Frontiers in Retreat


Open lecture by Mirko Nikolić

today at Theatre Academy, Helsinki, 6–8pm

MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance presents and open lecture by Mirko Nikolić

minoritarian ecologies: performance before a more-than-human world

Following ecofeminist and biopolitical critiques, the dominant economic and political apparatuses can be understood as a web of material and discursive strategies geared at managing, disciplining, eventually normalising difference. Bio-political/-capitalist apparatuses of modernity are based on a premise that difference can be translated into an axiomatics of binaries, they operate ‘as if’ the world is codeable and determineable. To a degree it is, but there is a surplus that withdraws from capture, and this excluded side matters.

Drawing on quantum physics, Karen Barad tells a different story of how bodies engage in ‘spacetimemattering’, of how matter ‘comes to matter’ through a co-constitutive ‘intra-action’ of different agencies. In line with this understanding, philosophers of difference (Gilles Deleuze, Rosi Braidotti) claim that worlding is powered by a generative force of differentiation. What would it mean to re(con)figure and reorient social practices ‘as if’ they aimed to maintain and (re)produce difference instead of reducing it? How to perform naturalcultural assemblages of difference within contexts of appropriation?

This talk will outline a transversal ‘material-discursive’ praxis, a performative mode of entangling heterogeneous bodies and concepts in a posthuman(ist) continuum of ecological praxis, in an attempt situated in the here-now of apparatuses of ‘capture’, but oriented towards alternative, hopefully more just, naturalcultural intra-actions. These alternative ‘re(con)figurations’ are not ecotopias beyond yonder, they are possibilities that effectively constitute the very here-now, yet they are minoritised.



Artists Hanna Husberg and Mari Keski-Korsu at HYBRID MATTERs exhibition

Forum Box 25.11.2016 - 18.12.2016

In biology the term hybrid is used to describe the cross-breed of two species. HYBRID MATTERs expands this to address different concepts, materials, or ideas which have been until recently thought separate or independent of each other, but which we can now observe as coming together, converging, to form new constellations with new qualities.

HYBRID MATTERs investigates the convergence of our environment with technology, it explores the term hybrid ecologies, which is a thought vehicle to talk about the intentional and unintentional transformation of our planet through human action.

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Bartaku and Antti Majava gave talks at Residencies Reflected Symposium on November 18th, 2016

read more about the symposium 


Mirko Nikolić and Marika Troili at Saaren Kartano residence

October-November 2016

Swedish artist Marika Troili and Frontiers artist Mirko Nikolić will be working at the Saaren Kartano residence (Hietamäki, Finland) on their joint project which deals with the requirements that self-help literature create for people today and considers tactics to resist them. Their project is not, however, ironic. Rather its aim is to test affirmative reversal as a method. The background to the development of the inverse idea it is their belief that we should get beyond the notion that the ultimate goal of life is survival. Read more


FiR Artist Interviews: Tracey Warr

Tessa Aarniosuo met with Tracey Warr during her autumn 2016 residency at HIAP, to discuss her projects relating to Frontiers in Retreat, her relationship with Fine Art, water, and the world’s end. Link


Company in residency at GRAD

Within the artists in residence program as well as part of the project "Frontiers in Retreat” during November Cultural Center Grad will host artistic group from Finland, Company.

Company are Aamu Song and Johan Olin. They are artists, designers, producers. Beside running their own art studio Aamu and Johan are  founder of Salakauppa design shop where they exhibit their products.  Their work in the field of visual art and design is presented in many international art and design events. Despite the large number of projects they have carried out so far we would like to point out  "Secrets of ...". Their exceptional commitment to the work is  reflected in this very project that they have so far carried out in Finland, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Belgium. In cooperation with local producers they are creating a collection of objects. Collection itself is actually in a way the final result of a large research process. During their stay in the country where they want to find inspirational secrets Aamu and Johan are exploring a new environment, learning about the local customs, they communicate, study the materials, meet artisans… Currently they are cooperating with the Amish community in USA on  new Secrets collection.

Their stay in Serbia will be in two phases. During the first phase Aamu Johan will try to discover the "secrets" of Serbia ….


Opening of Nabb+Teeri's exhibition today at 14-15

October 25 – 29, 2016 at TI-LA2016, Jyväskylä, Finland


Kun selviää, että me molemmat olemme taiteilijoita, taksikuski kertoo loistavalla englannin kielellä kaupungin molempien taidemuseoiden olevan suljettuina. Nikola Teslan nimikkomuseo on kuitenkin avoinna ja ehdottomasti vierailemisen arvoinen. Kuljettaja ylistää Teslaa väärinymmärrettynä nerona, jonka maineen sekä suurimman osan jäämistöstä amerikkalaiset veivät. Mies kertoo meille, kuinka Tesla oli parisataa vuotta aikaansa edellä, mitä tulee kaukosäätimiin, sähkömoottoreihin tai langattomaan sähköön. Langattoman sähkön kehitystyö jäi kuitenkin Edisonin kuparijohtimien varjoon. Kuski maalailee kupariteollisuuden salaliittoa, joka sai unohtumaan Teslan utopian kaikille ilmaisesta sähköstä. Lopuksi mies varoittaa kulkukoirista, jotka voivat tappaa jopa ihmisiä. Kuulemma lauma nälkäisiä koiria on syönyt 12-vuotiaan tytön jossain talvisella syrjäseudulla tämän ollessa matkalla koulusta kotiin. 

