Bartaku Art_Research

Bartaku stands for the artist_research practice of Bart H.M. Vandeput (BE), Doctor of Arts, living and working in Helsinki (FI). Bart has a background in Social Sciences (Lic.) and drumming. Bartaku practice focusses on the art of enquiry in a processual and collaborative way of play. Inspiration is found in cognitive ecology, aesthetics, consciousness studies, neurobiology, energy and the philosophy of knowing and becoming. 

Most renowned is the questioning of sapiens´ relation with energy in the “temporary Photoelectric Digestopians” Lab series (2011-2016), featuring edible solar cells. The works made in the period 2016 – 2021 deepen the entanglement with the Aronia m. (chokeberry) plant in the form of practice-based doctoral studies at the Department of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto University (FI). They provide the compost for the monograph (diss.) `Baroa belaobara: berryapple´, which is published in the summer of 2021. These writings can be accessed online via the PDF-link at the bottom of this page. For the printed limited edition see Aalto bookshop or Bookdepository.

Bartaku work is often situated in the folds and cracks of formal classifications. At Aalto University the Aamo art science group has been investigating the epiphanic signalling experienced at the Baroa belaobara plantation (Lat): entangle the relation with light shared by the plants and an art work, supposedly-sapientically defined as iconic. The medium used hereby is the natural dye sensitised glass solar cell. In 2020 the explorations evolve into the first hand-painted solar panel painting, interpreting a J.M.W. Turner painting from 1842.

Since 2004 Bart 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) as resident and participant of “Frontiers in Retreat”, an EU-funded program on Arts and Ecology with 8 arts organizations and 30 artists, including Bartaku (2015-2017). Since 2016 Bart is member of the Finnish Bioart Society.

Bart has extensive experience sharing/performing his work through workshops, labs, talks, lectures and courses both in and outside academia.   

Art critic 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. The Online version in Finnish is accessible after registration. 

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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