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RE-VOYAGE – ARTISTS AND ART WORKS

ARTISTS AND ART WORKS

01 Heidi Kilpeläinen “HK 119: The Great Non Figurative ”K”” (Performance Voyage 1)
02 Scott Sandwich: The Kalevala (According To Scott Sandwich) (Performance Voyage 2)
03 Filippo Berta “Concerto of Soloists” (Performance Voyage 3)
04 Essi Kausalainen “Last Little Donkey” (Performance Voyage 3)
05 Elina Brotherus ”Francesca Woodman’s Aunts” (Performance Voyage 4)
06 Marja Helander “Trambo”  (Performance Voyage 4)
07 Verica Kovaceska “The Artist”  (Performance Voyage 4)
08 Marika Orenius ”Talking About…”  (Performance Voyage 4)
09 Sasha Huber Haïti Chérie (Performance Voyage 5)
10 Magda Gebhard “Atlas” (Performance Voyage 6)

Heidi Kilpeläinen: “HK 119: The Great Non Figurative ”K”
05:01 min, 2007, Finland

HK119: ’The Great Non Figurative ‘K’ (Just Before The Apocalypse) is a documentation of a 15 min live performance commissioned for an exhibition titled  ‘Extend Your Neck’ at Café Gallery Projects, London 2007. The set acts as both a stage and a mechanism for the performers to interact with. Within the gallery, HK119 merged a live music performance and the gallery-based installation, creating an environment that questioned the role of the spectator. HK119, a fictional character created out of science fiction references and a fictitious barcode number by Heidi Kilpeläinen critiques mass consumerism and the theories of humanity’s relationship with socialism, capitalism, technology and celebrity culture.

Heidi Kilpeläinen  has widely exhibited and performed in galleries and prestigious institutions, with a rich record of participations in shows and festivals. She has also released 3 albums under the title HK119 (One Little Indian Records, 2005 – 2013) and has performed the material internationally in music venues, galleries and museums.
heidikilpelainen.com

Scott Sandwich: The Kalevala (According to Scott Sandwich)
08:46 min, 2012, Australia

The Kalevala is rooted deep in the culture of Finland, everyone in the country knows the stories, the characters, the poetry. But the English translations have never been an effective way to communicate the complexities and power of the epic poem. The English vocabulary can’t seem to handle the poetics of the Finnish language, nor the forced 8-syllable structure of the Kalevala runes.

Rather than trying to modernise The Kalevala, Scott Sandwich brings to light the awkwardness and impossibilities of translating The Kalevala into English. The performance explores the differences in language and culture, in a fast-paced and energetic live performance, full of misunderstandings, Australian colloquialisms and humour.

This performance was created by Scott Sandwich (aka Tom Hogan) in January 2012, during his residency at Arteles, Finland. Since then, his performance of The Kalevala has toured around Australia as part of his theatre show The Epic, as part of his production company collaboration Ten Tonne Sparrow, followed by the plays Tamagotchi Reset & Other Doomsdays, and Love Song Dedications. His poetry biography collection on Sibelius, Music Begins Where The Possibilities of Language End, was shortlisted for The Lifted Brow’s Experimental Non-Fiction Writing Award 2015, as well as Carbon Copy in 2017. He has released 3 albums of storytelling and spoken word. As Tom Hogan, he collaborated on Guardians with Tarryn Gill for the 2016 Adelaide Biennial; and Mountain with Pilar Mata Dupont which won the main prize at the Plymouth Contemporary Open art prize in July, 2015.  He is also the host of the podcast Obscure Music History, which was a finalist for Best Comedy at the Australian Podcast Awards in 2018. He created the interactive sound installation Monolith, and released several albums of experimental and ambient music, including Peer Gynt, and Side A, Side B with poet Eleanor Jackson.
www.scottsandwich.com
www.TomHogan.com.au

Filippo Berta: Concerto of Soloists
02:09 min, 2012, Italy

A group of men are eating broth seated at a table in a lunchroom. Each of them emphasizes every sip by sucking forcefully from the spoon, thus emitting a rude noise. All the individuals manifest their presence during the act of eating by means of the slurping noise, but find themselves inexorably immersed in the chaotic collective noise. Everyone tries to distinguish himself from this collective uniformity (the same dish, the same table, the same chair, etc.), but it is futile, and the result is a parodic competition in which everyone tries to surpass the others and to stand out among them.

Filippo Berta (1977). From 2012 to 2017 he exposed at MADRE Museum of Naples (IT), MSU Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, at Museion Contemporary Art Museum of Bolzano (IT), at Jonkopings Lans Museum (SE), at Staedtischegalerie of Bremen (DE), at the Pori Art Museum (FIN), at Matadero Centro Creativo Contemporaneo, Madrid (SP), at MAO Museum of Architecture and Design of Slovenia. He participated at Thessaloniki Biennale (GR, 4th and 6th edition), at Curitiba Biennale (BR, 34th edition), the Prague Biennale (CZ, V Edition) and the Moscow Biennale for Young Art (RU, 3th edition). In 2014 he won the Maretti Award Habana (Cuba) and he was the finalist of the Talent Prize (Rome, IT). In 2008 he won the 4th Edition of The International Prize od Perfromance, Civic Gallery of Trento (IT). filippoberta.blogspot.it

Essi Kausalainen: Last Little Donkey
02:00 min, 2013, Finland

A woman, wearing a bicycle helmet and black spandex clothes, moves across the picture on all fours using wooden trestles. The space is a well-lit warehouse with a big plywood container, stacked wooden benches and trestles. As the woman moves, the trestles make a rattling sound against the concrete floor.

