Summersnowglobalism, 2022 Photo: Dongryeong Han

Summersnowglobalism manifests a snowing Biosphere, an emerging ecological system integrating microbes of biotic and abiotic beings and their culturing processes through viral collaboration.

Through practice-based research, Summersnowglobalism has evolved in investigating the three "snowfalls": floating fluffs in the air shed by the poplar(a.k.a., summer snow), waving plastic powders in the snow globe, and floating grains in a jar of rice wine.

The friction of fluffs within the Human-poplar ally, which has embodied the fight against desertification, has whitened out the identity of what it means to be nature and culture in relationships among humans, poplars, and deserts; As the contours of plastic snowflakes are diversified along the snow globe, the snow globe serves not only as a display of embodied imagination and the presence of its observer but also as a technological-organic community and zone of queering intra-action between bodies. Therefore, the material friction of particles involved in summer snow and a snow globe can be tangible tools for discovering non-human influences on social relations and viewing the human-centered narrative in a new light.

From a microscopic social perspective, every being, biotic and abiotic, serves as a recipient in our virosphere. There are more than 250 bacteria on our hands. Bacteria inhabit plants from the soil around the roots to the canopy. There is a viral influence on everything, including tools and machines. Do the porous bodies of poplar fluff contain microbes that can be used for yeast production? Can a snow globe contain them and their descendants and other useful materials?

The semiosis of the mutant living system, fermentation, provides spatial data on the well-being between microscopic social relations. Microorganisms migrate from human hands and poplar lignocellulosic fibers into rice balls and culture with their indigenous bacterial beings in collaboration with tools such as an IoT incubator with a self-regulating climatic system and a lot more.

Through the window of a jar that resembles a snow globe, we can observe the slow but ever-changing topography of the biosphere created by companion species. Although most carbohydrates in rice have been digested by microbes, some grains still float around, illustrating a snowy scene. Dongdongju, a rice wine, spreads through human bodies, breaking down the corporeal and ontological membrane between interconnected lives.

Year of Publishment
Prof. Jussi Ängeslevä
Luiz Zanotello
This work was published with the support of “2022 ARKO Art & Tech”

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