An artist's book / catalogue exploring the new role of the image in a world modeled by visual artifacts.
For her works, Katja Novitskova adapts images from online sources, referring to realities that lie beyond the capacities of the human eye but have long entered our lives as visual artifacts. Today, almost all aspects of human (and increasingly nonhuman) lives are registered or modeled by software on an environmental scale. Data collection and processing have transcended the limits of our planet and become the primary tools for navigating Earth and beyond. The artist book Dawn Mission explores this radically new articulation of the role of the image and how constant mediation gains an ecological dimension.
Published following the eponymous exhibition, Kunstverein, Hamburg, from April 23 to July 3, 2016.
Born 1984 in Tallin, Estonia, Katja Novitskova lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin.
Graduated in semiotics, cultural studies, science in digital media, Katja Novitskova's sculptures and installations explore the tension between the Internet and the physical world. They are based on images sourced from the Internet or everyday objects which she reworks, endowing them with a new, singular, disturbing state of being.
Katja Novitskova's work has recently been exhibited at the K11 Foundation, Shanghai (2017), the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2017), the Kunstverein Hamburg (2016), the Kunsthalle Lissabon in Lisbon (2015), and has been part of the New York City Public Art Fund program (2017). She was in residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam in 2013–2014, and she represented Estonia at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.