Earth Potential, 2017

Earth Potential (E. Coli), 2017
Earth Potential (Lizard, Earth), 2017
Earth Potential (C.Elegans, Saturn’s Moon Titan), 2017

Eart PotentialKatja Novitskova is interested in how we literally 'see' nature through images, which we increasingly find online and in large databases. She focuses on how the size and the type of an image, and the way it reaches us, in turn influence our interpretation. Katja Novitskova presents two installations, both located in Bredene. One installation features three sculptures titled Earth Potential and is shown on the walkway next to the Staf Versluys Centre. The other installation called Pattern of Activation (Mutants), made especially for Beaufort, is shown on the beach of Bredene.

The sculptures Earth Potential (E.coli), Earth Potential (Lizard, Earth) and Earth Potential (C. Elegans, Saturn’s Moon Titan) feature online-sourced images of Earth, distant moon, and enlarged organisms like E. Coli bacteria, roundworm C. Elegans and a gecko, seemingly alien but actually terrestrial The sculptures explore perspectives that lie beyond what is visible to the human eye yet constitute our world. The images were created through advanced imaging techniques like a microscope that magnifies up to 10,000 times or a satellite orbiting the Earth. The artist questions the role of images in our perception of the world beyond the human scale, and the dichotomies of reality and fiction that arise from visual media.

While appearing otherworldly and futuristic in their presentation, these organisms inhabit the Earth and their existence is directly entangled with ours through kinship and their role in scientific research. Through scientific and poetic lenses, Novitskova invites to reflect on the ways in which Earth’s creatures have a potential to look at each other and identify mutual bonds.

Between Monday, September 4, and Wednesday, September 12, these artworks can not be viewed. These artworks are temporarily removed due to the continuation of a festival in this area.

Katja Novitskova

°1984 EstoniaKatja Novitskova
Katja Novitskova held solo exhibitions this year at the Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia (2018) and the Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2018). She participated in group exhibitions including The Dream of Forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2018), The Archaeology of the Screen, BOZAR, Brussels (2017), The Present in Drag, 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany (2016) and How to Gather, 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2015). In 2017 she made Earth Potential for a commission by the Public Art Fund in New York, and she represented Estonia at the Estonian pavilion of the Venice Art Biennale in 2017.


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