Essi Kausalainen (Helsinki) bases her artistic practice on the sensuous capacity of the body and its philosophic and ethical materiality. Her work has been exhibited and performed in venues such as Somerset House in London, Uppsala Arts museum, Moderna Museet Malmö, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen, and SAVVY Contemporary Berlin. www.essikausalainen.com

Elina Brotherus: Francesca Woodmans’s Aunts
02:59 min, 2013, Finland

Two photographers work to make a self-portrait with a large-format view camera. They pay homage to Francesca Woodman, who is young enough to be their niece.

Elina Brotherus (b. 1972 Helsinki, Finland) works in photography, video and film. Her work has been alternating between autobiographical and art-historical approaches. Photographs dealing with the human figure and the landscape, the relation of the artist and the model, gave way to images on subjective experiences in her recent bodies of work Annonciation and Carpe Fucking Diem. In her current work she is revisiting Fluxus event scores and other written instructions for performance-oriented art of the 1950s-70s.

Elina Brotherus lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. She has an MA degree in Photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (2000) and an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Helsinki (1997). Her works are in public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Hasselblad Center, Gothemburg, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, to name a few.

Elina Brotherus’ work has been given prominence in numerous art and photography books and magazines. She has published eight monographs, the latest one, Règle du jeu (2017), being the object of a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She has been awarded, among others, the Prix Mosaïque, Luxembourg in 2001, the Prix Niépce in 2005, the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 2008 and the Carte blanche PMU, France in 2017.

Marja Helander: Trambo
03:26 min, 2014, Finland

Trambo is a self-portrait of an indigenous Sámi person wandering on a mountain. The woman is dragging a big trampoline, a burden she hopes will bring a bit of joy to the monotonous journey and life. The trampoline is a reference to the modern age, but can also be seen as a prison or a wall that is hard to see through. The round shape of the trampoline, the jumping and the sound that it makes also refer to shamanism and a long-lost heritage. Another way of seeing the video is as a dreamlike state, a glimpse into another world.

Marja Helander originally trained as a painter, and then pursued her interest in photography. Helander’s work explores the issue of identity with regards to her background as a member of the Sámi, the indigenous people of Scandinavia. Helander’s recent work has focused on landscapes, portraying dark, mysterious views without any people. The works examine the modern union between nature and mankind, not as something harmonious, but dark. Helander has presented works in solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad, including the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, Bildmuseet in Umeå, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Galleri F15 in Hamilton, Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg, and the 7th African Photography Meeting in Bamako.

Verica Kovacevska: The Artist
02:18 min, 2013, Macedonia / Switzerland

The Artist is a short split-screen video that features the artist herself. In the video, she performs a series of repetitive actions that document an artist’s working process – research, creativity, management, construction, marketing, etc. As the work becomes more and more affordable in the video, The Artist critically examines the value of creative production in today’s market-based economy.

Verica Kovacevska, born in Skopje, has lived and worked since 2009 in Zurich. She has participated in many international exhibitions and festivals, such as Manifesta 11 in Zurich; Re.act.feminism in Berlin; Belgrade: Nonplaces at Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade; This is Not a Gateway Festival in London; Other Possible Worlds at Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg, and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Among her solo exhibitions was Everyday Art, Art of the Everyday, Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje. She is the recipient of the 2017 Werkstipendium der Stadt Zurich and the Macedonian national 2018 DENES Young Visual Artist Award.

Marika Orenius: Talking About…
05:06 min, 2013, Finland

Are we free to talk, dance, sing and scream? I am concerned about spaces as well as our freedom for bodily response and action. My aim is to make visible ideas concerning philosophical and socio-political structures. In the video, I sit on my bed, figuring out the relationship between an individual and the world.

MARIKA ORENIUS works with moving image, photography, drawing, performance art and installation. After graduating from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts she has furthered her education at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Valand School of Fine Arts at the University of Gothenburg. She is currently a doctoral student at Aalto University.

Sasha Huber: Haïti Chérie
06:10 min, 2011, Finland / Switzerland / Haiti

Haïti Chérie is a response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti in 2010. A few weeks after the catastrophe, Huber carried out a performance on snowy, seemingly endless frozen sea in Finland, the waters of which continue all the way to the coasts of Haiti. Snow angels drawn by Huber’s body symbolize sorrow and lives lost, but also solidarity and hope.

Sasha Huber (*1975) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich. She lives and works in Helsinki. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she works with performance-based interventions, video, photography, publications, archival material and the compressed-air staple gun – while aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon.

Magda Gebhardt: Atlas
06:20 min, 2012, France

Atlas is an animation out of different photocopied pictures, all of them shot by artist. Once cropped out, the artist rearranges them, transforming the original landscape. The space is permanently redesigned as the cutouts are overlapped and moved either closer or farther to the camera, unfolding straight from the horizon line.

Magda Gebhardt  is a Brazilian artist, who works and lives in Paris. She is graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Porto Alegre and at École Nationale des Beaux Arts of Lyon. In 2015 she was selected at the “Atelier du Plessix-Madeuc” residency. Her work has been exhibited at Proyector Videoart Festival (Madrid), Oodaaq Festival (Nantes), Goethe Institut (Porto Alegre), Museum Vitor Meirelles (Florianópolis), among others.

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