Anthropocene Field Station #1
Sediment, Settlement, Sentiment: The Machinic River
Kinga Kielczynska will participate in the Field Station 1 with an adaptation of her installation at the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis (July 2019).
Mississippi. An Anthropocene River is a collaborative learning experiment initiated by the House of World Cultures (HKW) Berlin in the frame of Wunderbar Together to understand the river as a composite and storied space—emblematic in the way it grounds the global transition into the Anthropocene, the geological epoch of humankind. Through transdisciplinary field explorations and the production of locally situated conversations, the project contours the complex way in which histories, ecologies, technologies, and worldviews collate and collide to shape an entire river system.
Field Station 1 considers the stretch of land that extends from the Mississippi River’s headwaters at Lake Itasca, down to the unglaciated region that crosses southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, and northeastern Iowa known as the Driftless. This stretch of the Mississippi River marks both its “natural” and “anthropogenic” origin, where a small creek becomes a continental torrent, where the Dakota, Ojibwe, and many other native peoples centered their material and spiritual lives, and where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has pursued its mandate to organize, manage, and direct the river’s flow for almost two centuries.
At Field Station 1, experiential, experimental, and imaginative projects that engage sound, film, documentation, research, public engagement and storytelling take up these questions, and many more.
Find the full program here.
With Morgan Adamson, Mark Borrello, Bruce Braun, Andrea Carlson, Jen Caruso, Jodi Enos-Berlage, Tia-Simone Gardner, Monica Haller, Jane Hawley, Simi Kang, Anya Kaplan-Seem, Kinga Kielczynska, John Kim, Boris Oicherman, Roopali Phadke, Max Ritts, Daniela Sandler, Jenny Schmid, Joe Underhill, Michael Winikoff and Simona Zappas.
(Image: Andrea Carlson, 2017)
Kinga Kielczynska first studied Spanish Philology at Warsaw University before graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.
Her multidisciplinary art practice reflects upon the relationship between nature and humans. She often exhibits her work outside of the gallery context. Past locations include a nudist beach, a night club, and a forest. In 2009, she challenged the paradigm of art-making by writing a ‘Reductionist Art Manifesto’ which playfully proclaimed the idea of reduction instead of production. Recent projects are centred around the conflict related to the Bialowieza primeval forest in Poland, her country of origin.
Her work was shown at Exile Gallery, Berlin; Manifesta 12, Palermo; Fons Welters, Amsterdam; WWB/ MOMA, Warsaw; Mediamatic, Amsterdam; Aether, Sofia; SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; FOAM, Amsterdam; and De Appel, Amsterdam; among others.