Autumn in Mänttä

At the end of September the Flowerclock was in full bloom. The autumn in Finland has been mild with no frosts. For the ending of the season, a full day at the installation was reserved with some harvesting of seeds, flowers, roots – some colours, shapes and of course: greeting of the visitors from the insect world. The harvesting took place on September 30th 2021. … Continue reading Autumn in Mänttä

Flower Clock 2021

The installation “who will pollinate the flower clock” was commissioned by XXV Mänttä Contemporary Art Festival for the summer of 2021. It is a re-enactment of a concept that is attributed to Carl van Linné, an 18th century botanist who worked and lived in Uppsala, Sweden. In his botanic garden, he planted various flowers that would open and close their petals at certain moments of … Continue reading Flower Clock 2021

Vegetal Speed Dating, Event # 3

In front of the Museum Pekilo in Mänttä, the flower clock installation has been thriving in the Finnish summer, as part of the XXV Mänttä Contemporary Art Festival. On Friday 30th of July 2021, a performative event took place, right next to it, in collaboration with The Hot Box. It featured five flowering plants that were available for a romantic date – vegetal speed dating. … Continue reading Vegetal Speed Dating, Event # 3

Building the Flower Clock

In May 2021, the flower clock installation was set up in Mänttä (Finland), in front of the Pekilo Museum. The installation consists of eleven different plants that are endemic to Finland, display circadian rhythms and are pollinator friendly. The installation is part of the XXV Mänttä Contemporary Art Festival. On the last weekend of July 2021, the performative intervention Vegetal Speed-Dating, Event Nr. 3 takes … Continue reading Building the Flower Clock

L’utile, le nuisible et le Suisse

The useful, the harmful and the Swiss is a durational performance in Lausanne, Switzerland. Saturday 19.06.2021, 12h-19h The firebug is an insect that is easily encountered. However, despite his widespread appearance little is known about this creature.It impresses his predators and observers alike with a distinct black and red design, inspiring a variety of names for it, in French: le gendarme, le Suisse, le cordonnier, … Continue reading L’utile, le nuisible et le Suisse

Who Will Pollinate the Flower Clock

“Who will pollinate the Flower Clock” is an installation and an invitation to decelerate, and tune into plant-time. The piece is exhibited at XXV Mänttä Art Festival throughout the summer of 2021. It is a reenactment of an inconclusive experiment by Carl van Linné. In the summer of 2021, a variation of Linnaeus’ flower clock is planted in front of the Museum Pekilo. The selection … Continue reading Who Will Pollinate the Flower Clock

The (Im)possibility of communicating with Other Species

In March 2021, the article “The (Im)possibility of communicating with Other Species” was published on the journal Performance Research. The article describes the work with Pinna nobilis, the noble pen shell that was done at Mar Menor in the years 2018 and 2019, by the Institute for Relocation of Biodiversity. The article is by Christina Stadlbauer and Bartaku and appears in the Issue 25 On … Continue reading The (Im)possibility of communicating with Other Species

Outré – Encounters with Non/Living Things

The exhibition Outré (19.11.–7.12.2020) at Aalto University, in Finland is featuring a selection of projects that were developed at Biofilia Laboratory for Art and Science. Hasdemir Bilge curated the show in the Väre building. A selection of pieces from the project Ceramic Scar Tissue that I worked on at Biofilia for several months is shown at the exhibit. For more information please visit the official … Continue reading Outré – Encounters with Non/Living Things

Apass end presentation

On the 13th and 14th of November 2019, the postgraduate master program at aPass ended for a group of 5 fellows. We had our performative end presentations, online, and celebrated with a glass of wine remotely. My contribution is a series of podcasts that can be found here. They are conversations with artists, museum directors, anthropologists, and revolve around the theme of museums and their … Continue reading Apass end presentation

Exhibition – Reset: Mar Menor

After two years of research, experimentation and production, the results of the project Reset: Mar Menor are being published. The exhibition Reset Mar Menor opens on 25th of October 2020 at Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània Museu, in València, Spain. The Institute for Relocation of Biodiversity is presenting the long term research on the mollusk Pinna nobilis, the great pen shell. The video tutorial “Relocation … Continue reading Exhibition – Reset: Mar Menor