Nestori Syrjälä: Big Toe Tech Trap
26 Jan – 18 Mar 2018
Nestori Syrjälä completes his residency period at the Henry Lönnfors Studio with Big Toe Tech Trap, an exhibition that examines alternative futures through fitness training, sculpture and isotonic liquids. Syrjälä experiments with various ways of relinquishing control as a method for sculptural practice, finding his theoretical inspiration in eclectic sources such as science fiction, object-oriented philosophy and posthumanist thinking.

The starting points of the works in the show are the human being as a biochemical system and in particular semi-permeable systems based on the circulation of fluids, such as the circulation of blood and multi-species cooperation in our intestines. The key material in the works is physiological saline solution used in medicine, water that has the same percentage of salt as in blood. The water in Syrjälä’s works combines with various materials, it evaporates, condenses and changes its form. It serves as a kind of primordial sea, a context for new ways of considering our relationships to other living and non-living entities.

The underlying story is the crisis caused by climate change and mass extinction, which forces us to reconsider the sense of current political, economic and ethical systems based on utility. The works embody a hope for new kinds of individuals and societies based on pleasure, solidarity and inter-species common good.

Big Toe Tech Trap sketches a new postfossil and posthumanistic humanity that no longer does its utmost to control its environment and place itself atop the pyramid as the crown of all creation but rather a humanity that is able to appreciate the diversity of life and of objects as absolute, beautiful and loved.

Nestori Syrjälä (b. 1983) worked from 2015 to 2017 on a scholarship at the Henry Lönnfors Studio run by the Turku Art Society. Most recently he has exhibited his work at the Titanik and HAM galleries, in Purnu and at Kiasma. Syrjälä is a member of the Mustarinda collective of artists and researchers.

The exhibition is supported by the Turku Art Society, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Culture.
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