Human-nature relationship is Haapoja’s theme

Updated 2017-06-27 11:05:10 Shanghai Daily

A large-scale installation by New York-based Finnish artist Terike Haapoja is displayed at the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai. The exhibition, titled "Closed Circuit — Open Duration," consists of several overlapping works that are presented in different combinations.

Haapoja uses soil, plants, light, sound, video and various scientific research media such as carbon and oxygen sensors to look into different aspects of the human-nature relationship. Together these works create a garden in which organic, digital, electronic, human and non-human processes overlap.

In the core of the exhibition is the concept of a world not structured by unconscious objects, but a world of relations and of meanings.

In this view, "scientific" technologies are not somewhere outside this world but imbedded in it — the same way the technologies of trees or of other species are imbedded in our shared reality. They are interfaces through which we gain knowledge and interact with the world, but never simply boundaries between mind and matter.

The installations investigate ways by which we can perceive the world beyond our senses, and seek for possibilities for interaction between human and the non-human world. The works use methods of environmental research to realize this interaction; different elements, such as the circulation of carbon dioxide, sound waves or changes in light, merge into the same process with the movement of the viewer.

Visitors become inhabitants of the garden, as they wonder through different spaces and sceneries. Mortality, communication, otherness inside and surrounding us become the themes of the exhibition.

"Closed Circuit — Open Duration"

Date: Through September 3

Venue: Chronus Art Center

Address: Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Rd

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