TREES OF MEMORY:
ROOTS AND RUNNERS
The Art & Science exhibition “Trees of Memory: Roots and Runners” and an accompanying public program took place in 2021 in Poland in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and the Laznia Center for Contemporary Art. The project is dedicated to the Babyn Yar tragedy. It aims at elaborating current artistic practices of working through the traumatic past.
An online talk on Laznia’s Facebook page
Participants: Olga Kisseleva, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
Olga Kisseleva works in science and media art. She is involved in the long-running EDEN project which aims to find methods of communication with plants and between the plants. In the “Trees of Memory: Roots and Runners” project, the artist supplemented her experience of “listening to” the voices of trees with commemorative meanings. The exhibition presents a visualization of the “voices” of trees from Babyn Yar — one of the most known places of the Holocaust by Bullets in Ukraine. The conversation is assembled around the questions of the Art & Science possibilities.
Olga Kisseleva, one of the key figures in the international Art & Science movement and a professor at Sorbonne University. In 1995 she became a member of the High Institute of Visual Arts of Pompidou Center, where she launched the theoretical-artistic research program; Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, media art writer, curator, professor of cultural and media studies at Lodz University, Poland, Chair of School of Media and Audiovisual Culture, Head of the Department of Electronic Media and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz.
Participants: Tetyana Filevska, Oksana Dovgopolova, Kateryna Semenyuk
Moderator: Anastasiia Yevsieieva
The presentation was an online guided tour, within which the participants discussed the exhibition concept and illuminated the peculiarities of applying Art & Science tools in commemorative projects. The event included a Q&A session.
Tetyana Filevska, Creative Director of the Ukrainian Institute; Anastasiia Yevsieieva, Head of Visual Art Programme of the Ukrainian Institute; Oksana Dovgopolova and Kateryna Semenyuk, curators of the cultural memory platform Past / Future / Art.
As part of the public program of the project “Trees of Memory: Roots and Runners” the “Past / Future / Art” platform also organised an online discussion on the platform of the Ars Electronica Arts and Technology Festival. For more information please see the event page.