Linnéa Eleonora Bake
Re: Over everything which exists under the sky
Re: Over everything which exists under the sky is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project which took place at Gasworks London, from October 2018 to May 2019. Having initiated the first curatorial residency at Gasworks to run alongside the institution’s long-established international artist residency programme, the curators-in-residence transformed Gasworks’ Participation Space into a temporary research studio, questioning what it means to be a resident in both the art world and the wider geopolitical context of restricted mobility. Engaging with artists, botanists, astrologers, writers, and a constellation of other constituents, the project proposed new ways of encountering both human and non-human journeys:
How can we reconsider movement in an interspecies landscape?
What are the links between human movement and that of extra-terrestrial objects, such as stars, planets, and satellites?
Does the ‘uprooting’ and ‘re-grounding’ of plants directly speak to the construction of identity in relation to displacement?
What is the relationship between horizontal and vertical forms of colonisation?
The collaborative research gathered over the duration of the project culminated in an Open Studio between 23–26 May 2019, showcasing newly commissioned works and research by invited artists Xinhao Cheng, Helena Hunter, Mati Jhurry, Romy Kießling, Marissa Malik, Niccolò Moronato, Fatima Uzdenova and Belinda Zhawi. Offering a multiplicity of perspectives upon patterns of human and non-human movement, the project embodies both collective research and speculation.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2019
As a curator and writer, Linnéa Bake is concerned with questions around the political conditions under which cultural spaces function and in which they intervene.
Her dissertation research touches upon the discursive context of international exhibition formats such as biennials, the inherent tensions between local and global interests, and the implied risk of curatorial exoticism. Titled documenta 14 and the curator as diplomat, her MA dissertation focuses on the example of 'documenta 14' and its partial relocation to Athens as a lens through which to think the present state of curatorial practice. Following this research process, Linnéa was selected for the 2019 NEON Curatorial Exchange to Athens (organised by Whitechapel Gallery, London and NEON, Athens).
Exploring what it means to be a resident in both the nomadic global art world and the wider geopolitical context of restricted movement and borders, her MA graduate project Re: Over everything which exists under the sky (Gasworks London, May 2019) has considered movement and mobility in an interspecies landscape: in looking at issues related to human circulation such as global trade, colonialism and forms of displacement through the lens of various non-human agents, including seeds, birds or planetary constellations, a question that has become increasingly important in Linnéa’s practice is how to apply ecological principles to the methodology and politics of curatorial work.
- BA Communication in Social and Economic Contexts, Berlin University of the Arts, 2015
- Curatorial assistant to Grant Watson for 'bauhaus imaginista', collaboration between the Bauhaus Cooperation, Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2018–19; Artist liaison, Neugerriemschneider Gallery, Berlin, 2015–17; Curatorial assistant, Homecomings: PROJECTIVE SPACE, Berlin, 2015; Assistant gallery manager, Neugerriemschneider Gallery, Berlin, 2012–14
- 'Re: Over everything which exists under the sky', Gasworks, London, 2019; 'To Draw a Line', 0fr Centquatre, Paris, 2019; 'To Draw a Line', Nuda, Stockholm, 2019
- NEON Curatorial Exchange, Whitechapel Gallery, London, in partnership with NEON, Athens, 2019; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Postgraduate Scholarship
- 'Yalda Afsah', Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship Exhibition Catalogue, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, September 2019; 'The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish', Interview with Lucia Pietroiusti & Filipa Ramos, Gasworks Curatorial Residents, Gasworks/Royal College of Art, May 2019; Interview with Gina Beavers, Interview Germany, April 2019; Interview with Yalda Afsah, Interview Germany, March 2019; 'The Border as Horizon, the Horizon as Border', To Draw a Line, January 2019; 'To Draw a Line', Exhibition Catalogue, Nuda, Stockholm/Berlin, January 2019; 'Waiting for the Barbarians' interview with Nayia Yiakoumaki & Foivos Dousos, AB International, Athens/Berlin, November 2018; 'Citizen', Uncategorised, Nuda, Stockholm, September 2018