The exhibition Weather Report: Forecasting Future in Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is themed around the complex and varied relations between the human and nonhuman in an age when climate change and mass extinction are threatening the future of life on Earth. When imagining the future, humans face the responsibility of acknowledging multispecies entanglements and the need to renegotiate existing interspecies relations.
Weather Report: Forecasting Future is an exhibition looking at the relationship between humans and other life forms. Its main premise is that, in order to build the future, we must deepen our understanding of how species interact and depend on each other.
The featured artists give visibility to life forms that are easily disregarded by humans. Organisms such as microbes, algae and insects live in our midst, yet they often remain imperceptible due to their tiny size or slow rhythm. These nonhuman creatures are both the subject matter and co-
Finnish artist collective nabbteeri typically begin by mapping the place where they are temporarily set up. They gather the materials on site and incorporate recycled objects that evolve into mesh-
In the Nordic Pavilion nabbteeri delved into the materiality of the Pavilion and the Giardini. The hospitality that was both shown and rejected by the building itself was under their scrutiny, especially bird spikes that signal the unwantedness of the pigeons in the pavilion. In Kiasma, nabbteeri’s installation focuses on more-
Norwegian Ane Graff creates works that combine her material research with a broad range of research disciplines, e.g. microbiology and chemistry. Through her installations, she confronts the allegedly stable, science-
The states of inflammation in Graff’s works refer to the connections between climate change, Western societies driven by economic growth, the extinction of immune-
Swedish Ingela Ihrman weaves together imagination, craft techniques, as well as sensibilities and personal experiences in her objects, moving images and texts. Drawing on the feminist performance tradition, she uses her own body to critically analyse culture-
Her algae installation tells a story of the liquid origins of human bodies and the existing connections between diverse lifeforms. Silent, large-
The exhibition is curated by Kiasma’s director Leevi Haapala and curator Piia Oksanen.
Weather Report had its debut in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. The exhibition was produced by Kiasma and staged as a Nordic collaboration between Kiasma, Sweden’s Moderna Museet and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). After Kiasma the exhibition travels to Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art in Vaasa.
The exhibition Weather Report: Forecasting Future is supported by Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Saastamoinen Foundation and Ministry of Education and Culture.
Exhibition January 31 -
Mannerheiminaukio 2, FIN-
View of Weather Report: Forecasting Future in the Nordic Pavilion in Venice. Photo: Finnsh National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen.
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