The annual BFA graduates’ degree exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.
I wanted to embark on a bike ride to Berlin, and I needed to make some preparations for it. I checked some tips online and bought Osmo Soininvaara’s book “Cycling to Nice”. Then I bought a tent, padded bicycle shorts, a rubber basin plug etc. One evening I went out for a walk in a forest and found a bike frame that seemed adequate for my needs. In early June, I jumped into the saddle.
I spent my days looking for food and shelter. There were so many banal sights that I saw. A bird built a nest underneath the saddle, I lost my credit card in Lithuania, and I could not find my way around in Kaliningrad because I could not read the Cyrillic alphabet. The bird eventually left its nest without laying a single egg. When I arrived in Berlin, I took photographs of trees that had been numbered. I was told that there were altogether 440,000 trees and that each tree had an individual fostering plan.
The exhibition consists of three installations, which are accompanied by an interactive fundraising for the Taiteen Metsä (‘Forest for Art’) campaign organised by the Finnish National Heritage Foundation. The opening of the exhibition will also feature an evening-long performance called AR-Mosquito.
Works were exhibited 20.09.-13.10.2019 in the Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36 C, 00150, Helsinki.
Total of 244 names was written on the walls next to the piece for guessing the species of bird that was hiding in the gallery! That means that the whole 200€ material grant will be donated to Finnish National Heritage Foundation (https://www.luonnonperintosaatio.fi/fi/taiteen-metsa).
Big thanks for all of you, who put their guesses on the walls! 🙂
The technological stethoscope is listening to the communication between two external hard drives. The computer acts as a director between them, and the jerry can speaker is the narrator.
This system is fully automated: it turns itself on and off during the gallery opening hours and hibernates in cycles for the sake of energy consumption. The process loops different file types and file sizes between the hard drives, making the audible performance varied in time.
Beneath the coulisses of designed cases, one can find informative labels which are not informative at all for the common user. What does it mean to be blind to the information given and to the fossil capitalism that made it all possible in the first place?
The work itself is a part of the issue that it represents but tries to be self-aware by presenting its total energy consumption via energy meter connected to the circuit. The data is playing, and here we are listening the materiality of digitality.
The work is presented in the Suoja/Shelter Festival in June 7-9.2019 at the Space of Free Arts / Vapaan Taiteen Tila
The work has also been part of Sound Art & Sonic Arts: Hidden Materialities
Merimiehenkatu 36 C, 00150, Helsinki
Photographed interventions are build out of site specific materials and are to be disassembled by nature (decomposing/wind etc) or by myself and the places returned to their original state.
Creating these intuitive and experimental happenings were try outs for conscious being with that particular site and time.
Works were exhibited in a group exhibition called The Latency of the Images in January 2019 in the Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki.
With the Ants
I set my phone apart from myself, start filming and stay in the frame idling as long as my phone battery lasts. I have also done some photography series and other videos with same principle or ”rules” to search and to give attention to the limited resources when using technology.
Yucca Elephantipes Artificiālis
I ordered an artificial Yucca palm tree from China, assembled it and planted it in the motorway interchange in Nokia, Finland.
2018, Filmiversumi, Savoy-teatteri, Helsinki, Suomi
I built a totem from blocks of birch and wanted to reach out of the frame that I was filming with my camera. I repeated the performance three times. Each time I got further.
Uncapitals residency project, Norway, 2018
Premiere 2018, Sigrids Gallery, Kjøllefjord, Norway
Anton Riabinin, Verneri Salonen
Sasha Kozin, Camilia Schnack Tellefsen, Maria Lothe, Ksenia Shchetneva
Sound & 3d:
INSIDE/OUTSIDE THE BOX.
A film project from the exhibition Numur – Islam ja minä.
Numur – Islam ja minä -Exhibition was shown in Stoa gallery in Helsinki 1.11.‒17.11.2017 and in Migration Institute of Finland in Turku 26.2.‒18.3.2018.
May Ahmed, Verneri Salonen, Helena Oikarinen-Jabai
Cinematography and sound:
A short excerpt from a documentary film that I’m currently working on.
In 2016 I was working in a grocery store and decided to make some art inspired by that place: A photographic artist magazine and a board with ATM Receipts framing shopping lists that I found from that place. Here’s some photos of those works. Published 2016.
I printed all the Trump news from Helsingin Sanomat web site on the day of the election on to a toilet paper. +30 articles one after another analyzing the same subject.
Electroacoustic piece + poem called ”digi waste”.