Thoughts about working and life
My work focuses on the boundaries between the mind and the body, humane and non humane, as well as investigating anthropocentricity, identity and the relationship between the animate and the inanimate through biological, quantum physical and philosophical theories. Wildly combining, these theories arrive through very different routes at an idea about a metaphysical world, where matter is intellectual due to energy. I study these thoughts from a human point of view, but also think that the same biological functions have developed in other animals too through evolution. This also leads to a thought of human as a psychophysical being, whose thoughts are connected to what is outside of its body because of the movement of energy.
When working with material I continue to investigate the corporeality, and what kinds of solutions have been developed for consiousness. I ponder the energetic cycle comparing it to the material cycle and thru this I question whether the thoughts or emotions are something that would happen only in us or in our bodies. The question of the materiality of our bodies include a question of the materiality of a thought: what is it, how is it born, how does it move and in what kind of energetic whole do we live in? The question is based on the electrical nervous system of a body and on a quantum physical study, where the carrier particle of electricity, light and heat – the photon – was found to store a trace and a connection to another photon, after they had been separated. Photons, which also carry the energy in our bodies, can send information to each other without visible connection. If the insides of our bodies are independently in contact with the outer, can for example heat or light therefor be the carrier of an electric information between bodies, organisms and matter. What traces of us does the energy keep in when it continues it’s cycle out of our bodies, and can the energy captured in matter have references of that? In which ways is consciousness separated and in connection to the other, external side of ourselves?
The theory changes the thought of matter being passive, energetically historyless or without content, and it makes you wonder about its invisible inner data and interaction. In posthumanistic way of thinking this could mean for example that the concept of the cycle of the energy continues to challenge the question of our identity by pondering also thoughts and emotions as a part of our environment and it’s changing energetic state. When thoughts and feelings are seen as a part of the material world due to the connection between energy and matter, (post-)modernist-dualistic division between body and mind; nature and culture; and human and inhuman is questioned. The notion of a human as a part of an energetic whole nears the philosophical question of the nature of reality, uniting Spinoza’s thoughts about the mind as corporeal and identity as part of other bodies ”Mind is a series of thoughts, which interact with questions; what is body and how do other bodies, minds or the surroundings effect on it?”. Leibniz’ ponders the theory on monads and metaphysical matter. Energy and with it the life is stored as energetic pictures into long lasting matter, which in theory keep within energetic information and memory traces of life or the movements of energy.
When I work, I research the senses, feelings and intuitiveness of the body together with matter. Human body, its heat, its energy and the information stored within it influence matter and the other way around. My works are formed intuitively in collaboration with the material, visualizing memories, thoughts and feelings. Here, process and the works are a part of the thinking: when theories take shape, works are forming and the brain is giving meaning to what it sees. The comprehensive worldview questions the anthropocentric way of perceiving and the assumption that human is the producer of information. Human is not it but part of it.