Extracting iron from the blood contained in human placentas and turning it into a compass needle, a study of how sound affects the growth of bacteria in the sewer, to cleaning polluted wastewater in an attempt to make it drinkable, conveys the outline of artist Cecilia Jonsson’s talk around fluid matters. This presentation will be anchored in the formulation of concepts and the practical execution behind the works Haem, Contemporary Diagram – Berlin and Per Capital. Three projects inspired via a wide range of scientific disciplines and how this fluctuation has informed and pleats the modes of operation recurrent in her practice.
Cecilia Jonsson is an artist whose research-based projects span installation, sculpture, sound and image. Her work is informed by scientific methods and often consists of site-specific, artistic interpretations of phenomena and processes of nature. The projects are developed as investigations of physical and ideological properties of the raw materials that form the basis of human existence, from origins deep in the earth, to the extraction, transformation and global exploitation. Jonsson holds an MA in art from the Bergen Academy of the Arts and the Nordic sound art program. She has been awarded international art prizes such as VIDA 16.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards, Bio Art & Design Awards, honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica, Hybrid Art and nominated for the COAL Art and Environmental Prize.