Hanna Husberg (Finland) is a Stockholm-based artist. She graduated from ENSB-A in Paris and is currently doing her doctor graduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In her work on video and installation projects she has investigated how we experience, perceive and relate to our surroundings, in a time of antropogenic – man-made – climate changes.
In collaboration with Laura McLean, Husberg developed Contingent Movements Archive and Symposium for the 55th Venice Bienniale, while among her other projects is Human Meteorology for Galleri Mejan in Stockholm and another is Being With for CEEAC in Strasbourg. Husberg is also one of the participants in Frontiers in Retreat, a research-based platform in Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ecology in Contemporary Art, which is coordinated by HIAP, Helsinki, Finland.
The installation consists of a looped video projection and five neon signs. The film is set in a region that has been subject to exploitation of natural resources since the early 1600s–the Arctic archipelago, and former no-man’s land, of Svalbard. The neon signs evoke symbols used for controlling weather indoors; heating, cooling, humidification, air circulation and purification; addressing the homogenized air conditioned indoor spaces many of us inhabit.
The first snapshots taken from space showed the earth as a cloud covered planet, with clouds enveloping about two thirds...
The world indoors is an installation that makes use of three types of tropical houseplants, the areca palm, the mother-in-law’s tongue and the money plant, in a combination supposed to produce ‘ideal’ air conditions. They are presented with a looped video that uses microscopic imagery of these same plants, that have been found to filter harmful substances and provide the fresh air and humidity needed in indoor environments, as well as in closed systems such as space stations.
By bringing up questions of material exchanges taking place through air, and how we come...