FEW STAGES OF CREATION (2021)

Material: Sample of cultured, microbial cellulose -SCOBY, natural materials, wheat

Installation: video, lightbox, object and framed prints

Dimension: variable

Video: 01:09min, Lightbox: 170x100x6 cm, Object: 20x16x10cm, Framed prints: 4pieces 50x50cm

Year: 2021.

Project Overview Effect. Museum Of Contemporary Art Belgrade.
Curators: Zoran Erić and Blanca de la Torre

The project Few Stages of Creation is based on the composting process, which is further developed overtime, consisting of several segments. Everything mother nature gives us is a part of herself. It should be appreciated, and used wisely until when it needs to be returned. In this project I am transforming and using wheat as one of my artistic tools, using its biological benefit and getting a new hybrid aesthetic result. I am using earlier processes which also contain my DNA in the living object, with the inclusion that I am growing green wheat grass. This contains chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. These characteristics are important for the soaking experiment, including a new-grown material through fermentation. This microbial bio-film is used as a future material – which contains the micro-conditions present in our current environment, finally presented in a light box. This experimental artistic practice is produced by a variety of microorganisms, microbial cellulose and a bio film – a natural polymer which resembles skin and body matter. The project set up involves a Few Stages of Creation, the previously framed photo documentations of the living object and the object itself with the green wheat grass in it and the green juice (from wheat seed) in a smaller glass container with a soaking SCOBY sample. The creation process will be digitally documented and projected on to the wall and the image will be roughly the same size as the light box filled with bio-materials grown earlier.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project called BIOFABRIKA (BIOFACTORY) includes the expansion of ideas and the application of alternative production in the field of visual art by the young artist Adrienn Újházi. She is the first person in Serbia to present her work on the basis of the cultivation of biological and plant material called SCOBY, an abbreviation for the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.

The project would be implemented through four activities. After the preparatory phase of the project, a phase of workshops and open talks would take place, when the SCOBY would be grown over four months, and through open talks the interested audience could get acquainted with the new bio material and the synergy of bio-design and fine arts, which represents a sustainable way of creative creation in the future.

The next activity would be realized at three locations. On the banks of the Danube, a curator from Turkey would present her eco-work as an action, an intervention in space. A full-day workshop / exhibition / panel discussion would be held at the Svilara cultural station, where the SCOBY material’s cultivation and creation would be presented to the public through the workshop, then previously created prototypes of materials would be shown through the exhibition, and at the end the tertiary application of bio art, as well as the placement of this type of material and creativity on the market in Europe and beyond. All project activities would be documented using video and photo recording, so the last project activity involves showing a documentary of all project processes.

The interdisciplinary program of the BIOFABRIKA project includes the Bogdan Šuput High School of Design in Novi Sad, as well as active local and foreign experts such as artists, curators, agents, designers, architects, ecologists and microbiologists. Environmental problems and the importance of pure Danube biodiversity will be presented by guest lecturers and project participants, from the view of the field of their expertise, through educational content, which builds on the mentioned material SCOBY, promoting its environmental and sustainable benefits. The program of this project is intended for anyone who is interested in discovering the world of materials – BIOFABRIKA, and they can take part in the project.

The project was supported by: The European Capital of Culture – Novi Sad 2022