LAS Online

An Ongoing Series of Artists’ Interventions

Jenna Sutela, nimiia cétiï, 2018.

As part of LAS’ commitment to digital technologies, artists have been invited to conceive an online intervention to be featured on its website. Reinforcing the idea that the LAS website is a platform beyond information resources, each experience through the lens of the artist will tackle topics ranging from sustainability to biotechnology to outer space. These engaging interventions also act as teasers and introductions to each artist’s work. This series features, amongst others, Jenna Sutela who translates the movement of bacteria into a Martian tongue language; Meriem Bennani comments on Western Immigration policies by imagining a near-future scenario that includes crocodiles who can quantum teleport; Nkisi invites users to listen to a soundtrack of the cosmos, and Omsk Social Club challenges visitors to choose their own path in an adventure game leading into the unknown.

Featured Artists (among others):
Jenna Sutela, Meriem Bennani, Nkisi, Omsk Social Club

Jenna Sutela, nimiia cétiiï, 2018

nimiia cétiï (2018) is an audiovisual work by Jenna Sutela using machine learning to generate a new written and spoken language. This language is based on the computer's interpretation of a Martian tongue from the late 1800s, originally channelled by the French medium Hélène Smith and now voiced by Sutela as well as the movement of Bacillus subtilis nattō, an extremophilic bacterium that, according to recent spaceflight experimentation, can survive on Mars. The machine, in this project, is a medium, channelling messages from entities that usually cannot speak. The work is also about intelligent machines as aliens of our creation. For her LAS intervention, Sutela invites visitors to the LAS website to listen in on the conversations in this extraterrestrial language.


Jenna Sutela (b. 1983) is a Berlin-based artist from Finland who works with words, sounds and other living media, such as bacteria and slime mold. Her audiovisual pieces, sculptures and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology. Sutela's work has been presented at art institutions internationally, including Guggenheim Bilbao, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and the Serpentine Galleries, London.


Meriem Bennani: Party on the CAPS, 2018 (video still).

Meriem Bennani

Feb 2021 — Mar 2021

Nkisi / Melika Ngombe Kolongo: Orb, 2020 (video still).


Apr 2021 — May 2021

Omsk Social Club: Ouroboros Unrealism, 2020.

Omsk Social Club

Jun 2021 — Jul 2021