Panels Program (Wednesday)

‘Frontiers in Retreat’: Cosmopolitical Eco-Poetics in the North

Wed 15:00-16:40
Learning Centre, Juho

Taru Elfving, PhD, independent curatorial researcher / Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Hanna Husberg, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
mirko nikolić, PhD
Bartaku, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki

What are the methodologies of approaching ‘frontier’ sites, not as untouched or ‘wild’ terrain waiting to be colonized, but as zones of contact and transition? How can artists work within these remote locations and contribute to complex co-dependencies between human and other life forms? The panel presents our artistic and curatorial practices and discusses the shared commitment to emergent cosmopolitics, being attentive to all those affected and involved – also, and especially, agencies that are beyond the human.

Through a focus on air Hanna Husberg’s work investigates ways of perceiving, relating to, and imagining the environment in times of anthropogenic climate change.

mirko nikolić works on counter-extractivist ontopolytics, and unlearning of anthropocentric & capitalist survival ideologies.

Bartaku-works explore light, energy, plants, humans and their relationality, fused by worldviews that embrace the fluidity of the understanding of life.

Taru Elfving’s curatorial research focuses on transdisciplinary and site‐sensitive artistic investigations at the intersections of ecology and feminism.