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Image: Ben Jeans Houghton, SCREAMING BIRD, SINGING DAWN, RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, 2019 (film still) courtesy the artist

The sister space of contemporary art giant BALTIC, Newcastle’s artistic hub BALTIC 39 welcomes three new solo shows from artists who explore human relationships in unique and interesting ways.

Henna Asikainen’s Omens Project – Making Futures takes concepts of nature and the environment as its starting point, with a particular focus on the destructive power of humans. Having produced Omens Project – Making Futures as part of Refugee Week, participants from both local and migrant communities created objects following the practice of molybdomancy, a method of divination based on the interpretation of cast shadows, with the resulting sculptures revealing the ‘secrets’ of the omen maker.

Kara Chin’s Sentient-Mecha-Furniture meanwhile focuses on ethical conundrums within fast evolving technologies; her work has featured kinetic and robotic pieces, with anthropomorphic features, limbs and moving elements transforming sculptures into animated characters and fictional future household appliances gone rogue.

Ben Jeans Houghton investigates magic and ritual in SCREAMING BIRD, SINGING DAWN, RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, a film essay commissioned by BALTIC. Developed during his two-month residency in South Korea in 2018, it explores the ritual practices of Korean shamanism, discussing broader ideas around alternative knowledge, creation myths and belief systems. Kara and Ben will also collaborate on a performance event on Wednesday 4th March.

Henna Asikainen, Kara Chin and Ben Jeans Houghton present their work at BALTIC 39, Newcastle until Sunday 26th April

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