SUPERNATURAL – In the Same World
Oulu Museum of Art 29.5.–17.10.2021

SUPERNATURAL is an international exhibition of contemporary art. Its core is formed by hyper-realistic sculptures, which are complemented by various kinds of sculptural objects, installations, video art and photographs. According to geologists, our world has shifted into a new era, the Anthropocene, in the mid-20th century. This new age is characterised by massive, partly irreversible effects of human activity on our planetary conditions. SUPERNATURAL reflects on humanity, its future and the relationship between humans and their living and technologically produced companions. The big question is what will the conditions for living on this shared planet become.

The artworks by more than thirty artists pose questions and explore the following notions: Who or what will we become? What will our bodies look like in the future? What kind of environment will we live in? How will the nature react? What effect will technological development have on our mental states?

Genetic engineering and artificial intelligence already make it possible to modify nature, animals, plants, even humans. The future brings both threats and possibilities, but these developments are rarely simply black and white, good or bad. Technological innovations, such as 3D printing, robotics and synthetic biology, have influenced the ways the artists work: their materialities, expression, themes and subjects. Some of the artists work in an Art & Science context in interaction with various fields of science or as participants in collaborative research.

Exhibition concept: Nicole Fritz, Kunsthalle Tübingen

Curated by: Maximilian Letze (Institut für Kulturaustausch), Elina Vieru (Oulu Museum of Art)

In collaboration with: Institut für Kulturaustausch

Featured artists: Banz & Bowinkel (Friedemann Banz & Giulia Bowinkel), Hicham Berrada, Lee Bul, Anne Carnein, Anna Dumitriu & Alex May, Anna Estarriola, Isa Genzken, Glaser/Kunz (Daniel Glaser & Magdalena Kunz), Thomas Grünfeld, Sam Jinks, Krištof Kintera, Josh Kline, Peter Land, Lucia Leuci, Goshka Macuga, Reiner Maria Matysik, Maurice Mbikayi, Fabien Mérelle, Patricia Piccinini, Santissimi (Sara Renzetti & Antonello Serra), SUPER VIVAZ (Lina Baltruweit & Johannes Breuninger), Maija Tammi, Anna Uddenberg, Andro Wekua, Pinar Yoldas.

 

Top: Sam Jinks, Doghead, 2008, silicone, human hair, fur, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumf, Sydney/Singapore. Photo: Graham Baring
Banner: Isa Genzken, Schauspieler III, 3, 2015, mixed media, 9 mannequins, Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York. Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main

Anna Dumitriu & Alex May, ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life Form, 2018, 3D-printed underwater robot with AI-controlled neural network, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May. Photo: Vanessa Graf /Ars Electronica

Fabien Mérelle, Butterfly in my mind (detail), 2013, silicone, resin, paint, hair, fabric, Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

Anna Uddenberg, Savage #7 (zero g), 2017, mixed media, Aldala Collection of Diamond-Newman Fine Arts LLC. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski