Jenna Sutela (FI)
Sutela’s performance, “Extremophile”, considers exactly this idea of embodied cognition on a planetary scale, presenting a narrative moving from outer space to inside the gut by documenting Planetary Protection Rituals at the European Space Agency and exploring extremophilic bacteria in fermented foods as possible distributors of life between the stars.
The Berlin and Helsinki based artist and writer Jenna Sutela works with words, sounds, images and living materials. Particularly the latter is a recurring element of her practice, where the material become analogous to processes and concepts, which Sutela deftly navigates through her installations and performances.
Her artwork has been presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Serpentine Marathon, London, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, 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 organisms and organizations, expanding on her ongoing collaboration with Physarum polycephalum, the single-celled yet “many-headed” slime mold.
CLICK Festival presents in addition to the performance a talk with Jenna Sutela on her current practice and the developments and thoughts that went into the artworks, she is showing at the festival.
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