Monstersweet

 Monika Czyżyk and Torsten Zenas Burns

  Speculative humanimal fictions with looped video, digital images and sculptural forms   

  2015-2020

 

  12.9.-11.10.2020

  https://www.muu.fi/en/monstersweeten/

  https://www.torstenzenasburns.com/

Installation view, Monstersweet Menagerientity, Muu Gallery, 2020

Monstersweet, 2020, HD video, 34 min, colour, stereo sound, HD  projection on wooden board 128 x 227 x 9 cm

Over the course of four years collaborators Monika Czyzyk & Torsten Zenas Burns, participated in two residency programs that functioned as a catalyst for an ongoing variable art project called Monstersweet.

 

The original locations for production were Signal Culture in NY, USA and Escape Residency on Vartiosaari island located in Helsinki, Finland. During these initial experiences the artists explored through real time video recordings, drawings and digital image production a variety of relationships between imagined posthumans and their ecological environments.

 

Over the years Czyzyk & Burns have expanded the idea creating unique single channel and looped videos about an ongoing migrating residency program called Monstersweet. Within this fictional studio program they have collaborated with chimeric residents in several countries including Mexico, Cuba, United States, Greece, Italy and Germany filming and photographing ambiguous travelogues, passionate interspecies love and communication rituals enacted by a diverse group of Humanimals.

The captured video scenes and sculptural work, both grotesque and humorous explore reimagined biologies, manifestations of performative selfie culture and intimate portraits of a globally transformed ecosystems.

A few inspirations and touchstones for their new pieces include the sequential artist Enki Bilal’s The Nikopol Trilogy, reimagined Animist tropes and the Chinese mythological texts called: Classic of Mountains and Seas.

Monstersweet: Menagerientity, plexi glass, screws, rods, bolts, latex mask, Immersion suit, fabrics, wax, paint, steel wire,  240 x 40 x 90 cm

Monstersweet: Menagerientity, detail

Monstersweet: Menagerientity, detail

Monstersweet: Menagerientity, detail

Installation view, Monstersweet Menagerientity, Muu Gallery, 2020

Monstersweet Scroll 1-2, digital print,  280 x  15,5  x 0,5 cm

Monstersweet, 2020, HD video, 34 min, colour, stereo sound, HD  projection on wooden board 128 x 227 x 9 cm

Monstersweet, 2020, HD video, 34 min, colour, stereo sound, HD  projection on wooden board 128 x 227 x 9 cm