(The Logic of)
Instruments For Cycles Through A Hunter-Gatherer-Gardener
Galleriet, Konstnärligt Campus, Östra Strandgatan 32, Umeå Sweden, 2013
Materials found or borrowed
(The Logic of) Instruments For Cycles Through A Hunter-Gatherer-Gardener
is a site-specific project, exhibited in the same city it was made in, Umeå, Sweden.
This location and society generated what the exhibition is made from. The Umeälv -river was the source for fishing up bicycles, one of the raw-materials refined into the works. Trash containers and junkyards provided additional ingredients alongside the equipment used in constructing the pieces.
Trash bins of the pedestrian shopping street in the city center held inside organic waste matter, leftovers of human food.
In collaboration with Kristoffer Palmgren, Matti Sumari collected and decomposed these rest-products with a sculpture acting as a compost, transforming the remnants into compact nourishment for plants.
Another site-specific feature was the use of vacant municipal land: Sumari utilized a forgotten public area through cultivating a small field of flax, fertilized with humus provided by the compost-sculpture. Flax was grown in order to produce linseed oil, to protect the compost-sculpture from rusting away.
Heart of Gold
A sculpture built from bicycles fished up from a river and other found materials from the city of Umeå, Sweden.
Scavenging frozen food scraps from trash cans into the sculpture. Popcorn, banana peels, hot dogs and apples – anything and everything biodegradable is collected in the old oil barrel, then turned and stirred together into a brown mass.
The sculpture breaks down this material into compost, precious as a plant fertilizer.
Experimental cultivation of linen/flax (Linum usitatissimum) on a vacant piece of land in the city of Umeå, Sweden.