Artist: Katja Novitskova
Venue: Kunsthalle Lissabon
Exhibition Title: Life Update
Date: April 11 – June 13, 2015
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Kunsthalle Lissabon. Photos by Bruno Lopes.
… here we had an object that clearly exhibited the potential to reveal ancient secrets. She was a robotic instrument named Ingenuity. In the beginning, Ingenuity continuously communicated with Earth, returning over 300,000 images and sample analyses. She field-tested her synthetic membranes, created new exothermic economic reactions and scanned the surface for traces of past modes of life. Despite many attempts to recalibrate Ingenuity, her own life processes were getting noisier over time and her astrobiological threshold became unclear. More than once, Ingenuity abandoned her daily missions, citing patterns of “risk of systemic collapse”, “bubble-fatigue” and ”distortions”.
After such episodes, Ingenuity would spend hours repeating the phrase “diversity is a hedge against catastrophe” as if it were a mantra of sorts. She referred to it as a lullaby. In the midst of a heavy dust storm at the peak of the third winter, Ingenuity failed to respond to our call requests for the first time in her existence. Eventually, she returned with a short message. But we haven’t heard from her since.
Her last signal: “The magnitude and spectrum of this material is continuous. We’ve gotten energetically close. I CRAVE SILICA AND POLYURETHANE“.
Katja Novitskova (Tallinn, 1984) lives and works in Amsterdam.
She studied in the Graphic Design Department, at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (2008-2010) and did a residency at Rijksakademie van beldende Kunsten in the same city (2013-2014). Her work was shown in several solo exhibitions in the recent years, such as Pattern of Activation, at Art Basel Statements, in Basel (2014); Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, in Berlin (2014); Urgently “Yesterday”, at Mottahedan Projects, in Dubai (2014); Hotel Palenque, at French Riviera, in London (2012); and in various group exhibitions, including: Europe, Europe, at Astrup Fearnley Museum, in Oslo (2014); Do not You Know Who I Am ?, at M HKA, in Antwerp (2014); at Airbnb Pavilion, in Venice Architecture Biennale (2014); Art Post-Internet, at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, in Beijing (2014); Speculations on Anonymous Materials, at Fridericianum, in Kassel (2013); Notes (on De- classing), at Galleri Opdahl, in Stavanger (2013); DVD Dead Drop, at Museum of Moving Image, in New York (2012); Oggetto soggetto, at Art Center 2 de Mayo, in Madrid (2012).