Kelp Diagram Collective focuses on subsurface observation, correspondence, and encounter with ‘the other’ in artistic and scientific processes. After a two-day field study of underwater kelp forests in collaboration with a diver and marine biologist, and through hands-on exploration of low-impact harvesting methods, a collective workspace will be set up to serve as a centre for material work and exchange. With a focus on two specific species of kelp: Laminaria hyperborea and Laminaria digitata, participants will adopt multiple positions through methods of immersion, imagination, visionary touch, and the use of analytical tools in a series of exercises on collective thinking-by-doing to sensitise for moments of perceived agency.
Sabine Popp is a PhD Candidate in the Fine Art department at the University of Bergen. Her research project Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes) examines performativity of algae, objects, and bodies in instances of observation in scientific research, industrial production and artistic encounter. Her research explores an attempt to twist the human-centered viewpoint to give materiality itself a dominant role. Popp gained a MA degree in Ceramics from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2001, with guest studies at the University of Barcelona (Sculpture) and at the Glasgow School of Arts (Environmental Art). Her practice has been mainly based on site-specific, temporary projects, following her interests for life in the High North. She has previously held a position as assistant professor in clay and ceramics, where she focused on practice and discourse around the object – its reading, application, format and context, as well as issues of materiality in a broader sense.
Anne Louise Blicher is a painter and printmaker whose work involves negotiating environmental concerns through explorations of how nature can be represented today. She is interested in re-modelling the idea of a classical landscape that requires us to look at nature as if it were a picture postcard – moving instead towards an understanding of the landscape as sensed; a wet zone full of microbes as a part of nature’s ecosystem inspired by Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) and his discovery of microorganisms. Her approach strives to honor the weed in the back yard as much as the exotic, and her practice portrays elements such as rocks, ruins, landscapes, plants, and geometric shapes in various states of flux, challenging normative linear and horizontal positions. She is inspired by ‘graphic anthropology’ as an inscriptive imaginary documentation technique consisting of onsite and post-situ transcriptive processes based on field observations using different generative processes and filters.
Robin Everett is a British artist living and working in Bergen, Norway. Outside of his own practice he is a founding member of Bergen text-based art collective TEXST; and a member of Mustarinda Association based in Finland. He gained his Master’s degree from the Bergen Academy of Art in 2018 and has since exhibited both in Norway and abroad. His practice employs video, text, and sculpture as equal extensions of time-based media to focus on non-human structures and scales of temporality. The work addresses this situation as a cartography of multiple levels, processes, and conceptualisations of time overlapping, where a geologic slowness is intricately entangled with micro-temporalities.
Heidi Hart is a Pushcart Prize-winning poet, musician, and environmental-humanities researcher who divides her time between the western U.S. mountains and Scandinavia. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. (German Studies) from Duke University. She has been teaching language and culture courses at Utah State University (including environmental humanities and Nordic literature and film) and will teach related courses at Weber State University beginning in the autumn of 2019. She has also guest-taught at Linnaeus University in Sweden, including an eco-writing workshop in 2018, and has directed a Sustainability in Scandinavia study-abroad program for American undergraduates. Her most recent publications focus on the role of sound in environmental media.
Marcellvs L. was born in 1980 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and since 2006 lives between Berlin and Seyðisfjörður. Working in both video and sound, he has exhibited internationally since the year 2000. Among recent solo exhibitions are Ontologia Lenta at Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo (2018), Slow Ontology at carlier | gebauer (2015) in Berlin, COMMA34 at Bloomberg Space in London (2011) and VideoRhizome at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and Biennials such as 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008), 9th Biennale of Lyon (2007) and 27th Biennale of São Paulo (2006). He has exhibited at MAC – Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2014), Helsinki Art Museum (2013), Astrup Fearnley Museet em Oslo (2013), Living Art Museum em Reykjavik (2011), Reina Sofia (2008), ZKM (2008) and Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo (2007).
Francisco Beltrame Trento is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CERADA, The University of The Arts Helsinki, a participant in the Senselab, and former postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University (2018-2019). His research interests range from research-creation, film studies, non-human ecologies, spectrality, radical pedagogy, and neurodiversity. His Ph.D. was in Communications and Semiotics. Recently, he has been focusing on the production of multimodal artistic research propositions, gestated in the form of texts, video and coding platforms, especially thinking how to think (an)archives that do not mainly rely on neurotypical standards, broadening the definition of archiving to earthly materialities, and their geological, biological and systemic changes due to mass human interference and extraction.
Kelp Diagram Collective will share their research insights on Saturday 21st of September at 15:30 in The Old Second Hand Shop.