• Exhibition

Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil

  • Industrial design and products
  • Urban planning
  • Sustainability
Sep 10, Tue 16:00-21:00
Sep 11, Wed 08:00-21:00
Sep 12, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 13, Fri 08:00-20:00
Otakaari 1X
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all

Location: Beta Space gallery, Otakaari 1X, 02150 Espoo
Schedule: 10 to 26 September 2019

Traces from the Anthropocene. Working with Soil is a multidisciplinary research project that addresses the ecological consequences of the human footprint through ceramic art. The project took place before and during the Research Pavilion in the context of the Venice Biennale 2019, the world’s best-known contemporary art event. As ceramists traditionally work with local earth, the research is situated in the local environment of the Biennale, the Venice lagoon area.

During the process, local soil was gathered and then analyzed for anthropogenic contaminants. Local brick clay was used to create large ceramic forms, and finally, the analyzed, contaminated soil was used to paint the ceramic vessels. In this project, craft making is understood as a philosophical space to think through the ethical and ecological concerns related to the stage of the environment.

This project has been a collaboration between the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Chemical Engineering and the Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE.

Working group: The research is conducted by an international group of artist-researchers led by Aalto University: Maarit Mäkelä, professor, project leader; Riikka Latva-Somppi, artist-researcher, curator; Priska Falin, artist-researcher; Pauliina Purhonen, research assistant (all Aalto University).
Catharina Kajander, artist, Aalto University alumna; Ozgu Gundeslioglu, Akdeniz University, Turkey; Hannu Revitzer, Aalto University.
The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE: Jussi Reinikainen, Senior research scientist; Outi Pyy, Leading expert; Ulla Ala-Ketola and Hannele Ahponen, Communications specialists. Exhibition team: Aalto University MA students Tzuyu Chen and Hanna Kutvonen.
Contact: riikka.latva-somppi@aalto.fi

This exhibition is part of Aalto University’s Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition ensemble at Otaniemi.
More info: bit.ly/acoolerplanet

Aalto University Otaniemi: Designs for a Cooler Planet

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