COMPLAINTS CHOIR -INSTALLATION @ KUSNTVEREIN LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY, 12 APRIL – 30 JUNE, 2019

Complaints Choirs -solo exhibition will open at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen 12 May. As part of the installation we will premier the complaints choir, which we made in Georgia! We will make an artist talk at the Kunstverein 30 June. Thank you curator Barbara Auer!

HAVANA BIENNIAL 2019, 12 APRIL – 12 MAY 2019

9 CARTUCHOS
– Paper Bag Stories From Cuba

The paper bag is a deceptively simple object, often overlooked, seldom admired. It nevertheless can tell manifold  stories spanning from early industrialization, to late modernist consumer society up to the most recent global trade wars.  Especially in the Cuban context, with its own economic model, the blockade of the US and the collapse of the Eastern bloc the simple paper bag can be a great interrogator of histories, politics, economics and, conflicts of a global scale. In Cuba paper bags mean both past and the future: paper bags were changed into plastic bags when the Soviet Union collapsed, so for many people they are nostalgic objects.

We commissioned local professional writers and thinkers to write a speech about Cuba from their particular point of view – using a paper bag as a reference point. An edition of 7 paper bags with excerpts of each of the 7 speeches  printed on the bags in total 100.000 bags.  The bags are distributed over the period of the biennial to vegetable markets and small grocery stores around Havana to be given out to people. Thus the artwork is slowly distributed to many households of the city over the period of the biennial.  The speeches at whole can be listened at the Havana biennale exhibition

101 FOR ALL -PIECE IS NOW ONLINE: SATAYKSI.FI

101 kaikkien puolesta on julkaistu myös verkossa! https://satayksi.fi

101 For all is now online. It is first only in Finnish, but later on we will add English subtitles.

Imagine a Finland of 100 inhabitants: 51 of them would be women, 13 would be over 70 years old, one would be from Asia and one would hold a Ph.D. 101 For All put it’s focus at the people hidden inside statistics – and to the stories behind their opinions.

In 2015 we visited one hundred homes around Finland and interviewed people about their personal relationship with 30 topics that tend to divide opinions. The 100 interviewees formed a cross-section of the Finnish population in terms of gender, age, region, education, level of income, country of origin and mother tongue.

Why do we think like we think? The interviewees tried to pinpoint experiences and influences that play a role on how their opinions were shaped. Their 1900 responses fed into an interactive video-installation first shown in Helsinki Art Hall in 2015.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation supported the exhibition in Helsinki Art Hall and the publishing of the work online in 2019. Even 92 of 100 participants allowed their interviews to be used also in the online version of the art piece. The photo is from the installation in Helsinki Art Hall.

 

ARCHIPELAGO SCIENCE FICTION @ ZENTRUM FÜR TEORETISCHE PERIPHERIE, BERLIN, 8-9 DEC, 2018

Archipelago Science Fiction will be part of  Making Worlds at Zentrum für Teoretische Peripherie, Berlin. The event includes screenings and performances from artists Monika Czyżyk | Henna-Riikka Halonen | Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta | Tuomas A. Laitinen | Bjørn MelhusAlmagul Menlibayeva | Jaakko Pallasvuo | Ming Wong and conversations facilitated by curator Isabel de Sena.

101 FOR ALL @ STADTGALLERIE KIEL, SPRING 2019

The huge work of translating 101 For All  in English  is done! Thank you Laura Hilska for the crazy translating the work, which has 65 hours of video material! We are very happy to have the work passing the borders of Finland already in spring 2019: We´ll show it at  Stadtgallerie Kiel as part of An Der Nordkante -exhibition.

CONSIDERING FINLAND @ LUDWIGSHAFEN, NOV 2018 – JAN 2019

Our work Archipelago Science Fiction will be part of Considering Finland -exhibition in Ludwigshafen Art Museum 10 November 2018 – 13 January 2019. In the piece inhabitants of archipelago of west Finland are acting in four sci-fi scenarios imagining the future of the area. 10 November a screening of People in White as well as our artist talk will be organised as part of the program. The exhibition is curated by Barbara Auer and Stefanie Kleinsorge.

COMMON GROUND WEB SITE AND OPEN CALL LAUNCHED!

Common Ground – A Public Space Game (Keskustelupuisto) web site is launched, and the project is now open for applications! Anyone living in Rauma, Finland, can apply. The project will involve 36 residents who reflect the age distribution of the local population. They will design and realise a public park within a game-like process April 2019 – August 2020. The game will consist of six moves that begin with individual views and move gradually toward collectiveness. In the beginning, the park will be divided into 36 parts, with each participant initially receiving one part to design. A sum of 200 euros per person will be reserved for each move in the game. After the initial individual move, participants will get a chance to cooperate during moves 2–5; they can merge their plots and pool their allocations. The changes to the park will be implemented as the game progresses. The sixth move can only be made by unanimous decision. A sum of 14,000 euros will be reserved for the last move. When all changes are made, a party will be held to celebrate completion of the project. The project is collaboration with Lönnström Art Museum.

TRACKING DAR ES SALAAM @ MÄNTTÄ ART FESTIVAL, 2018

We are honoured to have the Finland premiere of Tracking Dar Es Salaam at Mänttä Art Festival (17 June – 31 August, 2018), curated by Veikko Halmetoja.

The work is an interactive video installation, which shows parallel realities of Dar es Salaam through one ordinary weekday of 11 local inhabitants. The spectator have to make choices which of the video clips to watch, recorded in different parts of the city during that day – which of the people to follow and listen. The soundtrack consists of recorded interviews with the participants as well as music, which is individually composed for each of the 11 inhabitants.

This work was originally curated by ZK/U, funded by Habitat Unit / Technische Universität Berlin, AVEK and Taike, Finland and hosted by Nafasi Art Space in Dar es Salaam. The music for the work was composed by Nick Martin and Tellervo Kalleinen.

AVATAR INFLUENCE GAME @ MAUNULA, HELSINKI, JUNE 2018

In Avatar Influence Game, commissioned by m-cult, three different groups from Maunula neighbourhood try to influence their surroundings through an avatar. They control the avatars real time – played by actors Outi Vuoriranta, Niina Sillanpää and Max Bremer – as the avatars move within the local ‘game zone’.

Public can follow the gaming 6 June 5-8pm / 7 June 2-6pm / 10 June 1-6pm at Maunulatalo.

COMMON GROUND – A PUBLIC SPACE GAME @ RAUMA, FINLAND (2018-2020)

We are happy to announce that our project proposal, submitted to the open call of Lönnström Art Museum, was selected. The generous production sum of 150 000 euro allowed us to think big, and we developed the concept COMMON GROUND – A Public Space Game.

We´ll invite 36 people to turn an appointed piece of land into a public park within a two year process. The design process has six devolvement stages, which we call “the moves”. The 36 people are representative for the age distribution in the area.

The project is a journey from individual visions into a collective process. For each of the moves the participants can use 200 euro each. In the first move the participants implement their individual ideas to their own small plot, basing on their own vision of the park. The moves 2-5 bring them into interaction with the ideas of the other participants, and they can choose whether to continue working alone or combine ideas, plots and the money with some fellow participants. The move 6 is a collective one, and it takes place only if the group has a consensus of what to do with 14000 euro. When the park is ready, we´ll celebrate!

Locals and the internet audience can follow how the park develops. The interviews, which are done before and after the process, capture the participants´thoughts about ownership, differences and collective decision making. The interviews can be listened in the park after it gets ready.

 

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