Cooking For The Apocalypse

Hertog Nadler, Harvest, 2013, Production still from HD experimental film

The galleries of the Academy of Fine Arts will be closed from the public from 30 November 2020 until 10 January 2021.

What does it mean to be cooking for the apocalypse? Are we exploring some sort of crisis driven cuisine? Do we refer to how we treat animals and plants - to the way we threaten their very existence, and therefore our own?

With more than a dozen of specially commissioned and site-specific artworks - including videos, installations, photography and performance - Cooking for the Apocalypse is dealing directly with interspecies relations in times of crisis, as mediated by art and technology. The exhibition focuses on how interspecies relations are dreamed and dreaded in contemporary art with its advanced technological arsenal.

Cooking for the Apocalypse challenges our ancient relationship with nature that has been broken in the age of consumerism, with the animals that once were at the center of our existence now marginalized and reduced to a spectacle.

The exhibition explores interactions between animals and humans, using advanced technology-based art, as a collective experience and shared responsibility. Through works investigating solidarity and equality, the exhibition examines ethics in human-animal relations and the consequences on our mutual wellbeing. It suggests new artistic (research) and emphatic strategies as ways to emancipate our perception from seeing animals merely as subjects for the politics of consumption; as products or threats.

Exhibition Laboratory in its entirety is transformed during the exhibition to an open atelier, which will act as an experimental space for the audience to engage with these global burning issues, from Australia and the Amazon to the West Coast, Siberia and the Arctic Circle.

Cooking for the Apocalypse is a group exhibition of international and Finland-based artists, including (in alphabetical order) :

AGF, Mika Elo, Jack Faber, Ewa Górzna & Katarzyna Miron, Kalle Hamm, Kholods Hawash, Jakob Johannsen, Marte Kiessling, Guy Königstein, Hanna Mattes, Hertog Nadler, Alexander Semenov, Mia Seppälä, Ran Slavin, Pavel Wolberg

The exhibition is supported by Deutsche Botschaft, Helsinki.
Text by Jack Faber.

Symposium and book launch, KuvA Research Days, Dec 9, 2020

Symposium: Eco Noir – Dark Day For The Bright Future

Eco Noir – A Companion for Precarious Times. Eds. Jack Faber and Anna Shraer. Research in Arts collaborative reader. Academy of Fine Arts at Uniarts Helsinki publishing, 2020.

This book accompanying the exhibition is a textual and visual collaborative exploration of interspecies relations in time of crisis, featuring the original artworks and writings of 34 prominent artists and researchers. Eco Noir suggests new readings into the fragile and complex ways in which we inhabit and share our environment with other species through engaging meeting points formed by the tension and correlation between texts and artworks. In that, it acts as a cartography for cultural and artistic strategies.

‘Eco Noir’ shows how relations with other species correspond with ancient tales and rumours while offering new ways in which humans and animals can join to create a contemporary common story.

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Exhibition Laboratory

Merimiehenkatu 36 C

00150, Helsinki

Permanently closed