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MUU Writes is a group composed of MUU members artists who share an interest in writing. The group has set themselves the task of publishing an essay on every exhibition scheduled in MUU’s program autumn 2018, to be released both online and in the gallery.

MUU writes 13/09/2018
Saga and Fairytale – an extremely random media installation / Markus Renvall, 14.9.–21.10.2018, MUU Gallery

Markus Renvall cooperates. He wants to entice people to take part in his works, because everyone can make art and everyone has a story to tell. He is critical to the factory-made, which does not allow the product to be improved by the user. He is looking for handmade solutions that can be reversed based on the needs that arise.
If a product is perfect, it is also uninteresting to Renvall.

kuva: Markus Renvall

His exhibition Saga and Fairytale is a rich entirety. The exhibition consists of extremely random dance performances in various urban environments, filmed with various cameras and aids, including a tripod for two cameras designed by Renvall. The material is edited so that details disappear into each other and a new reality occurs. A further amplifier of the mood is Renvall’s music.

It pays to stop and consider the overwhelming amount of information. In the video installation, no element becomes more prominent. Markus Renvall compares his installation with entropy. The concept can be explained by an untidy room. The room’s entropy is the number of ways you can put things in order to achieve a certain level of disharmony. The difficulty in understanding the concept of entropy often depends on the uncertainty regarding the concept of order and harmony.

The exhibition also includes an interactive installation in the window, which varies depending on daytime.

Markus Renvall’s CV is long. On distinguishing feature is his immens collaborations with different social groups, especially with children, young and disabled people. One of his biggest projects is perhaps Rohto, that was targeting young men who top the statistics for suicide. Markus Renvall’s involvement among different communities is based on his own experiences, especially during a difficult youth period. Now he wants to help as many as possible to get a positive approach to life. Instead of dealing with problems, one should work to avoid them. His exhibition wants to attract the audience. The idea is that: anyone can do it at home because this is art that is playful and engaging!

Markus Renvall’s exhibition has been supported by Arts Promotion Center TAIKE, Audiovisual Culture Promotion Center AVEK / Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo, and Visual Arts Promotion Center VISEK.


MUU writes:

Finland is a nation of art lovers, with visual art events and venues attracting some 4.5 million visitors annually. Visual art is available for enjoyment the year round in all sorts of places, from established institutions to small galleries and pop-up exhibitions. New exciting venues are being set up all the time. Yet the number of discriminating texts about art is dwindling. This deplorable lack has also been noted at Artists’ Association MUU, the second largest organisation representing professional artists in Finland.

MUU Writing is a group composed of artists who share an interest in writing. It has been meeting for a couple of years already to discuss the role and potential of writing in contemporary art. Now the group has set themselves the task of publishing an essay on every exhibition scheduled in MUU’s program autumn 2018, to be released both online and in the gallery. The project seeks to offer a creative alternative to art criticism, with artists writing about the work of a colleague.

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