Inspired by systems thinking and fused by quest, Bartaku’s work evolves through interventions, installations, residencies, talks and labs, many in collaboration with artists, scientists and other co-creating audiences. Often the work’s direction emerges “underway”, with layers that might refer to science, philosophy, consciousness/cognition (humans/plants) and anthropocentrism. He has participated in many international frameworks and worked in many countries (continents) and diverse contexts. Many works can be seen as evolving strands, often with longer term collaborations.
A local model fakes being a marathon runner in a fake marathon outfit on a former Soviet plantation at the edge of a town in Midwest Latvia. Every 2 metres, 2 photos are taken: one with a Smema camera (film) and one with camera RICOH GRIII.
The work was made after the observation that “The Grasses Are Taken Over” (Ossi Kakko during Herbologies 2010) and the time intensive experience of cutting one of hundreds of Aronia bushes free of grass with human hair scissors.
All material dates from Sept 2011 at the Aronia plantation in Aizpute, Latvia.
Original resolution Ricoh: 3648 × 2736
This is the first time the Aroniathon 1 series is shown in its totality.