A view to the kombucha heart of Jenna Sutela's homebrew computer (Gut-Machine Poetry, 2017, in collaboration with Vincent de Belleval and Johanna Lundberg)
Somerset House Studios resident

Jenna Sutela

Recipient of the Somerset House Studios + Google Arts & Culture’s n-Dimensions residency.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

n-Dimension's is the first “remote” artist-in-residence program launched outside of the Google Arts & Culture Lab. During the four month residency at Somerset House Studios, Jenna will work with the engineers in Paris to explore on computer generated glossolalia - teaching machines to channel spirits instead of algorithms. Sutela’s installations, text, and sound performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology. Most recently, she has been exploring exceedingly complex biological and computational systems, ultimately unknowable and in a constant state of becoming.

An organizational maze for a decentralized organism (From Hierarchy to Holarchy, 2015) as part of Jenna Sutela’s Orgs series
An organizational maze for a decentralized organism (From Hierarchy to Holarchy, 2015) part of Orgs series

Based between Berlin and Helsinki, she presented her work at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Serpentine Marathon in London, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. In 2017 she edited Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley and Beyond (Garret Publications 2017), an experimental survey of decentralized organisms and organizations, expanding on her artistic collaboration with Physarum polycephalum, the single-celled yet “many-headed” slime mold.
 

Sutela's works rewrite the boundaries of the human by way of an imaginative interspecial programming. 

Jamie Sutcliffe, Art Monthly, July-August 2017
A special edition of Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley and Beyond (Ed. Jenna Sutela, Garret Publications 2017), including a dose of Physarum polycephalum inside
A special edition of Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley and Beyond (Ed. Jenna Sutela, Garret Publications 2017)