Alumni Stories: Eva Bakkeslett (MA Arts and Ecology)
Next up in our rolling series of focus pieces on alumni of Dartington is Eva Bakkeslett, an artist, filmmaker, cultural activist and curator who studied Arts and Ecology at Dartington College of Arts.
Rømmekolle Revival – inspiring cultural activism with a revived heirloom bacterial culture, Barents Spektakel 2015. Photo: Barents Spektakel
There are countless examples of artists and activists who studied at Dartington over the years, and it’s always a delight to hear back from students who have gone on to work on inspiring projects around the world. Eva studied Arts and Ecology at Dartington College of Arts and, with them MA Arts and Ecology restarting at Dartington Arts School this April, now seemed as good a time as any to find out more about what she’s been up to since graduating.
Eva Bakkeslett is an artist, filmmaker, cultural activist and curator. Through her work, she conveys connections between nature and culture as a living organism. Communication across species boundaries, bacterial cultures and fermentation as a process and metaphor is central to her work and disseminated in the form of socially engaged and inclusive projects. Her work provides insight into poetic, sensory and transformative processes where new perspectives are revealed and materialized.
In 2021, Eva’s work was part of Ferment, an arts & ecology festival at Dartington. Ferment was a collaboration with Cyfest, the biggest digital art festival in Eastern Europe, which explores new forms of art and high technology interactions, exposing audiences to works in the field of robotics, video art, sound art and net art. We were thrilled to host this new edition in the beautiful Devon countryside, which offers itself as a stark contrast to the artworks.
Eva shows, lectures and performs her work worldwide and her films have been screened in numerous film festivals and art events. As a curator, she has focused on the connection between art and ecology through Gentle Actions at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, in 2010, the Repair program at gallery ROM, Oslo in 2016-17 and in her most recent project The Conference of the Birds 2018-23. Eva has an MA in Art & Ecology from Dartington College of Art in England, and lives on Engeløya in North Norway. Here she has created an Artist Residency program and a guest studio as a platform for aesthetic collaborations and enquiry, founded in ecological and interconnected thinking and working.
MA Arts and Ecology returns to Dartington as one of the new postgraduate programmes at Dartington Arts School. The first iteration of the course starts in April. To find out more and to apply for one of the limited number of remaining places, click the button below.