Annika Kappner: GAIA Rising

Sat 25 Jan, W139
15:00 - 01:00 (ongoing installation)
Full program & tickets W139

GAIA Rising is an immersive installation investigating notions of the Earth as an interconnected web of life - the planetary body - through the senses. Inside the cave-like space a guided meditation invites us to explore our relationship with other beings, matter and the Earth through our own bodies. The cave has been, since the dawn of humanity, a place of shelter and connection with the Earth, a place of rebirth and regeneration. The somatic dimension of these concepts are explored through tactile, visual, olfactory and aural motives. The soundscape is developed in collaboration with composer Eric Maltz. The work features the chant of Shaman Ibeyis Chamba Hurtado. Different iterations of the work have been shown at Ampersands W139 in Amsterdam (NL), Sonic Somatic Festival in Florence (IT) and the Bienal Internacional de Arte Amazónico in Pucallpa (PE).

Annika Kappner creates sensory scenographies in the extended field of painting, combining landscape, installation, performance, scent and sound to create glitches in perception. Her work is interested in the evolution of consciousness, the shifting perception of (self) image in relation to mental patterns and the underlying forces that shape their systemic counterparts in nature, visual culture and science. She seeks to add experiential perspectives to the contemporary relationship between human, nature and technology, addressing concepts of non-duality and otherness; to enable an emancipation of ways of sensing. She is a co-founder of the multi-disciplinary artist collective Elephants & Volcanoes.

Her work has been presented, among others, at Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Kunstfort Vijfhuizen (NL), Marres House for Contemporary Art Maastricht (NL), Bienal Internacional de Arte Amazónico (PE), Concordia University, Montreal (CA), National Museum of Natural History, Menton (FR), Rush Arts Gallery, New York (US), Sonic Somatic (IT) and Wallace Museum, London (UK).

Installation: Annika Kappner
Composer & sound editor: Eric Maltz
Chant: Ibeyis Chamba Hurtado

image © photographer Michael Sieber, visuals Annika Kappner