9 September – 4 December 2022
WAMx, Institute of Coexistence: Georg Jagunov
The fourth exhibition of the WAMx 2022 exhibition series Institute of Coexistence presents Georg Jagunov's project Ancylus and Dana, which reflects on how we can at present day reconnect with geological and biological domains that have been around for many millions of years.
For the last 5 years Georg Jagunov has been working on indoor biotope installations (i.e. Geosanctuaries). These enclosed micro-landscapes refer to 80 million year old flint formations in Denmark, the post-glacial landscapes of Northern Europe, prehistoric archeology and ancient mythology of Denmark and Finland.
The interdisciplinary practice behind the biotope installations is being developed in collaboration with experts from various scientific and creative fields. The amount of light and moisture inside the biotope is controlled via a programmable system to create optimal conditions for plants. The installation at WAMx is Jagunov’s biggest up to date measuring around 4 m2. The stones and mosses have been collected by the artist on various locations in Denmark and Finland. Wandering into a landscape to find elements for his installations is an essential part of Jagunov’s artistic practice.
The artist aims to create spaces for contemplation and focus. While primarily working with local (North European) material, Jagunov’s installations draw inspiration from Zen gardens and other Japanese techniques of arranging stones, mosses and plants. A voice narrative can be heard through the earphones attached to the installation. In a journey through time and space the visitors get to discover and experience hidden geochemical realms and ancient worlds of green.