Bartaku Artistic Research

Bartaku is an artist_researcher and Doctor of Arts with a background in Social Sciences (Lic.) and self-educated in the arts and science. Practicing the art of enquiry, his main interests lie in cognitive ecology, aesthetics, consciousness studies, neurobiology, energy and the philosophy of knowing and becoming.Most renowned is Bartaku’s questioning of mankind’s relation with energy in the “temporary Photoelectric Digestopians” Lab series, featuring edible solar cells. The works that are made in the period 2016-2020 are the main topic of the monograph that is published in 2021: Baroa belaobara: berryapple. For the online free PDF version, see at the bottom of this page. For the printed limited edition, see  Aalto bookshop.

Bartku´s work is often process-based, collaborative and situated in the folds and cracks of formal classifications. Since March 1st, 2016 he develops a deepening entanglement with the Aronia m. (chokeberry) as a Doctoral student (grant) at the Department of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto University (Fin).  At Aalto University he established a transdisciplinary collaboration with a group of scientists exploring the idea of Aronia+living organisms solar cells in order to generate a solar panel painting that interprets a J.MW. Turner painting (first trial exhibition Nov. 2020).

Since 2004 Bartaku has been collaborating with various artists, scientists and art collectives like FoAM (BE > member since 2010), Nadine (BE), Okno (BE), Baltan Labs (Hol) Xaquixe (Mex), Serde (Lat). Also he worked with researchers and students in institutes like the Future Textiles/Materials Department of Central St. Martins College (Arts Univ. London); artscience interfaculty of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Hol); Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (apass; BE) and Helsinki International Artists Program (Hiap, Fin). The latter is co-ordinating “Frontiers in Retreat”, an EU-funded program on Arts and Ecology with 8 arts organizations and 30 artists, including Bartaku.

He has extensive experience sharing/performing his work through workshops/-labs and talks. As member of cultural/arts lab FoAM (Brussels) Bartaku helped organizing and guiding various transdisciplinary conferences, symposia, gatherings.

Member of the Finnish Bioart Society since June 2016

Bartaku writings > see selection on this page or a full overview here 

Some press clips:

Leaky Light Solo Exhibition review: “Wild berries ripening right now grow into wild bio art, which finally reaches the berry energy by sounding. Bartaku’s exhibition at SOLU Gallery.”  – Sini Mononen. In: Helsingin Sanomat (daily Finnish newspaper). Sept. 13, 2019. See PDF.
Online version:

“Surrounding all the talks were various participatory artworks. One of the most interesting of these was zNap – a Nap Happening by the sleep performer and visual artist Anne Glassner and the artist Bartaku where conference participants were provided couches to try ‘micro-naps’, ‘nano-naps’ and ‘lucid dreaming naps’.” – Rob La Fresnais. In: Makery Info. May 2018


About Bartaku websites

The main: www.bartaku.net  website is under revision in 2021.

For archives see also:

Flickr: Selexion of photographic documentation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phoef

Research compost & Overview of work in public (mostly kept up-to-date), writings http://libarynth.org/luminous/phoef

For the period 2004-2007 see > http://recuerdas.blogspot.com/

Tumblr: Intuitive posts, archive: bartaku.tumblr.com


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