Jenna Sutela: I Magma (App)

Serpentine Online

2 Oct 2019 to 12 Jan 2020

Jenna Sutela:
I Magma (App)

Download the I Magma app

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 work, I Magma, is in two parts: an app for mobile devices which can be downloaded and experienced anywhere, and an exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.  The I Magma app is developed with the Serpentine in collaboration with Memo Akten and Allison Parrish Please note the exhibition element of the commission, an installation of blown glass head-shaped lava lamps, is on view in Stockholm. Visitors in London can see an example of the blown glass heads in our Serpentine Shop.

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The physical installation at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 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 Serpentine commission expands Sutela's research into alternative forms of intelligence by applying chemical and digital processes in the creation of an oracle, accessed via an app from mobile devices.

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

I Magma, Moderna Museet

I Magma, Moderna Museet

Mud Muses – A Rant About Technology”, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, 2019. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet.