Josefina Nelimarkka is an interdisciplinary artist working between London and Helsinki. Her research-based practice explores the phenomena of the in/visible and its perception through performative processes, real-time environmental data and site-sensitive installations. Moving images, words, colours and sounds emerge from transient states and virtual realms. The works are tied to the passing of time and changes in the environment exposing connections between the physical, poetic and philosophical. Art, science and technology are combined to create interactive spaces that challenge the experience of ‘now’.
In her current research, she is interested in the politics of air and the phenomenology of clouds in relation to the future scenarios of climate change. Collaboration with scientists, engineers and technologists is ongoing. The interdisciplinary approach and climate information transform into subtle materiality encouraging environmental consciousness that has the potential to enhance our relationship with the nature.
Josefina Nelimarkka graduated from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in London in 2016 and MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2017. She was the artist-in-residence at SPACE Art + Technology in London in 2018-19.
Solo exhibitions include Kairos καιρός at Helsinki Art Museum HAM Gallery (2018), Call, I shall listen at Fieldworks Gallery (2017), yonder x return at Clearview (2017), Between whiles that encounter at The Finnish Institute (2016) in London, UK and Yet; predicted futurities tracked in poems at OK11 (2017) and Precession (screensaver) at Sinne Gallery (2016) in Helsinki, Finland. Supersaturation (2020) is a commissioned public installation at Jönköping City Library in Sweden.
Recent projects are Atmospheric Un/knowing, a permanent outdoor installation in Southern Finland (2020), Celsius at Mansions of the Future (2020), InProcess at SPACE Art + Technology (2019), Supersaturation: art, science and technology about climate change at Oodi Central Library (2019), Time Resides at Solid Art, Taiwan (2019) and The Fragile Ocean with super/collider x Sail Britain (2019). Her recent public talks and workshops were hosted at London School of Economics, U-mkt in Taipei, SPACE Art + Technology, Helsinki Music Centre and Techfestival in Copenhagen. She contributes to Intelligence Debiased Research Group at Exposed Arts Projects in London.
The collaboration with climate scientists from INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research has resulted in Kairos² AR - mobile app and a residency period at SMEAR II station in 2019.
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