Humanity is at a turning point. Individually and collectively, if they want to survive, human beings need to change their way of connecting with the world but also with each other. Is Manichaeism the only solution? Should we only think in terms of utopia and dystopia in order to discover new avenues?
Sonic Acts Academy is a three-day festival at the intersection of innovative audio-visual and performative art and critical thinking, motivated by changes in the ecological, political, technological and social landscape. The Academy also invites visitors to join for a conference that features cutting-edge emerging and well-known artistic voices.
The starting point for the research project On-Trade-Off is the raw material lithium, a naturally occurring element (number three on the periodic table), and its crucial role in the global transition towards a ‘green and fossil fuel free economy’. With: Sammy Baloji, Marjolijn Dijkman, Jean Katambayi, Musasa, Georges Senga, Daddy Tshikaya, Maarten Vanden Eynde.
With the exhibition Polarities - Psychology and Politics of Being Ecological – including the projects of this years winners of the BAD Award – MU stays with the Anthropocene trouble by tapping in on the extremities of our time, seen from the collaborative perspectives of scientists and artists, without losing sight of the way we must eventually all learn how to cope with drastic changes.
'The Extended Mind' proposes that our cognition – that is our mind, thoughts, reasoning, perception, imagination, intelligence, emotion and experience – does not just take place within our brains. It also takes place through our bodies and the broader world and enabled by all the tools, technologies, institutions, materials and techniques we might use to orientate our understanding of where we are in the world.
The Dutch contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano comprises a programme of events in Milan, Rotterdam, and a publication. It takes the complex relationships between light and dark, between seeing and not seeing, as a starting point for an exploration of their conflicting effects on humans, the Earth and other organisms.
On-Trade-Off: The Weight of Wonders is an artistic trajectory initiated by Picha (DRC) and Enough Room for Space (BE). The exhibition shows works by Sammy Baloji, Marjolijn Dijkman, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Musasa, Jean Katambayi, Georges Senga and Daddy Tshikaya. On-Trade-Off highlights lithium (li3), which is considered 'the new black gold' because of its crucial role in the global transition to a fossil-free economy.
Future Genealogies, Tales From The Equatorial Line takes the Equator’s imaginary line not as one of demarcation—the majestic Congo River disregards it by straddling it twice—but rather of imbrication. At its closest a place where earth gravity alleviates and where the poles’ magnetic attractions balance each other, the equatorial latitude opens the possibility for narratives that respond to alternate compasses, recognizes new centers of gravity and where de-polarized stories can unfold.
The Screen City Biennial 2019 aims to present, facilitate and examine art and artistic inquiry questioning the effect of human action on implicated ecologies.
‘Reclaiming Vision’, Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen will be shown on an immersive widescreen format at the Levyhalli hall at Suomenlinna. The cinematic piece features various processes in brackish water and its inhabitants that are hidden to the naked human eye. Curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi.