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Artists’ Association MUU’s Art Bus will take artists and other art professionals to the Inversia festival of audiovisual art in Murmansk 7–9 February 2019

image: Liquid Space Dreams


The journey of the Art Bus from Oulu via Rovaniemi to the Inversia festival in Murmansk, Russia, is the pilot episode of Art Vehicles, a joint project by MUU and Arts Promotion Centre Finland. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the collaboration between art practitioners in northern territories in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, to promote the mobility of artists, and to showcase art festivals operating in the region. The aim is also to create a concept of art festivals in the region for the use of tourism.


The artists invited from Finland to participate in the Inversia festival are MUU member Marloes van Son with Alex Marinus van Giersbergenin; Oulu-based VJ ensemble Liquid Space Dreams; and video artist Arttu Nieminen from Magneetti ry, who will perform with the Huminoita orchestra. Nieminen will also visualise a local musical act at the festival, and Tomi Knuutila from Magneetti ry will serve as expert in the VR/AR workshop.

The Inversia festival is organised by Fridaymilk, a Murmansk-based collective dedicated to promoting culture and media art in the Arctic region. The collective is dedicated to the decentralisation of culture and the relocation of centres from the capital region to sparsely inhabited areas. The themes of the 2019 Inversia festival include the phenomenon of Rexit – exiting from reality – along with sharing economy, digital escapism and alternative reality as the new norms of social and political life. inversiafest.com

Helsinki-based Marloes van Son builds software, installations and instruments. His electromechanical instruments explore natural phenomena and Arctic experiences. Van Son has most recently focused on sound production, alternative results and instrument construction.

Liquid Space Dreams is a collective of VJs based in Oulu who have revived old-time visualisation. The group uses both analog and digital technology to create light performances.

Huminoita is a Finnish instrumental progressive rock band founded in 2009.

Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry will be represented by a team of eight artists, curators and producers operating in the field of media art.

Artists’ Association MUU, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, cultural association Kulttuuribingo, Oulu Artists’ Society and Northern Photographic Centre, Rovaniemi-based Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti and Piste collective, as well as Artists’ Association of Lapland will participate in the conference, panel discussion and future action planning organised by the Inversia festival.

The networking project is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK).

Timo Soppela, MUU, director(a)muu.fi
Taija Jyrkäs, Kulttuuribingo, taija.jyrkas(a)gmail.com