DECOMPOSER SYNDICATE

Decomposer Syndicate (2020), Video Installation, video shot at Lappeenranta Art Museum in February 2020.

Decomposer Syndicate is an installation that is set in the imaginary future, in the year 2070. The piece depicts a meeting room of an activist group.

In t 2070, the climate change has been stopped and the social system has changed completely. After degrowth of consuming and oil consumption, various decomposing organisms have become increasingly important to society. Global capitalism has come to an end. Mass production of meat has ceased. Using fungi as translators people have learned how to communicate with different species.

The installation contains four animations. On the installation table three screens show time-lapse animations of slime molds and decaying plants in a style of an educational video. One screen that shows a slime mold animation is also placed on the wall.

Slime mold is an organism which is classified as amoeba and it consists mainly of cytoplasm. They live mainly on rotten wood and are neither plants nor animals. Although slime molds lacks muscles, brains and a nervous system, they are able to move.They spend most of their lives as individual one cell creatures, but when a chemical signal is received, that happens when food is short, they assemble into a cluster that acts as one organism. The cells don’t only come together but they really form one organism.

In this piece slime mold is a symbol of collectivity and posthumanistic thinking. The whole artwork manifests the the unity of the biosphere and the importance of all the living beings. When everything is dependent on everything, even of the smallest micro-organisms become crucial.

DECOMPOSER SYNDICATE MANIFESTO:

The Decomposer Syndicate demands that the outdated term ‘consumer’ be replaced by the term ‘decomposer’. The new saprotrophic trend recognises all materials’ potential for decomposing and the broader spectrum of nutrient cycling. We have great respect for slime mould, arthropods, bacteria, fungi and polypores.

Equality – which we take for granted between humans and animals – must extend to cover the more simple organisms such as amoebas, regardless of the species.

We are also concerned about the widespread idea of the new so-called free trade zone. We have all heard this before, and anyone familiar with 20th century history will shudder at the thought. Nobody wants to replace the freedom of association, freedom from the mechanisms of value creation or political and economic intellectualism with a retrograde capitalist system.

It is true that all fossil fuels were formed before the development of fungi. However, the Decomposer Syndicate believes that it is wrong to blame fungi for burning oil and for the resulting carbon dioxide emissions. We demand that the widely-spread blaming of fungi for this as well as other forms of their discrimination and, at worst, their mass destruction be stopped right now.

When we talk about getting organised, we are not talking about a chain, and especially not about a pyramid. No. We are talking about mycorrhiza or mycelium. We will learn from the fan-shaped growth of phaneroplasmodium on decaying wood. We move, mycelium-like, forward, backward, sideways and up and down.

Not consumers but decomposers!

Dust to dust, through compost and arthropods!

We will all be one in the end!

MIRACLE WORKERS COLLECTIVE: Killing of Čáhcerávga

The Miracle Workers Collective (MWC) presented their inaugural project, A Greater Miracle of Perception, for the Finnish Alvar Aalto Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The MWC is formed and informed by a transdisciplinary and anational community of artists, filmmakers, writers, intellectuals, performers, and activists.

The Miracle Workers Collective is:

writer Maryan Abdulkarim
scriptwriter Khadar Ahmed
writer Hassan Blasim
choreographer Sonya Lindfors
artist Outi Pieski
artist Leena Pukki
artist Martta Tuomaala
artist Lorenzo Sandoval
cinematographer Christopher L. Thomas
storyteller Suvi West
curator Giovanna Esposito Yussif
curator Christopher Wessels
and curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

Miracle Workers Collective’s film work The Killing of Čáhcerávga is a collision of five different short films that, together, tell a disjointed, communal narrative. Employing a call-and-response strategy, the film expresses a politicised dialogue around indigeneity, movement and migration in contemporary Europe.

The collective share an interest in exploring the potentiality in disciplinary disobedience.

Travelling through dreamscapes, lonely snowy plains, absurdist capitalist underwaters, greenhouse gardens and desert landscapes, the film stretches into a practice of impossible spatial rules, strange dialogue practices, and inconclusive, unresolved scenic endings.

IN SEARCH OF PERFECTION

In Search of Perfection, 2017. Clay animation, HD, 19:47″ 

In Search of Perfection visualises beauty ideal through interviews of plastic surgeons. During animation the plasticine copy of the artist’s own head molds similar to the beauty ideal surgeons describe in the interviews, which are heard as a sound of the piece. 

Animation tries to clarify what would look a perfect face nowadays. Often the features that differ from beauty ideal are seen as abnormalities, that has to be fixed. What do we search when we search for better appearance?