Jenna Sutela: I Magma

2 Oct 2019

Jenna Sutela:
I Magma

Jenna Sutela is a Finnish-born, Berlin-based artist who works with words, sounds and other living materials to create experimental installations and performances that bring together biology, technology and cosmology. Her new work, I Magma, exists in two related parts: an app for mobile devices developed with the Serpentine in collaboration with Memo Akten and Allison Parrish, and an installation exhibited at Moderna Museet, Stockholm. 

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The installation features a series of custom made head-shaped lava lamps whose movements act as a 'seed'; in generating the app's visuals and language. Using live camera footage of the lava flow in combination with the routes of app users, it allows the users to receive divinatory readings based on collectively formed shapes. The commission expands Sutela's research into alternative forms of intelligence by applying chemical and digital processes in the creation of an oracle.

This project is part of an ongoing relationship between the Serpentine and Sutela that began during the GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon in 2017. 

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Jenna Sutela Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland

Jenna Sutela, Oceanic Feeling, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland