Bartaku Artistic Research

Bartaku is an artist and researcher 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.

His 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 (selection)

Bartaku 2020, ‘Blck Vlvt’, in E Berger, K Mäki-Reinikka, K O´Reilly, & H Sederholm (eds), Art as We Don´t Know It, Aalto ARTS Books, Espoo, pp. 64-65.

Bartaku 2019, Leaky Light_3, Bioart Society, exhibition booklet.

Bartaku 2019, ‘Seed Scarification: Serious Taking’, in: J Birringer, & J. Fenger, (eds), Tanz der Dinge/Things that Dance, Yearbook of the German Dance Association, vol. 29, Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld (Ger), pp.193-198.

Vandeput, B 2017, `Aronia m. BaBe: Berry-artist(ic) Research´, Conference proceedings of ISEA2017 / International Image Festival Manizales, 11-18 June 2017, 23rd International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) / 16th International Image Festival, Manizales, pp. 772-775.

Bartaku 2011, Aronia m.: A stand-by power plant in intermediary times – reflection on space and time, invoked by the berry, FoAM Libarynth, viewed 11 May 2020, <https://libarynth.org/luminous/phoef#aronia_m_a_stand-by_power_plant_in_intermediary_times&gt;.

Bartaku in press (selection)

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

Archive other selected articles:

Temporary PhotoElectric Digestopians. In Belllwether Food Trends. Spring/Summer Issue 2015. p.143

Driessen, I. ‘The Undisclosed Poésis of the Photovoltaic Effect.’ Essay on tPED Lab #12 at STRP-Festival. In Baltan Quarterly 2, Aug. 2013.

Video essay by Dutch video collective Oddone on tPED Lab #12 at STRP-Festival, Eindhoven (NL). April 8, 2013.

‘Textile Futures:Edible Alchemy’. Kendall Martin-Robbins. Website of the British Council. Feb. 12, 2013

tPEDigestopians mentioned in interview with Carole Collet In: The Guardian, Jan.23, 2013. 
(newspaper article)

‘Temporary PhotoElectric Digestopians (Fusing Cooking and Solar Tech with Design)’. Regine Debatty. In: We Make Money Not Art, June 16, 2011 (interview)

‘Taiteilija kokkaa sähkötapaksia’. Matti Koskinen. I
In: Helsingin Sanomat /NYT, March 10, 2011

‘Pikseliähky-festivaali tarjoilee sähkötapaksia’. In: YLE; julkaistu March 11, 2011 (newspaper article)

Temporary photoElectric Digestopians at Burning Ice Festival. On Cobra Tv; Jan.20, 2011 (interview)

Interview In: Acoustic space #8. Energy. Peer-reviewed Journal for Transdisciplinary Research on Art, Science, Technology and Society. Šmite, R., Medosch, A., Mey, K., Šmits, R. (ed.). p. 227. RIXC, MPLab, Riga, Liepaja (Latvia), 2011

‘Cornucopia of Ideas’. Dibasri Mazumdar. In: Eastern Chronicle (Assam, India). February 20, 2010.

0.36 Volts of Beetroot Juice’. Rasa Šmite and Raitis Šmits. In: Studija. Visual Arts Magazine, p.26. Nr. 68, October 2009. Riga, Latvia.

Bartaku websites

Main: www.bartaku.net 

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

Research compost & Overview of work in public, 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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