Co-produced by Arts at CERN, Mika Rottenberg combines in Spaghetti Blockchain seemingly incompatible worlds: insights of CERN experiments, female Tuvan throat singers, and a potato farm in Main. This work is informed by Rottenberg’s interest in new materialisms, an interdisciplinary field of inquiry characterized by a turn away from the dualisms persistent in cultural theory and a reconsideration of the material relationships between human and nonhuman entities.
Mika Rottenberg visited CERN in 2018 as part of the Guest Artists Programme
In this video, the artist does mash-up images of the filming from her time at CERN - mainly from ATLAS experiment, CERN Data Centre, Antimatter Factory and ISOLDE experiment. She combines this footage filmed in the laboratory with colourful ASMR-style scenarios, creating imagery simultaneously pleasurable and troubling.
Spaghetti Blockchain explores absurdist satire while acutely creating allegories for contemporary life: exploration of labor, technology, distance, and matter in relationship to the seemingly immaterial. Through these film locations, Rottenberg experiments with the idea of humans as composed of, and as manipulators of matter, revealing the interconnectedness between the mechanical and the corporeal.
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Spaghetti Blockchain (2019) was produced by Arts at CERN, the arts program of the European Laboratory of Particle Physics, Geneva; Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, with the support of the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations, Geneva; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, with the support of Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung; and New Museum, New York.