Do you have friends that are not human? Chances are you have a lot more of them than what you think! In this workshop we got to know some of the organisms that we can become friends with and collaborate together. We questioned who is in control of this friendship, weather it is humans or our friends. By working together we got to know yeast a lot better, and we made an oozing art installation with the help of our new friend – yeast, which as it turns out is actually a very old friend of humankind!
Inspired by our current era as a spatial and performative event forcing us to re-evaluate concepts, hierarchies, and relations, Annike Flo (Norway) makes work based around giving up space and decentering the human in encounters with other organisms and entities. By facilitating encounters between herself, human participants, and others such as the oyster mushroom, microbes, or specific habitats, her works open up to new and strange relations and worlds. Flo works with the monster as a companion, invoking processes out of control, conglomerate, and symbiosis and her practice spans installation, scenography, costume, and artistic participation in research projects.