Jenna Sutela


2017 | 10''

Holobiont considers the idea of embodied cognition on a planetary scale, featuring a zoom from the outer space to inside the gut. The video documents Planetary Protection rituals at the European Space Agency and explores extremophilic bacteria in fermented foods as possible distributors of life between the stars. Bacillus subtilis, the nattō bacterium, plays a leading role.

  • Jenna Sutela (1983, Finland) works with words, sounds, and living media, such as bacteria and slime mold, to create experimental installations and performances that bring together biology, technology and cosmology. Sutela’s recent work explores interspecies communication, aspiring to connect with a world beyond our consciousness. Recent exhibitions and presentations include: Moderna Museet, Sweden; Serpentine Gallery, UK; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan. She is currently Visiting Artist at The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) for 2019-20.

Holobiont is presented by DEMO, in partnership with: