Event | ARRG: Esmee Geerken and Sema Bekirovic
4 June 13:00-16:00
Oudemanhuispoort Amsterdam (This event will take place on-site in Amsterdam)
Part of Artistic Research Research Group
Please note that you will need to register before every session, as the number of seats is limited due to Covid-19 containment measures. This year Maria Sartzetaki (email@example.com) will be assisting Paula Albuquerque with the organization of the ARRG sessions, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact her.
For the fourth session of ARRG this academic year, we welcome Esmee Geerken and Sema Bekirovic to share their research with us.
Esmee Geerken is a Dutch artist and Earth scientist, with a main expertise in biomineralization and paleoceanography. After defending her dissertation entitled Elements in foraminiferal shells as recorders of past climates in December 2019, Esmee combines Earth Science and Artistic Research into a hybrid practice influenced by geology, chemistry and philosophy. Her artistic work playfully questions our perception of the obvious – the curvature of the Earth, and the peculiar – how organisms, such as humans, build their shells.
Sema Bekirovic (1977, Amsterdam, NL) is an artist and curator. Both in her art and in her curatorial practice she deals with questions regarding the relationship between humans and nature. Her work questions perceived hierarchies by revealing the dynamic interplay of powers and actors that underlies everything. In order to probe this performative reality, she often collaborates with scientists. She has made works using reactive chemicals and meteorites, and has collaborated with animals and natural forces. In her recent work Bekirovic focuses on how (art) objects change and resonate through different times. In these works, her approach is both object oriented and personal.