Essi Kausalainen explores interspecies communication in her new series of performances, Symbiogenesis. Approaching objects and spaces as co-performers, she builds companionships and complex interactions between humans, plants, animals and minerals. Focusing on the intimacy of the organic and inorganic bodies - the leaking, the digesting, the resonant - the work grows into systems that take the likeness of a mycorrhiza, the symbiotic body of plant and fungi.
Kausalainen (based in Helsinki, Finland) has presented her work recently in Moderna Museet Malmö, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Matadero Madrid, Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen, and SAVVY Contemporary Berlin. In 2015 she was in residency at Wysing Arts Centre, which gave rise to her new work developed in collaboration with Dr Uta Paszkowski, Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.
Dr. Luciana Parisi is Reader in Cultural Theory at the Centre for Cultural Studies and co-director of the Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths. Specifically engaging with cybernetics, information theories, and evolutionary theories, her work analyses the radical transformations of the body, nature, matter and thought led by the technocapitalist development of biotechnologies and computation.