The conflicting situations that are the starting point of my work are communicated using different media, mainly photographs, videos and objects. I use these elements so as to create discrete levels or planes behind or in front of the pictorial surface. The aim is to infuse the image with depth, liveliness and three-dimensionality so as to make it seem more real both to me and its eventual viewers; another aim is that it would enable me to share the original conflicting situations with the viewer. My term for the final works installed in a gallery or some other venue is ‘situation sculpture’.

Recent Exhibitions

LOCAL ENERGY - NIGHT OF THE ARTS PROGRAMME 

Thu Aug 24, 12 am-10 pm 

 

PIENENERGIA art exhibition

Art works by Antti Maasalo, Egle Oddo, Kristina Sedlerova and Justin Tyler Tate. 

Ajatus archive (Archive of Thoughts).

Compiled by Marjatta Oja.

* Venetsia building, 1st floor, 12am-10 pm.

 

LOCAL ENERGY PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Artists and scholars will tackle the topic of energy from various angles, from those of emphaty, psyche and art making. The language of the panel is Finnish.

1.00 pm - Lapinlahden Lähde

1.15 pm - Introductions

Petri Ruikka, Mari Keski-Korsu and Maarit Laihonen: Regenerative Notes – Reflecting and Developing Empathetic Practices in Post-Fossil World

Riikka Stewen and Mikko Salmela: Psyche and Energy

Hanna Johansson and visual artist Katarina Reuter: Everyday energy need

3.30 pm - Coffee break & Performance “Ark of Seeds - Arboretum Corporis" by Egle Oddo

4.30 pm - Panel discussion, moderated by Hanna Johansson.

* Venetsia building, 2nd floor, 1 pm-6 pm.

 

KINOBOX OBSCURA PRESENTS: KO SILVERSHADOW MARK 2

The artists transport two spectators at a time in a mobile pinhole camera (camera obscura) attached to a moving bike. The landscape of the route is projected for the spectators to view in 3D and in color, without using any electricity. 

* Departures in front of Venetsia building, 6 pm-10 pm 

 

FOUR VARIATIONS ON CONSUMMATION OF ELECTRICITY

What does the annual consummation of electricity in a flat in Helsinki sound like? In a sound artwork commissioned by Local Energy art event, musicians interpret the consummation graphics of electrical energy and produce four variations of them with the least possible energy. The live performance takes its final form in collaboration with the audience.

Seppo Kantonen, oration, walking, iPad

Arttu Partinen, cassette deck and effects

Liisa Nassir Tolonen, production

* Performances at 6.30 pm & 8.30 pm (duration 50 min)

 

Free admission to all events – Welcome!

Organised by Local Energy workgroup.

Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and City of Helsinki.

In partnership with Lapinlahden Lähde.

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"Jälkiä maisemassa ja maiseman jälki" - Ajauksia-ryhmän vetämiä kokemuksellisia kävelyretkiä Helsingin Lapinlahdessa. / 

"Marks in the view and a trace of the landscape" - Experimental walks by Ajauksia group in Lapinlahti, Helsinki.

PE / FRI 25.8 klo / at 12-15

LA / SAT 26.8 klo / at 19-22

SU / SUN 27.8 klo / at 8-11

Lähtö Venetsia-rakennuksen edestä. Seuraa opasteita. /

Departure in front of Venetsia building. Follow the signs.

Ehdotamme erilaisia tulokulmia paikan kokemiselle ja kehollisen energian pohdiskelulle. / We will suggest a variety of different angles to experience a place and to approach body energy.

Mitä on kehollinen energia ja miten sitä syntyy? /

What is body energy and how is it generated?

Mitä kokemuksen heilahdus, avautuminen, rajautuminen, kerrostuma, herkistymä tuottavat? / What does a swing, opening, bounding, sediment, sensation of experience produce?

Kävelyn kesto on 2,5-3 tuntia. / 

Duration of the walk is 2,5-3 hours.

Pukeudu sään mukaan ja ota oma kuppi mukaan / Dress by the weather and bring your own cup with you!

Retket ovat osa ArtsEqual -hanketta ja Lähienergia-tapahtumaa 22.8.-3.9.2017, Helsinki. / The excursions are part of ArtsEqual -project and Local Energy Art Event organised 22.8.-3.9.2017 in Helsinki.

The exhibiton is compiled by Marjatta Oja:

"Pienenergia (Small Scale Energy) Exhibition is dealing with human size energy. The selected art works do not consume energy more than their authors can produce. In other words, the works are human size and have been produced mainly for domestic space and use, often constructed by hand, as tools for private use. Being economically 'unprofitable' they have been left to develop in peace. In these works the artists, many of whom work on their art persistently without support, have preserved their innovations, ideas and dreams."

In the exhibiton Oja launches the Ajatus Archive (Archive of Thoughts), an on-going project for archiving artists’, thinkers’ and inventors’ ideas, which have emerged from the desire to improve our relation to our environment and nature. The archive will consist of art works, projects and ideas that have not yet been presented, got enough attention, or people do not know about them. The first parts of the Ajatus Archive project will be launched in Pienenergia exhibition.

