Exposition

Mörk Materia / Dark Matter(s) (2021)

TM
Timo Menke

About this exposition

The practice-based research carried out throughout several projects and assembled in this exposition is structured around a rhizomatic nexus of still ongoing entries into plant-thinking and co-becoming with plants, partly based on photographic, photosynthetic and biosynthetic processes under the project framework Cogito ergo Pisum, partly based on archival findings, found footage, phenomena and related discourse. "Cogito, ergo sum" is a philosophical statement in Latin by René Descartes, usually translated into English as "I think, therefore I am". The phrase originally appeared in French as je pense, donc je suis in his Discourse on the Method, to reach a wider audience. Connecting and collapsing the notion of thinking with plants – or in this case gray peas of the species Pisum sativum var. arvense, transposed into "Cogito ergo Pisum" – is at the heart of this research. Within the project I am researching, developing and cross-breeding a flora of transdisciplinary experiments, new material studies and processes, that revolve around ways of rethinking, creating for and becoming with other life forms. Photographic, biosynthetic and agricultural methodologies are being used in Cogito ergo Pisum to both analyze and synthesize new ecologies. On the basis of horizontal (gene) transfer, hybridity and hospitality, a number of agents, patients and symbionts have been subject to material-semiotic and transgenic inquiries: Timo the artist and Timo the grey pea — bioart experiments involving horizontal transfer of my DNA to a grey pea cultivar (Pisum sativum var.arvense). Pisum Sativum used by Gregor Mendel in 1856 when unfolding many of the rules of heredity, now referred to as the laws of Mendelian inheritance, constitute a key plant in "Cogito ergo Pisum". Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, also known as Tree Man Syndrome, an extremely rare autosomal recessive genetic hereditary skin disorder, and Foliate heads, also known as Green men, constitute a highly symbolic reading of a hybrid plant-human being. Several works and results of the processes active in Cogito ergo Pisum have been installed in a number of exhibitions, many of which are ongoing or infinite by nature; presented in open archival or horizontal hybrid structures with documents, negative cyanotype photograms, wall drawings and lab notes on paper, mail correspondence, facsimile of illustrated manuscripts, and cultivations of growing grey pea seeds. Some of them, including literature, phenomena, found footage and historical events have later made it into the polyphonic performance reading "Mörk Materia / Dark Matter(s)", which has been adapted and reconfigured to the contexts it has been performed in. Using photographic and moving images, documents, objects, drawings and plant cultivations I am approaching, renegotiating and speculating about our common nature-culture, to both highlight and transform an increasingly dark matter: body, earth, space.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsdark matter, Dark Ecology, photogram, biopolitics, cyanotype, vegetal, horizontal transfer, OOO, Tree man, cultivation, Timothy Morton, Anna Atkins, green men, New Materialism, Semiotics, Roland Barthes
date30/01/2021
published21/05/2021
last modified21/05/2021
statuspublished
share statusprivate
copyrightTimo Menke
licenseAll rights reserved
languageEnglish
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/829675/1122602
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/ruu.829675
published inRUUKKU - Studies in Artistic Research
portal issue16. Working with Vegetal


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831037 Gregor Mendel https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz Public domain
831087 Mörk Materia Extro Timo Menke All rights reserved
831090 Textbox Timo Menke All rights reserved
831093 Textbox Timo Menke All rights reserved
831382 Textbox Timo Menke All rights reserved
831407 Cyanotypi SAOL SAOL All rights reserved
831699 3D dark matter map Unknown All rights reserved
831701 Dark matter pie chart Unknown All rights reserved
831704 Dark Matter Pie Chart Unknown All rights reserved
831779 World's 4th Tree Man Wikipedia All rights reserved
832203 Dark Ecology (Book cover) Timothy Morton All rights reserved
832351 Credits Timo Menke All rights reserved
832406 Creditbox Timo Menke All rights reserved
1126282 Transparent textbox with pink shadow Timo Menke All rights reserved
1126999 The first panorama from the far side of the moon International Astronomical Union. CC BY
1127023 Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions Public Domain Public domain
1130223 Concert with Grey Pea NGB4018 Timo Timo Menke All rights reserved
1130401 Mörk Materia / Dark Matter(s) Performance Timo Menke All rights reserved
1130421 Gray Pea cultivation Pisum sativum var. arvense NGB4018 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1130494 Gray Pea "Timo" (Soundtrack by Lerin / Hystad) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1131528 Cyanotopia 1 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270270 Pisum (Electronic sign board) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270272 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270273 Pisum (Electronic sign board) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270274 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270279 NordGen NGB4018 "Timo" (cultivation view) 2017-05-29 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270280 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270281 Tårvätska och tårkörtel Wikipedia All rights reserved
1270285 Punktskriftsalfabet Unknown All rights reserved
1270286 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270288 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 01 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270289 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 02 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270290 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 03 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270291 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 04 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270292 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 05 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270293 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 06 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270294 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 07 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270295 Cyanotopia on found Passepartout 08 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270296 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270297 Cotton sprout onboard Chang’e 4 (transmitted image from dark side of the moon) Unknown All rights reserved
1270300 De köpte ett bergrum i Söderhamn och började odla 1 Sveriges Radio All rights reserved
1270301 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270303 Mörk Materia / Dark Matter(s) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270304 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270307 Tree Man Syndrome (installed photo frame object) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270308 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270310 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 02 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270311 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 01 Unknown All rights reserved
1270312 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 05 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270313 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 03 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270314 Single-sided Möbius strip (green) Peter Banzer / MPI for the Science of Light All rights reserved
1270315 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270317 Green Men tattoo (Villard de Honnecourt) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270318 Green Men tattoo (Villard de Honnecourt) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270319 Green Men Tattoo Stickers Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270320 Green Men (wall drawing) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270321 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270322 Pisum (Electronic sign board) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270323 NordGen NGB4018 "Timo" (cultivation view) 2017-05-29 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270324 Night side earth city lights footage 084135857 04 https://www.pond5.com All rights reserved
1270325 Punktskriftsalfabet Unknown All rights reserved
1270326 Photographs of British Algae - Cyanotype Impressions 1 Anna Atkins All rights reserved
1270327 Cotton sprout onboard Chang’e 4 (transmitted image from dark side of the moon) Unknown All rights reserved
1270328 Mörk Materia / Dark Matter(s) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270329 Tree Man Syndrome (installed photo frame object) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270330 Single-sided Möbius strip (inverted) Peter Banzer / MPI for the Science of Light All rights reserved
1270331 Green Men (wall drawing, installation view) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270332 Pisum (Electronic sign board) Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270271 Mörk Materia Intro Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270275 Mörk Materia Cogito ergo pisum Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270278 Mörk Materia Pisum NGB 4018 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270282 Mörk Materia Punctum 1 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270283 Mörk Materia Punctum 2 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270284 Mörk Materia Punctum 3 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270287 Mörk Materia Anna Atkins Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270298 Mörk Materia Mörk biosfär 3 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270299 Mörk Materia Mörk biosfär 1 Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270302 Mörk Materia Materia och Material Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270305 Mörk Materia Tree Man Syndrome Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270309 Mörk Materia Dark Ecology Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270316 Mörk Materia Bladmannen Timo Menke All rights reserved
1270276 SESTO - NGB - sesto - The Nordic Gene Bank NGB4018 NordGen All rights reserved
1270277 SV Fråga ang ärtor Timo Menke, Ulrika Carlson-Nilsson NordGen - Nordiskt Genresurscenter All rights reserved
1270306 Tree Man Syndrome (video) Broadcast excerpt All rights reserved

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