SURI//NORDIC HEAT MAPPING
Suri//Nordic Heat Mapping consists of 8 generated heatmap-portraits reflecting cultural value differences in relation to nature represented as colors.
The project Suri//Nordic Heat Mapping modulates the idea of the classical portraiture moving towards an understanding of the face as a sensed, mapped landscape; a wet zone full of microbes. Overall the series is inspired by the French biologist Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) and his discovery of microorganisms and their complex interaction with their surroundings, which they affect and in return are affected by in their development. Humans are colonized by many microorganisms; many more non-human cells as human cells including bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists and viruses.
The heat maps are based on photos taken by the German photographer Hans Silvester of tribe members from the Suri Tribe from the west side of the Omo River in the Omo Valley in south-western Ethiopia characterized by there use of natural headwear of flowers, fruits, leaves, grasses, shells and animal horns, and the nordic collaborative photo project Eyes as big as plates between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth characterized by a search for modern human’s belonging to nature presenting elderly people in landscapes dressed in elements from the surroundings.
The different color tones in the heat map color schemes (high versus low chroma intensity) illustrate as such different cultural values though all the portraits literally integrate the surrounding landscape into the motives making nature acts as both content and context.