Monster of the Seven Lakes 1


22.7.-3.9.2017 Treignac Projet
Treignac, France

Opening at 22.7.2017 18.00!

An exhibitionary entanglement with art works by Sabrina Chou, Caroline Doolin, The Otolith Group and Laura Põld, Moomin books by Tove Jansson and various intra-structural narratives.


In one of the seven lakes there is an island, the island of Vassivière where this all began. On this island the Summer Ambiance turned geography → ← intra-structures, inanimate → ← animate, holiday → ← survival, global → ← local, and the Douglas fir wood industry seems to form networks like clusters of amanitas…

The dams of these artificial lakes produce electricity, though for local people the story goes that these lakes exist to keep water to cool down the nuclear plant in the moment of an emergency.

The valley is inhabited by the Moomin family and their kin and companions. It is hard to detect any ontological order here: a comet, creatures, a forest, mountains, entities, a stream, water, a hat, a house, love, threat, sex and genders, seem to be on the stage of a constant coming into being.

The Klovharu island in the Finnish archipelago, marked by solitude and endless companionship, where a writer and an artist used to go every summer – is diffracted trough painterly, material and spatial placements and layerings. The sea joins with tactility, canvas and ceramics – a remembrance of bodies pressed against the rock – haunted by time spent in Yamanashi prefecture, intra-acting within an industrial-rural environment.

Heat spurts out through the crust on yet another islands. Heat that is useful and useless; an expression and a resource; heat that is produced through the love of two tectonic plates, plates that bare the weight of geothermal energy plants, glass factories, geological measures, and human apparatus-industries.

Finally, civilization, infrastructures, highways and cars have entangled themselves into a desert thrilled by constant geological shivering. The earth cracks and throws a seismic psyche to the whole of Southern California.

Still in another valley in Treignac, there is a river and a former yarn factory. In the yard of the factory there is a horn that warns you if the dam bursts. The sound of the horn is not just a warning of potential danger but a reminder of a constant monstrous state where one is not enough and two is too many.


Intra-Structures – Monster of the Seven Lakes is an entanglement of artistic commissions, pre-existing art works and curatorial ideas by Jussi Koitela. It creates a narrative that challenge material, geographical, economic and infrastructural ethico-onto-epistemological orders of modernity and progress. The aim is to trigger knowledge from within merged stages of queer human-nonhuman landscapes, geo-economic-infrastructures and global earthly connections. Release the in/animated intra-active agential monster!

The participation of Laura Pöld is supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture, Outset Estonia and Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM). Part of Sabrina Chou’s works have been produced at The Castle, International Centre for Art and Landscape, Île de Vassivière, 2016. Intra-Structures – Monster of the Seven Lakes part of broader Entangling Matter and Meaning project.


Entangling Matter and Meaning is a project organised by artists Sam Basu and Jaana Laakkonen and curator Jussi Koitela at Treignac Projet, July 2017. It takes a form of artists’ residences, a workshop, commissioned artistic installations and interferences and an exhibition. The project will consider contemporary artistic, curatorial and institutional practices through recent queer and feminist-posthuman critical thinking.

The key undertaking of this multi-disciplinary response is the work of physicist, philosopher of science and feminist, Karen Barad. Within Barad’s thinking, artistic, curatorial and institutional practices are doings; in/voluntary ways of participating in versatile processes that are unable to fit into studio, exhibition space, or institutional infrastructure. Nor can they be contained in the spectator, artist or curator, neither in mind nor body. Doing is co-doing – material-discursive and already very much more flourishing than normalised stories and categories imply. How to do art, curate or institute, and who/what is doing? And what if subject and object are results of specific cuts in intra-actions, making each other, not pre-existing, as the Modern tale proposes.

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Treignac Projet is a rural Art Centre set in a former yarn factory in the Correze region of France. It programs a series of curated international exhibitions as well as artists’ residencies with a bias towards group and collaborative research residencies. As part of its vision to explore and simultaneously make available and accessible cutting edge approaches to contemporary art, Treignac Projet hosts conferences and workshops to accompany its residency and exhibition program. Treignac Projet is supported by Drac Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Conseil Départemental de la Corrèze and Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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Image: Sabrina Chou, Castle, International Centre for Art and Landscape, Île de Vassivière, 2016