Kasia Molga

Artist

Kasia Molga (PL)
Kasia is a Designer, Coder and Artists working on the intersection of art, design, technology and science. She explores emerging trends in technologies and how they can influence human perception or and relation to natural environment and convey the notion of “collaboration with nature”. Her versatile experience of working across design disciplines gave her unique ability to comprehend, communicate and connect complex concepts and ideas. She translates them into tangible, multisensory and visual experiences, immersive environments, installations and hybrid visual/physical interfaces, design fictions or speculative futures narratives. She has exhibited worldwide, most notably: Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, Ars Electronica, TRANSNATURAL (NL), Meta.Morf (NO), ISEA (Istanbul, Turkey), Translife Media Arts Triennial (Beijing, China), MIS (São Paulo, BR), Dutch Design Week (NL); and is a recipient of many international awards, grants, nominations and accolades, among many others: Wellcome Trust Award, Ars Electronica 2012 Honorary, Creative Industries NL, European N.I.C.E Award, RESHAPE 2017 Honourable Mention, LES RESPIRATIONS 2016 Special Prize for Human Sensor. Her work was featured in on and off-line magazines and TV Programmes, such as Huffington Post, The Guardian, Wired, Dutch Technology Review and BBC. She is a co-founder and principal creative researcher of World Wilder Lab (www.worldwilderlab.net), previously working for collaborative communities such as Protei (now www.scoutbots.com). She works for commercial clients, museum and institutional commissions and public displays and festivals. She lectures, presents and run workshops and brainstorming sessions. She also publish regularly. She is a licensed Scuba Diver, avid traveller, aerial photographer and spent her childhood sailing on the merchant navy vessels.
How to make an ocean? (2020)

Can my tears sustain a sea life?

I experienced devastating loss in Autumn 2019. Death of a friend, of a close family member and a terminal illness, and a subsequent passing of another friend. I have cried many tears during this time while dealing with grief, and at some point I started to collect them in a small container.

Then the pandemic has started. New uneasy sensation has entered my life with a sense of restlessness and unpredictability humming in the background, amplifying already present anxiety. Tears became a sort of soothing remedy for me, their 'presence' intensified by a knowledge that so many other people felt the same way.

During this time I read 'Flights' Olga Tokarczuk (Nobel Prize in Literature 2019) and there was a short story where this question was posed: How to Make an Ocean. It struck a chord with me because I spent my childhood on the open ocean, I live by the sea and sea is a huge part of my life.

With so many tears I started to wonder whether it is possible to cultivate some marine life in them. To make something life affirming was my way to deal with this devastating loss - not only personal or caused by pandemic, but also environmental.

How to Make an Ocean is my journey through the past 18 months, an experience of the narrative in a form of multi-facade installation, in which the audience is invited to look at the collection of tears and life present in them, and also in which willing participants, with help of AI Moirologist Bot are invited to try to shed some tears, so that they can contribute to the growth of my mini-oceans.

Kasia Molga

EMAP/EMARE grants of Kasia Molga