Josefina Nelimarkka is a multidisciplinary artist working across art, science and technology, between London and Helsinki.
In her research-based practice, arts and sciences merge into fleeting experiences and interactive spaces. The research looks into the circulation of climate, the geophysical-ontological properties of matter and the phenomenology of data within the future scenarios of the global environmental change. Collaboration with scientists, engineers and technologists is ongoing.
By reacting to the transient moments of time and climate, the work transforms in continuous processes, performative installations and virtual realms – through weather, locations, nanomicroscopy, real-time data and interactive technology. Her interest in the metaphysics of presence turns into active material and spatial poetics. Moving images, words, colours and sounds arise from the invisible and inaccessible and seize upon the event between perception and potential – between knowing and unknowing.
Kairos καιρός is a speculative notion of time/weather and a long-term research project of climate change focusing on the atmospheric phenomena, geochemical cycles in the climate system and the politics of air. Ongoing 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 (Station for Measuring Ecosystem-Atmospheric Relations), located in Central Finland.
Josefina Nelimarkka graduated from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in London, 2016 and MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, 2017. She holds a degree in BA Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, 2013. Currently, she is the artist-in-residence at SPACE Art + Technology in London. The research and work made during the residency was exhibited at SPACE in April 2019. Kairos² AR app is launched to public in spring 2019, discursive events coming up in London and Helsinki.
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) Precession (screensaver) at Sinne Gallery (2016) in Helsinki, Finland.
Her works, installations and books have been exhibited at Varbergs Konsthall, White Crypt, Lychee One, Ncontemporary, Centre for Recent Drawing, Flow Festival Helsinki, OFFPRINT 15 at Tate Modern and London Art Fair among other galleries and sites in Europe. Recent public talks include at SPACE Art + Technology, Science Corner, Techfestival and Titanik Gallery.
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