaina Tschäpe & David Gruber, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling

The exhibition opened on June 2, and runs until November 19, 2017. On June 23, Joan Jonas is performing as part of the performance series Ephemeropteræ, which accompanies the exhibition. 

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Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects | MUSTARINDA | 16/06 – 13/08/2017

Sylvia Grace Borda | Nabb+Teeri | mirko nikolić | Elina Vainio

Mustarinda – Edge Effects is the first of the seven chapters of a multipolar exhibition series organised by Frontiers in Retreat project, opening on Thursday 15th of June. The artists of the exhibition are Sylvia Grace Borda, Nabb+Teeri, mirko nikolić and Elina Vainio. 

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Open Call: Two-day Workshop – An Ecology of Words

at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, HIAP Gallery Augusta & Project Space, Sat 8 – Sun 9 July 2017, 10 am–6 pm

We are seeking expressions of interest from writers, artists, and others interested in participating in a workshop exploring the vocabulary of ecology. We will be developing short texts ‘dedefining’ some words, taking Georges Bataille’s Critical Dictionary as our starting point. We will set words off on irreverent adventures and explore subversive approaches to lexicons, dictionaries, taxonomies, and glossaries.

We will be developing discursive, de-definitions of terms which might include: frontier, carbon, energy, garbology, water, retreat, nonhuman, mycelium, affect, entanglement, symbiosis, mutualism, skill, boundary, interface, proximity, instrument, technology, spider, spit, universe, weave, mess, material, remote, algae, dust, dough, space, mouth, museum, rock, taxonomy, toxicity. Other terms for de-definition will emerge in the workshop.

We will aim to take iconoclastic, oblique, and awry approaches to the language of ecology and climate in order to move past impasses, hackneyed ideas, and vacant terminology. Polyphonic associations of ideas, objects, fragments of thoughts, unexpected juxtapositions, might displace exhausted and impotent ways of thinking about ecology and climate. We will be aiming to get beyond ingrained binaries and systems of knowledge and understanding to an anti-taxonomic vision, chiselling at words as a sculptor works with stone, or casting, caressing and sounding words.

Workshop Leader:

Tracey Warr is a writer who has worked with installed text and published books and essays on contemporary art. Her novels are published by Impress Books. Her recent future fiction writing is published by Meanda Books. She recently edited Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture published by Routledge. She is an artist in the Frontiers in Retreat project led by HIAP.

Workshop Contributors:

Jenni Nurmenniemi is a curator with HIAP – Helsinki International Artists Programme, Finland, and the curator of Frontiers in Retreat project (2013–2018). Recent curatorial projects include ‘Excavations’ (2015), ‘Deep Time Séance I & II’ (2015), Wolf Von Kries: ‘Weaving around the Void’ (2016), Lene Baadsvig Ørmen: ‘Soliloquy’ (2016), and ‘Edge Effects: Active Earth’ (2017, upcoming). In her practice she combines Critical theory, queer and intersectional feminism, and a focus on ecosystemic entanglements. Currently she lives and works across Helsinki, Seoul and New York.

Jussi Parikka is a new media theorist and Professor in Technological Culture and Aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, UK. He also teaches at Turku University of Art, Finland. His books include A Geology of Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), Insect Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), Digital Contagions (Peter Lang, 2007).

Antti Salminen is a philosopher, poet, fiction writer and literary critic and Associate Professor at University of Tampere. His publications include Future University, with Juha Suoranta and Tere Vaden (Cooperative Edge of the Bold, 2010) and Energy and Experience with Tere Vaden (so & so books, 2013). 


Selected texts from the workshop will be included in a Frontiers in Retreat book to be published in 2018.

There will be a maximum of 12 participants in the workshop. You must be able to participate fully on both days. Please email your expression of interest consisting of a one paragraph biography and another paragraph on why you are interested in participating to: traceykwarr [​at​] and jenni [​at​] by 31 May.

Lunch on both days and dinner on the first day will be provided by HIAP. The accommodation and travel costs to/from Helsinki are at participants’ own cost. HIAP can support the travel costs of 1–2 workshop participants from outside of Helsinki (within Finland), please e-mail jenni [​at​] for more information. 

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme /
Frontiers in Retreat project (2013–18)
HIAP Gallery Augusta & Project Space Suomenlinna
Helsinki Sat 8 – Sun 9 July 2017, 10 am–6 pm


Kati Gausmann: dancing dough and circumstances

presentation and artist talk at CAN Farrera on Saturday April 15th at 6.30 pm. Find out more: