Schering Stiftung

Exhibition 

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View
Photo: Ink Agop

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View
Photo: Ink Agop

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View
Photo: Ink Agop

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Installation View
Photo: Ink Agop

Photo: Jenna Sutela: Milky Ways, 2022, video still. A project in collaboration with Primer

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery

Duration:

September 15 – November 27, 2022

Exhibition opening:

Wednesday, 14. September 2022, 6–10 p.m.

Opening hours:

Thursday and Friday, 1–7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.


In the exhibition Stellar Nursery, the Finnish artist Jenna Sutela presents her latest body of works exploring the science and poetics around human milk. In particular, she is interested in ongoing research around the psychobiotic potential of breast milk as well as the possibilities to culture it in a lab. The show features a sculpture titled HMO nutrix (2022) and the video Milky Ways (2022), which was made in collaboration with the Danish art and science platform Primer.

HMO nutrix is a bubbling fountain of synthetic human milk powered by deconstructed breast pumps. The artist describes the sculpture as a “live milk feed,” and the work meditates on feedback mechanisms between human and more-than-human life forms (e.g., microorganisms) as they bond through bodily fluids. The fluid in the sculpture includes human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which are potent sugars found in breast milk that, according to recent research, are indigestible by infants yet feed their gut bacteria, protecting them against diseases and possibly even shaping the development of their nervous systems.

The HMOs are also the protagonists of Milky Ways, a video that takes its viewer on a journey through a gut machine, or a Simulator of Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem fed with human milk. The simulator in the video is located at the University of Copenhagen, which the artist had access to when researching HMOs and filming this work. Sutela’s interaction with the machine, as well as with the scientists at the Center for Basic Metabolic Research, resulted in a poetic take on the changing landscape of the breast-gut-brain axis. This metaphor, as used by the artist, serves to sensitize us to the different kinds of interactions taking place among the multifarious life forms native to the human body, expanding the limits of our consciousness outside the cortex. Sutela wanted to highlight the mysteries of bodily functions, impossible to fully replicate in a lab, and focus on all the ways in which we are part and parcel of our environment. The video zooms both in on the gut and out to space.

The exhibition room is animated with biomimetic song by the German Khoomei singer Arjopa, tuning into an environment of milky streams and bubbles.

The exhibition was realized with the support of Haus der Kunst. The HMOs were provided by Inbiose. The video Milky Ways (2022) is a collaboration between Jenna Sutela and Primer. Milky Ways was supported by Screen City Biennale and will be presented as part of their program Other Minds from September 23 to October 20 at the Archenhold Observatory, Schering Stiftung as well as public venues around the city. The production of Milky Ways was funded by the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark, Nordic Cultural Foundation, The Bikuben Foundation, The Danish Arts Council, Frame Finland, and Obelske Family Foundation.

 

 

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Side events 

Tête-à-Tête with Jenna Sutela

September 17, 2022, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
with artists from the Berlin Art Week festival programme as well as actors from the arts and culture in Wedding

Talk with Jenna Sutela: 5:10pm
Moderation: Jackie Grassmann
BAW Garten
Uferstraße 8-11, at Uferhallen, Wedding, 13357 Berlin

Link to Berlin Art Week

Jenna Sutela in conversation

October 18, 2022, 6–8 p.m.
with Sissel Tolaas, artist and smell researcher and Sarah Johanna Theurer, Curator, Haus der Kunst, Munich
Moderated by Christina Landbrecht, Program Director, Art at Schering Stiftung and Curator of Stellar Nursery

Venue: Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32-34
10117 Berlin

Lecture on the components of breast milk and their potential for infant health

November 08, 2022, 6–8 p.m.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Silvia Rudloff, Professor of Nutrition and Immune System at the Department of Nutritional Science, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Venue: Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32-34
10117 Berlin

Gallery

Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung
Opening of Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery on September 14, 2022 at Schering Stiftung

Gallery of the Opening

Jenna Sutela: Stellar Nursery

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Für Jenna Sutela sind das menschliche Mikrobiom und das Weltall miteinan­der verbunden, der Milchzucker und der Verstand, der Darm und die Seele. [...] In ihrem Werk zieht Jenna Sutela faszinierende Verbin­dungslinien durch den menschlichen Körper, vom Einzeller aus der Urzeit zur intergalaktischen Zukunft vom Darm bis zum Verstand. Ihre Kunst ist das Werk von Mikroorganismen.

Simone Reber in: Tagesspiegel, 13. September 2022

Partners 

This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

Berlin Art Week
Haus der Kunst München

The Artist 

Jenna Sutela (b. 1983, Turku, Finland) works with living organisms such as bacteria and slime mold as well as with sound and language. In her audiovisual works, sculptures, and performances, the artist creates connections between biological entities and technologies. Her particular interest is in the productive interaction between human and non-human organisms. In her work “nimiia cétii,” for example, she created a novel written language whose machine-generated characters are based on capturing and copying the movements of Bacillus subtilis nattō. In 2019/20, Sutela was a visiting artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. Sutela’s works have been shown at Castello di Rivoli (2022), Liverpool Biennial (2021), Kunsthall Trondheim (2020), ZKM Karlsruhe (2020), Serpentine Galleries (2019), Kiasma, Helsinki (2017), and others.

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