Author: Kristine Krauze-Slucka
Technology: video projection, six installations of biomorphic hyperobjects
Orgatopia is a manipulative study of the resistance of plants, made by influencing their physiology for several months by various mechanical methods. Combining these modified plants with inorganic materials and electronic solutions, the author created a video projection and six installations of biomorphic, kinetic hyperobjects.
The fictional causal logic of the artwork rises from the soil-landscape observed during walks, where other, inorganic materials, such as plastic pipes, wires, cables, various waste, and construction material remnants, often protrude outside the grass, trees, and bushes. This landscape is nothing unusual. It has become as self-evident to us as nature itself. As if almost resembling a harmonious coexistence, where there is a slow but gradual fusion of organic and inorganic structures. These are hyperobjects that take up so much dimensional space that they are invisible to humans for a long time.
The result of the work is a fictitious registration of an as yet incomprehensible process, dedicated to the existential possibility to approach the conditions of environmental change through the polar experience of the aggressor and the victim. Thinking of the environment as something abstract and distant, somewhere out there, and to do the opposite.
Kristine Krauze-Slucka (1979) has obtained a master's degree in the Visual Communication Department of the Art Academy of Latvia (2020). She studies the topic of changes in the relationship between man and nature, paying attention to the processes of adaptation and hybridization, often focusing on the materiality aspects of the chosen media. The artist participates in exhibitions in Latvia since 2017, including the Centenary Exhibition of the Art Academy of Latvia in the exhibition hall ARSENĀLS (2019) of the Latvian National Museum of Art with the artwork Obedient Touch. She also received a scholarship from the Foundation of the painter Valdemars Tones (2020).
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