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LOVERS - Art Exhibition

The artworks exhibited are based on the exchange between Dr Uta Paszkowski & the artist Essi Kausalainen. They explore the body of mycorrhiza, the idea of a respective & caring coexistence. They invite the audience to observe, to wonder & ask questions, and enjoy the sensuality and the joy of this process in the surroundings of the Scholars' Garden.
When Oct 16, 2017 12:10 PM to
Oct 29, 2017 12:10 PM
Where St John’s College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP
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LOVERS

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The artworks exhibited are based on the exchange between Dr Uta Paszkowski & the artist Essi Kausalainen. They explore the body of mycorrhiza, the idea of a respective & caring coexistence. They invite the audience to observe, to wonder & ask questions, and enjoy the sensuality and the joy of this process in the surroundings of the Scholars' Garden.

The idea of Truth is both seductive and dangerous. It is dangerous when considered as a fixed monument, as a static, unquestionable entity. But when approached as an open ended process, as an active practice of questioning Truth -and the desire for truth- can fuel wondrous things. It can form the basis for scientific as well as artistic endeavors amongst others. Opening an endless flow of questions it fertilizes our curiosity and gives us courage to step into the unknown terrains.

The exchange between scientist Dr. Paszkowski and artist Kausalainen rises out of their shared interest in mycorrhizal symbiosis, and from their passionate practices of figuring out the world. Operating on very different vocabulary and scale, both of them seek for knowledge on our being as part of the ecosystem of bodies, things and thoughts. Like mycorrhiza, this dialogue grows out of the difference between the two.  When looking for truth, when trying to see things clearly, we need multiple voices. We need dialogue and surprising questions. We need curiosity and openness towards the other ways of being and doing. 

The artworks exhibited explore the body of mycorrhiza, the idea of a respective and caring coexistence: a dialogue in which bodies of different shape and scale extend their being and understanding of the world with the help of the other. Based on the scientific facts the outcome is a series of playful and somewhat ambiguous artworks: We hear an audio of two melodies creating harmonies, we see a pdf presentation on a laptop screen where letters appear one by one growing into words, into meanings, and then disappearing. Instead of building traditional narratives or offering answers, these works set themselves into the logic of an ecosystem. By doing this they invite the audience to observe, to wonder and ask questions, and to enjoy the sensuality and the joy of this process in the surroundings of St John's Garden.

LOVERS – an exchange between Uta Paszkowski and artist Essi Kausalainen.