‘The Fortunetellers’ began in 2008 when Ellie Ga spent five months as an artist-in-residence aboard the ‘Tara’, a scientific expedition in the Arctic Ocean. The project is a meditation upon nature of prediction as it was manifested during the expedition including ancient forms of fortunetelling, weather forecasting, oceanographic research, and the day-to-day routines of ten people drifting in the Arctic with no control over their immediate future. ‘The Fortunetellers Part 1’ has been shown at various places in Europe and America, amongst others at MOMA /PS1 Contemporary Art in New York, and will now be shown for the first time in Germany. Ga conceives ‘The Fortunetellers: Arctic Circles’ especially for ‘Perform a Lecture!’ and will premiere ththis second part of her project in Berlin.
This conversation with Clemens Krümmel investigates the relationship between artistic and scientific modes of research and in which way lecture performances contribute to both realms. Deliberately using traditional strategies from either field, artists (and art works) produce knowledge in a specific way. This discussion pursues the transformations of the aesthetic on the threshold of science which began to appear with the dissolution of boundaries in art after 1960.
Ellie Ga’s projects explore the limits of photographic documentation and span a variety of medium, often incorporating her exploratory writing and culminating in performative lectures, videos and installations. After an artist’s residency in the archives of the Explorers Club in New York, she spent the winter of 2007-2008 as the artist-in-residence aboard the Tara, a scientific expedition in the Arctic Ocean. Her work from the expedition has been exhibited recently at Galerie du Jour, Paris, Subject Index at the Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden and Storyteller at Projekt 0047 in Oslo, Norway as well as at Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Palermo, Sicily and in New York City at MOMA/PS1 Contemporary Art and The Bruce High Quality Foundation. Her artist’s books are in the collection of MOMA, NYPL and Yale University. Ellie Ga is currently living in Brooklyn.
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