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Announcing: New commission with Marija Bozinovska Jones, AND Festival & Somerset House Studios

For the final in our series of new commissions this Summer, the University of Salford Art Collection has teamed up with AND Festival and Somerset House Studios to commission a new digital work by Marija Bozinovska Jones. Jones’ ambitious audiovisual work will reflect on the truly global ‘interconnectedness’ of all things: from plants, animals and the earth, to technology, science and the cosmos. 

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Marija Bozinovska Jones presents Beginningless Mind, a three-fold audiovisual narrative, which interacts with search engines. Featuring music by 33EMYBW and J.G. Biberkopf and A.I. developed with Jayson Haebich, the work examines the ‘flowing process of interconnectedness’.

Beginningless Mind follows life on Earth, where energy and information unwind cosmic law from order to disorder, and where the earthling is the youngest, yet most detrimental species. 

The audiovisual trilogy observes a (post)colonial symbiosis of nature and culture through search engines as knowledge commons. Scalable timeframes explore terrestrial life from its early imaginings to real time satellite imaging; the worldmaking through remote sensing of techno-scientific apparatus is queered with perspectives from ancient belief systems. The threefold narrative considers planetary kinship as a visceral sense of interconnectedness, grounded in terrestrial breathing patterns and how other ecosystems’ (plants, animals, earth elements) breath is mirrored in our own.

Beginningless Mind
will launch online on Tuesday 1st September from 6-7pm, streamed from the Somerset House website. 

An element of the work will be acquired into the University of Salford Art Collection, and exhibited on campus in 2021.

“Both Marija and the AND Festival challenge traditional concepts of making and presenting artwork to audiences. This bold and ambitious work will be a valuable addition to our About the Digital strand of collecting” – Lindsay Taylor, Curator, University of Salford Art Collection.

About the artist:
Marija Bozinovska Jones (MBJ) explores links between social, computational and organic architectures. Her work revolves around technocapitalist amplification and unpacks cryptic ways of forging subjectivity. Probing selfhood from subatomic level to networked presence on planetary scale and beyond, MBJ often collaborates with academics, devotional practitioners, computers scientists and other artists. 

Her work has been presented at institutions and festivals including Chronus Art Centre in Shanghai, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/ transmediale, CTM and Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin, Sonic Acts Academy in Amsterdam, Tate Exchange/ Tate Modern and Somerset House in London, where she currently holds a studio residency. 

About the project:
Beginningless Mind by Marija Bozinovska Jones is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices (AND), University of Salford Art Collection and Somerset House Studios. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices and Somerset House Studios.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.