About the Book
Bamboocene: Memories of synchronicity will be presented at Myymälä2 gallery by the visual artist Monika Czyżyk in August 2020. This multi-year media project was commissioned by the municipalities of Wanjian and Shangcun, located in Anhui province. It was created in cooperation with the the Institute for Provocation, a studio art residency located in Beijing, and the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design. For the exhibition Czyżyk has invited the media artist Torsten Zenas Burns to create two digital print projects related to the looped film and sculptural works. The 1st a reimagined collaborative graphic novel project called: THE BAMBOONAUT CLUSTER. A series of non-linear drawings that follows a bamboo entity and allies (both dead, alive and somewhere in-between) researching and manifesting tools from ecological fictions, sequential art history and experimental cinema all in the hopes of rewilding the planet. The 2nd is a photographic catalogue project BAMBOONAUT 1+2 documenting Czyżyk’s docufictional film project, I Want to Build a Rocket, from its origins in China through its most recent scenes created in Finland.
Torsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator currently based in Dubai, UAE. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He has created video, photo and installations exploring speculative content, including re-imagined educational practices, experimental space programs, afterlife relationships, Humanimal stories and post-human fictions. He collaborates with Darrin Martin, Monika Czyzyk and Anthony Discenza (HALFLIFERS). Burns' selected video work + Netart is distributed by Vtape, VDB, and EAI. Burns participated in residency programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Signal Culture, Smackmellon, Eyebeam and LMCC World views studio program.