When I was a kid, our favourite thing to do was to build these small huts in the woods from dead branches. In those huts we used to smoke canes like tobacco and play with fire.
At some point selfish instinct of self-preservation rocketed sky high and we were embarrassed of our wild childish thoughts. We had a drive for the nucleus of it all and a value system that set us apart from the universe. We were godlike and justified our actions via careless reasons. The same carelessness set us to see the world around us as a resource, not as something to coexist with. The play ended, but fire still burns.
I used to work as an engineer in a big steel casting company. I saw the world through design, calculated tolerances and efficiencies. Rationality and order standing in foreground in my life.
Now I try to set myself free from that rooted paradigm of technology and place it in contrast with the unconcerned ways of the universe. Through my art I want to search sacredness in organic and inorganic.
I am building those huts of my childhood again. This time in different forms and manifestations. I want to waste my bodily energy lavishly onto uncountable practises and playful acts. To have the time as non-productive as possible and engage myself into a journey with ambivalent feelings.
Limited resources and different forms of energy are the study of my practise and I want to show my own struggle and compunction towards more sustainable ways of living and making art. My still- and moving image projects are not just exposing the image of the study itself, but the resource for the image to be. This is for example due revealing the limitations of technology.
I want to pursue for the self-sufficient and non-cumulative art forms that repel against individualism and productive tendencies of our technoculture. Opposite to immaterial, my art studies the materiality of the world and the ways of how I encounter it.
My art is an agent of continuity and sustainability, still remaining critical to its own medium and exhibition.
Verneri Salonen (b. 1989) is a Helsinki based media artist currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in the Time and Space department in University of the Arts Helsinki. Verneri’s work focuses on different forms of energy with themes arising from personal experiences.
He is interested in exploring and exposing hidden materialities and preconditions of our contemporary technoculture. Verneri has participated in multiple group exhibitions and film screenings in Finland and Norway. Since 2016, he has also been part of the organizing team of a moving image society called Kino Club Helsinki.