The publicized information:

Pienenergia-exhibition, Tue 22 August 2017 at 5 pm

Venetsia-building in Lapinlahti former psychiatric clinic (Lapinlahdentie 1, 00180 Helsinki)

In the exhibition, I have asked for works from artists, who in their artistic work examine our relationship to worrying everyday phenomena, such as mass production, conspicuous consumption, incremental waste, energy production and its commercialization, conflicts and how time concerns us.

Individual artists, thinkers and designers invent all the time things, which could help and improve on our cohabitation with each other and the nature – sometime even solve big problems. However, often individual thoughts get buried under louder media, big institutions and spectacles.

I have collected art works by four artists and ideas by more than ten artsists, designers and thinkers in a small exhibiton space – an old storeroom for linen in the former Lapinlahti psychiatric clinic in Helsinki. The first open call for ideas for the Ajatus Archive (An Archive of Thoughts) did not spark anyone, but when I contacted people personally, I got an excited response. Thank you for all the participants! This is an example of what is important also at this moment... human size energy, interpersonality and mutual communication.

The artists and the artworks presented in the exhibition:

Antti Maasalo: TV-chair, 2017 Installation

Egle Oddo: Ark of Seeds - Arboretum Corporis, 2017
Installation and performances August 22 at 6 pm & August 24 at 3.30 pm

Justin Tyler Tate: (re)Construction Manual, 2016
The manual and a selection of the content of the book mounted on the wall

Kristina Sedlerova: no time, 2017
Sculpture (orbicular rock) outside and an A4 print on the wall in the exhibition space.

Programme of Pienenergia exhibition opening

(re)Construction Manual

Performance Ark of Seeds - Arboretum Corporis by Egle Oddo at 6 pm.

The opening of the Pienenergia exhibition is the first event of Lähienergia–Local Energy art event organised in Lapinlahti, Helsinki 22.8.-3.9.2017.
More information
www.facebook.com/LahienergiaLocalenergy.
The event is organised by Lähienergia/Local Energy -workgroup, and supported by

Arts Council of Finland and City of Helsinki. In partnership with Lapinlahden Lähde. 

 


Excavations-exhibition, at the Gallery Saariaho Järvenpää, Opening of the exhibition 24.5.2017, Wellcome!

The exhibition features work by three artists who reflect on the urban space around the Viiskulma intersection in Helsinki. This landmark site, where five streets cross, demarcates the border between two historically opposing neighbourhoods; inner city development has resulted in a shifting of the economic specificities of the area where a once working class neighbourhood buttressed an affluent one.

The unique layout of the five-corner intersection is referred to in the works in the exhibition. Shoji Kato’s sculpture invoking a miniature landscape suggests a prehistoric geography of hills and passes that led to the unorthodox tracing of the city streets. Marjatta Oja’s video installation or situation sculpture, as she calls her works, uses five channels to present multiple viewpoints on the intersection as told first-hand in interviews with its residents. The ongoing history of the neighbourhood is a background for these accounts suggesting that the urban transformations are outlived and superseded by the everyday lives of those inhabiting it. Kato’s geographical tracings, the rubbings of cobblestones and and a photograph of an abandoned quarry, suggest the passage of time and the passing of inhabitants moulding the landscape and shifting the urban setting. Urban transformation is likewise evoked by Paul Landon’s cardboard and wood reliefs of cinema interiors; the disappearance of local cinemas, characterised by the marquee sign of the Merano, a cinema closed over a decade ago, that remains an architectural feature of the intersection, is a symptom of the changing social functions that built space undergoes in the city.

 

While drawing no conclusions as to the possible futures for the Viiskulma neighbourhoods, Kato, Landon and Oja look to its complex presences and pasts to reflect on its potential.

 

 

Rethinking Digitalization

Rethinking Digitalization 24.3 - 9.4.2017

Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36

Avoinna ti-su 11-18 / Open thu-sun 11-18

In order to be precise, to start with, we did not rethink digitalization. Rethinking would imply that one would think again a concept that already is manifested, and took major role in art practise. In this sense we’re developing the thought more than rethinking it. 

 

“Digitalization” is an historical process proceeding in phases of development, success and failure. These phases, repeating it-selves so far, have been producing more knowledge on theory, science and so technology. Simultaneously, economical and socio-political fields absorbed and applied new possibilities to transform our everyday life. Following this approach, we did not find anything new. Instead our work was to define what is our own position; our distance to object “Digitalization” in term of materiality, memory, body, history, communication, economy… 

 

The exhibition proposal by artist Marjatta Oja and professor Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger happened in a spontaneous manner. The works were not curated in a hierarchical model, but based on exchange of individual thoughts as one of them was even to cancel the whole exhibition. 

 

Along the meetings, the shared interest in each other position actually operated as the catalyst for the process establishing the work plan. The multiple discussions among participants developed this will to understand how “Digitalization” relates to own work. This over all approach, possible in art academy and especially in a laboratory, produced an open framework which resulted in the various forms of artwork present in the exhibition. Some works were ready, some were already in the process of making, and others were produced specifically for the exhibition. 

