The sculptural installation Liquid Properties, realised in collaboration with Toril Johannessen, is currently on view at Verbeke Foundation, a private art site where culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand. The installation consist of hand blown glass objects in a variety of shapes reminiscing of lab equipment glassware, buoys, ecospheres and water lenses. The glass objects are containers for samples of water taken from various sources, and are held by a meandering metal framework in a laboratory like set-up. Each of the containers have one or more lenses integrated in the glass body, slightly magnifying the organisms, particles and pollutants inside.
walk during a few moments very consciously in a certain direction; simultaneously an infinite number of living creatures in the universe are moving in an infinite number of directions. – stanley brouwn in Art & Project Bulletin 11, 1969. People, nature, money, data, goods … All around us, from the very near to the endlessly far away, everything is continuously in motion. The artists in this exhibition are not positioning themselves in the focal points of current events. They move quietly and unravel a deeper nature of mankind, as a species in constant motion. Through factual and imaginary movements in time and space, numerous worlds find their ever-shifting forms. With work by amongst others: Sven Augustijnen, Ismail Bahri, Jim Campbell, Tony Cruz Pabón, Marjolijn Dijkman, Dušica Dražić, Christoph Fink, Luke Fowler, Renata Lucas, Alia Syed, Maria Thereza Alves.
The exhibition brings together a group of artists who all challenge our perception of the world and creates awareness of how different elements are entangled in a network of relations. The complexity and relational nature in their works offer a change of perspective of the world and our place in it.
With Kamilla Langeland, Andrew Amorim, Ane Graff, Jenine Marsh, Toril Johannessen & Marjolijn Dijkman and Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena. Curated by Randi Grov Berger.
Coltan as Cotton is a single, drawn-out continuum lasting more than a year, focussing on ecology, inequality, de-growth, solidarity and racism as major themes through films, installations and performances. With: Daniela Ortiz, Cadine Navarro, Picha, Enough Room for Space, Saddie Choua, Greyzone Zebra, Fallon Mayanja, Black Speaks Back, The Black Archives, Black(s) To The Future, Monique Mbeka Phoba, Laura Nsengiyumva, Coyote, Transnational Alliance, Emmanuel Iyamu, Seckou Ouologuem, Amandine Gay. Curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.
Navigating Polarities, with new solo and collaborative works by Marjolijn Dijkman, measures the blind spots of anthropocentric perspectives alongside – in underwater filmmaker Jean Painlevé’s words – “the mysteries and miracles of nature.” The immersive video installation Navigating Polarities (2018) spans the cosmic to the cellular, from the forcefields of the universe to the balance – or imbalance – between mind and body, humanity and ecology. Reclaiming Vision (2018), a film made in collaboration with Toril Johannessen, focuses on aquatic life forms that are invisible to the eye but that have been affected by human activity. A series of photographic prints in heightened colors, composed from the film’s raw footage and titled Aberrations (2018) – a biological term for defect or deviation from the norm – zooms in on the timely concern of global marine pollution.
The exhibition demonstrates how artists deal with miraculous phenomena and the human desire for magic. With: Maria José Arjona, Roger Aupperle, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Böhler & Orendt + Felix Burger, Marjolijn Dijkman, Brad Downey, Lili Fischer, Mathilde ter Heijne, Andriy Hir, Bianca Patricia Isensee, Jürgen Klauke, Hartmut Landauer, Nikolai Nekh, Antonio Paucar, Jan Hendrik Pelz & Johanna Mangold + Jonathan Meese, Gabriela Oberkofler, Helga Schmidhuber, Jeremy Shaw, Maria Volokhova.
Captured through a light microscope, ‘Reclaiming Vision’ features a diverse cast of microorganisms, sampled from the brackish waters of the inner Oslo Fjord, alongside algae, cultivated at the University of Oslo. The film reveals various processes in the water that are hidden to the naked human eye. By investigating the brackish water, its inhabitants, its properties, and the traces left by human activities, the film is a reflection upon the relationship we humans have with our surroundings, especially through what we cannot see.