About the Book
A series of thirty two drawings that follows a bamboo entity and allies (both dead, alive and somewhere in-between) researching and manifesting tools from ecological fictions, sequential art history, architectural residue, speculative design, mushroom spores and experimental cinema all in the hopes of rewilding the planet. Each drawing is a proposed cover for a comic book series that only exists in one’s imagination.
Embedded collaboration 1:
Within the pages we also see bamboonauts guest artists visiting us from China, Italy, Finland and Czechia. Each of the shared projects explore electronic interspecies communication and environmental relationships.
Embedded collaboration 2:
Mobile app saturated images documenting Monika Czyzyk’s docufictional film project, I want to build a rocket, from its origins in China through its most recent scenes created in Finland.
Launched on the occasion of Monika Czyzyk’s
Bamboocene: Memories of Synchronicity
2020 exhibition at Myyamala 2 gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Torsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator currently based in Helsinki, Finland. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He has created video, photo, publications, graphic novels and installations exploring speculative content, including re-imagined educational practices, experimental space programs, eco-fictions, afterlife relationships, Humanimal stories and post-human narratives. He collaborates with Darrin Martin, Monika Czyzyk and Anthony Discenza (HALFLIFERS). Burns' selected video work + Netart is distributed by Vtape, VDB, and EAI. Burns participated in residency programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Signal Culture, Smackmellon, Eyebeam and LMCC World views studio program.