Della Giustina Christina

Artist Name

Della Giustina Christina

Residency Program Title

Swiss artist-in-labs Programm 2011

Residency Program




Institute Lab Title

Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL), Birmensdorf ZH

Artistic Background

Scientific Discipline

Ecology and Environment



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Christina Della Giustina lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied Philosophy, Art History, and Linguistics at the University of Zurich; and Fine Art and Political Theory at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht. Her trans-disciplinary artistic practice includes site-specific work with live and/or interactive audio-, video-, and light, performance, composition, drawing and writing. She focuses on translating the data from specific sites into artistic notations that are conceived to be interpreted and experienced in the form of a collective enactment of the site. The resulting performance re-creates the site as sensory event and calls for questions that cross disciplines about our ways of being with ourselves and the world, and that modify the “self” related to the site. She is currently a lecturer in Fine Art at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and enrolled in a practice-led PhD program at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.



From the beginning of the residency on the artist collected the documents, imageries and ideas she gathered. Three books stem from this notes. They collect information on the three species in the form of basic scientific facts on: soil, roots, and their interactions; on stem anatomy, morphology, and architecture; and on leaves and their gas-exchange with the air. Daily thoughts and observations Christina made while working build additional layers. This collection has an experimental approach, in the overlap and intertwining of images, data, and texts from different - although related - sources, in search for yet unknown connections, relationships, and sense.