Visual artists Rhoda Ting and Mikkel Dahlin Bojesen from Studio ThinkingHand talks about their artistic practice and installation Vita . Necro . Vita in Museum of the Future in conversation with dramaturg, curator and PhD scholar Anders Thrue Djurslev.
Transparent tubs inhabit the space. Inside, twisted, and pale creatures appear, like collapsed, organic sheets. From the tubs, they rise like wet, smelling, living pillars. As such, they challenge the bearing structures of our understanding of the world, often manifested in oppositions: culture and nature, industrial and organic, dead and alive. As such, they challenge the bearing structures of our understanding of the world, often manifested in essential oppositions: culture and nature, industrial and organic, dead and alive.
Studio ThinkingHand’ s installation in Museum of the Future is an iteration of the artist duo’s continuous artistic investigation of the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, abbreviated as SCOBY, under the title Vita . Necro . Vita (2019-). The SCOBY is abject: The material is difficult to term either alive or dead, industrial waste or new species, art object or subject. As living, ungendered waste, Studio ThinkingHand explores and demonstrates the agency of the SCOBY in the exhibition space in an attempt to give space and voice to other-than-human lifeforms.
Vita . Necro . Vita (2019-) is one of three artworks presented in Museum of the Future. In this conversation with the exhibition’s curator and dramaturg, Anders Thrue Djurslev, Studio ThinkingHand introduces their work with other lifeforms and a queer understanding of nature. Furthermore, the artist duo will answer how they have experienced being staged as part of a performance, as in the dramatized exhibition Museum of the Future.
The artist talk is a part of a series of dialogues held in Kunsthal Aarhus about futurity in contemporary art, supported by the Danish Arts Council.
Museum of the Future is a co-production between Kunsthal Aarhus, Sort/Hvid and Aarhus Teater, opening in Kunsthal Aarhus on August 31-September 24, 2022. The exhibition is experienced in small groups every day, beginning on 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm with a duration of one hour. Tickets are available through Aarhus Teater at aarhusteater.dk.