Finland: Complex thoughts in a basic daily life style

Half of the residency time here at Saari is over now. And it is like always: it feels short and long at the same time. Apart from our island hopping trip in the first week and our weekly shopping trip to the nearby village, I haven’t left our island in 4 weeks now – or only to walk or bike on the frozen bay. I want to go to Turku, Finland’s old capital and only about 30 km away at some point but until now, I have much appreciated the opportunity to do not much more than sleep, eat and work (maybe not in that order…) – and chat with the others over coffee or dinner and have sauna occasionally of here to stand on the frozen bay… (then click and drag to turn)

Work is going at a slow pace, and I sometimes wish it would go faster. But then I think that at any other place, less quiet than here, I might not make any real progress at all. It is all still a lot of research and I am into complexity and complex adatptive systems right now – a complex subject indeed. It applies to many fields like our society and economics but of course I came to be interested in it because biological cells are considered to be such complex systems as well. Trying to grasp complexity and related phenomena as self-oranization or emergence isn’t easy; and even when I get an idea of their nature I wonder how to visualize them in a non-trivial way. I started incorporationg text and simple black and white graphical elements as I somehow think inherent complexity should be met with visual simplicity that could then maybe start complex processes in our mind… Well, we’ll see.

my workspace in the farmhand cottage


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About Rona Rangsch

Rona Rangsch graduated in Theoretical Physics in 1996 at the University of Cologne. After scientific research activities at several renowned institutions she made physics her hobby to start a carreer as an artist. The media she is working with range from video and photography over installation and sound to different kinds of animation. She was awarded a series of international residency grants and work stipends. Besides exhibiting her own work in Germany and abroad she co-curates the exhibition program of Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund where she is a member since 2003. (

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