Through her research project, ‘Instarring’, Vibeke Mascini seeks to consciously and sensually understand electricity as a statement of ecological interconnectedness. Specifically, Vibeke is investigating the electric energy harnessed as a byproduct of destruction—of the fat of a stranded whale, confiscated cocaine and the hydraulic force of melting glacier water. The research is conducted alongside a reading of feminist theorist Karen Barad’s understanding of mattering — ‘simultaneously a matter of substance and significance’ — and with reference to theoretical and biological notions of (electric) entanglement as a situation of being intra-related.
Vibeke Mascini is an artist whose research explores historic and futuristic concepts of electricity as a speculative agent of life. Often working in long-term collaborations with scientists, engineers, government employees and musicians, Vibeke’s sculptures, installations, video, and texts seek to channel a deep intimacy with ephemeral subjects. Vibeke studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and received her BFA at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Over the past years she carried out artist-in-residencies at Delfina Foundation, UK; Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, NL; Fondazione Antonio Ratti, IT; Alps Art Academy, CH; and Studio Galeria FKSE, HU. Her publications include: The Dent of Walter Umenhofer (2015) and Cloud Inverse (2017).