[Northern Bumbling at Slakthusateljéerna, Stockholm. Photos: Erik Sjödin]
Opening up the project room at Slakthusatljéerna for a one evening only exhibition the participants in the self-organised Northern Bumbling art, research, and design network presented recent research and work in progress followed by a discussion around their various projects and practices.
Erik Sjödin (Sweden) presented promotional material from the bumble bee mail order industry, making visible contemporary human – insect relationships in agriculture.
Thomas Pausz (Iceland) presented work investigating real and imaginary overlaps between human and insect architecture, from scientific enquiries creating artificial conditions for interspecies collaborations to the dystopian imaginary of insects invasions in films.
Marius Presterud (Norway) presented work in progress from his ‘Nature as History’ series, where he uses the Northern marches surrounding Oslo as a springboard for speculative interventions.
The Northern Bumbling network, and the individual work of the participants in the project, is supported in part by Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point and the Swedish-Icelandic Co-operation Fund, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, and the Norwegian Culture Council.