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– video works from Harakka island and LAKE Kilpis

MUU Gallery
Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
Open: Tue-Fri 12-17, Sat-Sun 12-16

Annette Arlander, Day And Night With Malla

This exhibition consists of two bodies of work that both share the artist’s interest in landscape and its changes, the same technique (performing repeatedly for a camera on tripod), and the same blue scarf. In the first one, Arlander documents the unnoticed changes taking place in her everyday environment. In the second, she observes the endangered arctic landscape, fascinating in its strangeness, with the eyes of visitor.


Opening of the exhibition Friday 6 October 2017, 5-7 pm. Welcome!

The first part consists of two performances for camera recorded on Harakka Island outside Helsinki in 2002 and 2014: Year of the Horse (2003) and Year of the Horse – Calendar (2015).  The work comprises the first part of Animal Years, a series of video works named after the Chinese calendar, and its epilogue recorded in the same location. The first work is recorded approximately once a week, the second is recorded once a month in the same spot twelve years later.

The second part consists of performances for camera recorded during an ArsBioarctica residency at Kilpisjärvi in northern Finland next to  Malla fell in April 2014 and in June 2014. The works were recorded at two hours’ intervals during a day or a day and night. In April they were recorded on the ice of Lake  Kilpis, in June on the shore, observing the melting ice.

Annette Arlander is a Helsinki-based artist, researcher and pedagogue. She is one of the pioneers of Finnish performance art and a trailblazer of artistic research in Finland. She graduated as director from the Theatre Academy in 1981 and received a doctorate from the same institution in 1999. She served as professor of performance art and theory at Theatre Academy 2001–2013, as professor in artistic research at University of the Arts Helsinki 2015–2016, and as visiting professor at Stockholm University of the Arts. She is currently postdoc fellow in the arts at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and principal investigator of the Academy of Finland funded research project How to Do Things with Performance. She is also visiting researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts at University of the Arts Helsinki. In her artistic work Arlander uses moving image and recorded speech to perform in (with and through) landscapes, working between the traditions of performance art, video and environmental art.

More information about the artworks:
“Repeat, Revisit, Recreate—Two Times Year of the Horse”. PARSE Journal Issue #3 Repetitions and Reneges. 2016, 43-59.
Online version: www.parsejournal.com/article/repeat-revisit-recreate-two-times-year-of-the-horse

“How to do things with repetition?” video ja teksti, Icehole #6 2017, The Live Art Journal.


Background material:


Finnish Bioart Society for the opportunity to visit the ArsBioarctica residency.
Artists of Harakka Association for collegial support.