Jenna Sutela: Microbes I Have Known and Loved

12 April 2017

Jupiter Woods is pleased to invite you to a talk by artist Jenna Sutela (FI/DE), coinciding with her residency at SPACE Art + Technology.

The title of the talk ‘Microbes I Have Known and Loved’ refers to self-exploration through embodied substances: the bacteria that make us who we are or a dose of Physarum polycephalum, the single-celled yet “many-headed” slime mold, also known as a natural computer, ingested as a form of artificial intelligence in Sutela’s recent performances. The talk will move through the human microbiome, among other exceedingly complex biological and computational systems, ultimately unknowable and in a constant state of becoming. Based on an understanding of oneself as interconnected with the wider environment, it proposes a profound shift is subjectivity—one beyond anthropocentrism and individualism.

Jenna Sutela’s installations, text and sound performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often with regard to technology. Her work has been presented at the ICA in London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and writing published by Fiktion, Harvard Design Magazine, and Sternberg Press. http://jennasutela.com/

Drinks sponsored by Jarr Kombucha