Journey to the Post-Anthropogenic began already in 2011 with the investigation of a site in Finnish subarctic Lapland, where during WWII a Junkers bomber had crashed. This “discovery” was made by key collaborating partner Oron Catts during a week long art&science field laboratory organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. While the war is for many at least a lifetime ago, the unintentional anthropogenic effects continue on site. Time folds, and memories are unearthed—as material artefacts, as data sample analysis, as stories, memories and other narratives. To tell the story of the Kilpis crash site, as this project aims to do, is to tell a naturalcultural story of humans inextricably entangled in a landscape. In the continuation of this project metagenomic analysis (also called environmental genomics) of the microflora and fauna of this site is explored for its histories, bioinformatics and story-telling potentials.
Project Leaders: Oron Catts and Astrida Neimanis
Other Project Participants: Andy Gracie, Kira O’Reilly, Antti Tenetz, Laura Beloff, Kathy High, Ionat Zurr, Nils Peder Willassen