Bartaku is an artist_researcher and Doctor of Art currently living and working in Helsinki (FI). He has a background in Social Sciences (Lic.) and is self-educated in the making_thinking arts and science. Practicing the art of enquiry, his main interests lie in biocentrism, 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.
Bartku´s work is often process-based, collaborative and situated in the folds and cracks of formal classifications. At Aalto University he establishes a transdisciplinary collaboration with a group of scientists so to commit to signalling at the Baroa belaobara plantation that the relation of the plants with light has to be related with a humanly considered iconic art work. The medium used hereby are natural dye sensitised glass solar cells. In 2020 the explorations evolve into the first hand-painted solar panel painting, interpreting a J.M.W. Turner painting from 1842.
Since 2004 Bartaku has been collaborating with various artists, scientists and art collectives like FoAM (BE), Nadine (BE), Okno (BE), Baltan Labs (NL) Xaquixe (MX), Serde (LV). He also worked with researchers and students in institutes like the Future Textiles/Materials Department of Central St. Martins College (Univ. of the Arts London); artscience interfaculty of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Hol); Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (apass; BE) and Helsinki International Artists Program (Hiap, FI). 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 (2015-2017). Since 2016 Bartaku is member of the Finnish Bioart Society.
He has extensive experience sharing/performing his work through workshops, labs, talks, lectures and courses both in and outside academia.
Art journalist Sini Mononen describes part of Bartaku´s ways in her review on his Leaky Light Solo Exhibition at SOLU, Helsinki, as follows:
Bartaku´s solo exhibition at the SOLU Gallery looks somewhat like an ordinary bio art exhibition. Wild starting points, however, undermine the dominant position of science as the starting point for research into plants and the natural environment. Being humorous, genre-blending and procedural, Bartaku’s work is somewhat reminiscent of Fluxus principles. – Sini Mononen, Helsingin Sanomat, 13 September 2019. See PDF.
C.V. is to be found here
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
For ideas, comments, collaborations and bookings feel free to send a mail to bhm.vandeput[at]protonmail[dot]com
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