 

Including works by:

 

Arja Kärkkäinen & Milja Moilanen 

Gregoire Rousseau 

Iiris Kaarlehto & Inka Kynkäänniemi 

Bogna Luiza Wisniewska 

LM Salling 

Fredrik Enges

Felicia Jansson 

Olga Benedicte

Matti Harju 

Inma Herrera 

Johannes Paahto & Harriina Räinä & Jari Vahtola

 

as well as an open booth curated by Andrey Bogush with the works by:

 

Bogdan Vladimir Ablozhnyy

Andrey Bogush

Océane Bruel

Monika Czyżyk

Vendula Knopová

Oskari Ruuska

Kristina Sedlerova

 

On the 29th of March:

Skype talk event with Aria Dean and Shawné Michaelain Holloway. Organized by Otto Byström.

 

Aria Dean is an artist, writer, and curator based in Los Angeles, CA. She currently holds the position of assistant curator of net art & digital culture at Rhizome. Her writing has been featured in Artforum, The New Inquiry, Real Life Magazine, Topical Cream Magazine, and X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. She has exhibited at Arcadia Missa (London), Club Pro (LA), and AALA (LA). She also co-directs Los Angeles gallery and project space As It Stands LA. Currently, Dean’s research, writing and visual work explores the relationship and resonances between blackness, media, and communication and information technologies. She works primarily through text and sculpture to hypothesize an apocalyptic blackness.

 

 

Shawné Michaelain Holloway is an internet artist using sound, video, and performance to re-stage personal narratives through materials appropriated from the web. her work shapes the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. her work has been exhibited internationally in spaces like the Festspielhaus Hellerau (Dresden, DE), Lafayette Anticipation (Paris, FR), and on NTS Radio.

 

Näyttelyn avajaiset torstaina 23.3.2017 klo 17-19. Tervetuloa!

 

Jos olemme aivan tarkkoja, emme ole ryhtyneet määrittelemään digitalisaation käsitettä uudelleen. Käsitteen uudelleen määrittelyssä on aina kyse siitä, että käsite on jo olemassa ja että sillä on merkittävä rooli taiteen alalla. Olemme siis oikeastaan kehittämässä käsitettä, emme määrittelemässä sitä uudelleen.

 

”Digitalisaatio” viittaa historialliseen prosessiin, joka koostuu kehitystyöstä, onnistumisista ja epäonnistumisista. Nämä vaiheet ovat kerta toisensa jälkeen toistuneet. Ne ovat tuottaneet lisää teoreettista, tieteellistä ja teknologista tietoa. Samalla taloudelliset, yhteiskunnalliset ja poliittiset alat ovat tarjonneet meille uusia mahdollisuuksia muuttaa arkielämäämme. Tästä näkökulmasta emme kuitenkaan löytäneet mitään uutta. Työmme tarkoituksena olikin asemoida itsemme, määrittää sijaintimme suhteessa ”digitalisaatioon” esimerkiksi materiaalisuuden, muistin, kehon, historian, viestinnän ja talouden näkökulmista.

 

Taiteilija Marjatta Oja ja professori Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger saivat ajatuksen näyttelystä spontaanisti. Näyttelyssä esiteltäviä töitä ei kuratoitu hierarkkisen mallin mukaisesti, vaan toiminta perustui ajatustenvaihtoon – jopa siinä määrin, että näyttelyn peruuntumista pidettiin yhtenä vaihtoehtona.

 

Tapaamisten myötä taiteilijat alkoivat kiinnostua toistensa näkemyksistä, ja näyttelyn työsuunnitelma muotoutui. Projektin osallistujat kävivät keskenään keskusteluja, joissa nousi esiin tarve ymmärtää, millä tavoin ”digitalisaatio” vaikuttaa kunkin taiteilijan omaan työskentelyyn. Tämä lähestymistapa on mahdollinen taidekorkeakoulun puitteissa ja erityisesti laboratorio-olosuhteissa. Se avoimeen viitekehykseen, joka mahdollisti näyttelyssä esiteltävien taideteosten moninaisuuden. Jotkin töistä olivat jo valmiita, jotkin vielä työn alla, kun taas osa teoksista tehtiin nimenomaan tätä näyttelyä varten.

 

Näyttelyyn osallistuvat taiteilijat:

 

Arja Kärkkäinen & Milja Moilanen 

Gregoire Rousseau 

Iiris Kaarlehto & Inka Kynkäänniemi 

Bogna Luiza Wisniewska 

LM Salling 

Fredrik Enges

Felicia Jansson 

Olga Benedicte

Matti Harju 

Inma Herrera 

Johannes Paahto & Harriina Räinä & Jari Vahtola

 

sekä Andrey Bogushin kuratoima kokonaisuus:

 

Bogdan Vladimir Ablozhnyy

Andrey Bogush

Océane Bruel

Monika Czyżyk

Vendula Knopová

Oskari Ruuska

Kristina Sedlerova

 

Maaliskuun 29. päivä:

 

Skype-keskustelutapahtuma Aria Deanin ja Shawné Michaelain Hollowayn kanssa. Keskustelun järjestäjänä Otto Byström.