Pattern of Activation (Mutants), 2018
Katja 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.
For Pattern of Activation (Mutants) Novitskova has researched changes in the ecology of the Belgian coast due to climate change and the construction of pipelines and windfarms. The number and variety of animal bodies that wash up on the beach can indirectly be used to measure the human impact on the ecosystem. If this change is slow to observe, it introduces a species that is in its utmost form manipulated and foreign to the coast, namely the C. Elegans worm. The C. Elegans are used as model organisms in experiments for medical and biotechnological research because of their distant kinship to humans and the ‘simplicity’ of their body structures. Since decades, the genes of the worm have been mutated, so their test results are more readable, the very composition of the species needing to adapt to laboratory microscopes in a direct utilitarian way, along with technology. The work shows this worm’s eggs in the process of development, blown up to grotesque size, transforming them into what might be an egg nest of a futuristic mutant species or a small Stonehenge.
Katja Novitskova had 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.
Beach zone post 6, entrance to the Koninklijke baan at the Koerslaan, Bredene
- Tram stop: Bredene Renbaan
- Cycling node: 56
- Walking node: 57