Biennale of Sydney

Jenna Sutela

Jenna Sutela, I Magma, 2019, Blown glass, goo, electronics. Co-commissioned by Moderna Museet and Serpentine Galleries. Courtesy Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Photograph: Theresa Hahr.
Jenna Sutela, Holobiont, 2018, HD video, sound. Supported by Kone Foundation and expanding on a performance for Serpentine Marathon 2017. Courtesy the artist.
Jenna Sutela, Many-Headed Reading, 2016, performance. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Mikko Gaestel.

Jenna Sutela

Born 1983 in Finland
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Finland


Working at the intersection of biology and technology, Finnish artist Jenna Sutela engages with words, sounds and other living media, such as Bacillus subtilis nattō bacteria and the 'many-headed' slime mould Physarum polycephalum. She has also collaborated with artificial neural networks. Her audiovisual pieces, sculptures, and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology. By exploring how people might channel and listen to microscopic life and alternative forms of intelligence, Sutela’s work proposes an interconnected future in which human and non-human beings co-exist and connect on equal terms.