Perillä Zemunin Pregrevicalla on lämmintä ja pimeää. Hepokateista lähtee huumaava surround-ääni yhdellä poikkikaduista, jonka ylle kaartuvat suuren, tuntemattoman puun liuskaiset sormilehdet. Tonava erottuu pimeässä tummanharmaana vyöhykkeenä. Taloa ympäröivän muurin sisäänkäynnin kohdalla, metalliportin alla kulkee loputon vyö punaruskeita muurahaisia. Betonilaatan pintaa halkovat kevyet, aaltoilevat urat.


Nabb+Teeri 43/52

October 25 – 29, 2016

Kauppakatu 19, Jyväskylä 
Open Tue-Sat 12-18

Opening will be held on Tuesday 25th at 14-15. Both artists will be present.



Zooetics interview on the Icelandic newspaper DV

The Icelandic newspaper DV interviews Zooetics about the recent Future Fictions Summit that took place in Ásbrú and the LISTASAFN REYKJAVIKUR REYKJAVIK ART MUSEUM in Iceland. Read the interview (Icelandic)


Future Fictions Summit

A zooetic gathering in the high Noth Atlantic on October 22, 2016 at Reykjavik Art Museum

During 13 – 16 October, 2016 A___Zooetics (a project exploring intersections between human, non-human and poetic knowledge spheres—, invited an international group of scientists, artists, designers, theorists and writers to stay and work at Ásbrú, the site of a former NATO base on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. The three days of explorations that took place on and near the base will be staged and performed at Reykjavík Art Museum in conversation with a keynote lecture by sociologist Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, author of Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet).

The transition of Ásbrú from a fenced-off military zone to a creative-economy incubator inspires a lot of questions about the technoscientific imaginaries feeding this transition and fueling our sense of the future. These kinds of military infrastructures are already incorporated into the future fictional narratives of a seamless transition towards innovation, resource extraction and subservience to global market forces. The Future Fictions Summit enacted a think tank that performed a variety of excavations into past and future narratives of Ásbrú as a laboratory of Iceland and the high North. The findings of this gathering comprise of a series of models that invite a reprogramming of relations between the body, territory and nonhuman forms of life, opening up alternative temporalities and uncanny sensorial powers. In these models, algae that resides on Hafnir shores in the vicinity of Ásbrú are offered as a source of transformation on a variety of scales—from the intimate to the oceanic. 

The Future Fictions Summit will be finalized with Gabrys’s lecture “Sensing Environmental Conflict with Lichens: Bioindication and Expressive Modes of Environmental Politics”. She will present the notion of bioindication as a process that reorients environmental sensing toward engagements that are less focused on singular entities and directed more towards the sprawling affiliations and milieus established by environmental pollutants.

Future Fictions Summit contributors: Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, artists (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Tinna Grétarsdóttir and Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson, anthropologists (University of Iceland, IS); Oksana Anilionytė, fashion designer (Royal College of Art, UK); Nikola Bojić, designer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA); Garðar Eyjólfsson, designer (Iceland Academy of the Arts, IS); Lucas Freeman, writer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA); Eydís Mary Jónsdóttir (IS); Ashley Rizzo Moss, performer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA); Thomas Pausz, designer (Iceland Academy of the Arts, IS); Kristupas Sabolius, philosopher (Vilnius University, LT); Hildigunnur Sverrisdóttir, architect (Iceland Academy of the Arts, IS); Viktorija Šiaulytė, curator (LT); Sigrún Thorlacius, designer (IS); Tracey Warr, writer (UK).

Future Fictions Summit is brought together by A___Zooetics project, a five-year-long art-led interdisciplinary program of lectures, workshops and exhibitions exploring new ways to engage human knowledge and research with other forms of life in the biosphere in order to imagine new interfaces for future interspecies ecologies. The gathering and summit were co-developed and hosted by Occupational Hazards project, an initiative of scientists and artists based in Iceland, investigating the site of Ásbrú, unresolved narratives of the present and concepts of ecology, active citizenship and the future that unfold in shifting geopolitical conditions and emerging new waters in the Arctic.

Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and Lithuanian Council for Culture, Nordic Culture Point, University of Iceland, Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, The Icelandic Art Fund, Kadeco and Uppbyggingarsjóður Suðurnesja. A___Zooetics is part of the Outreach and Education Program of the Frontiers in Retreat project (2013–2018, EACEA 2013-1297). Frontiers in Retreat has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained herein.


FUTURE FICTIONS SUMMIT / 22 October 3–5p.m. Reykjavik Art Museum / Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík

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Animal Cosmopolitics: The Art of Terike Haapoja

T.J. Demos on Terike Haapoja's art on creativeecologies.ucsc.eduAugust 2016