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Artists' Association MUU » WHAT A MESS! ART FAIR, FREDRIKSTAD, NORWAY, 24–26 AUGUST 2012
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worldchampionsThree Finnish artist-run galleries have been invited to participate in a new Nordic art fair in Norway.

Carl Sebastian Lindberg: World Champions, video, 2012.

What A Mess! is a new artist-run fair organized by Østfold kunstnersenter ØKS. The fair is held at Hydrogenfabrikken Kunsthall, a new art venue in Fredrikstad, an hour’s drive from Oslo. A total of 30 artist organizations and galleries have been invited to participate in the fair, which is also the inaugural event of the new Hydrogenfabrikken Kunsthall.

The invitation to Finnish galleries is a result of sustained international networking efforts by the galleries, including participation over many years in the resoundingly successful Supermarket Fair in Stockholm. International networking and cooperation between artist-run galleries is growing rapidly, and the purpose of the new event is to offer artists and artist-run galleries an opportunity to create Nordic contacts and present work by the artists represented by the galleries.

The Finnish galleries participating in the fair are:

GalleriaKONE, Hämeenlinna
Galleria Rajatila, Tampere
MUU gallery, Helsinki

WHAT A MESS! art fair is open 24–26 August 2012 at
HYDROGENFABRIKKEN KUNSTHALL, Øraveien 2, Fredrikstad, Norway
Open: Fri 18–21, Sat–Sun 12–17
Admission: NOK 50

Participation of the Finnish galleries is supported by:
FRAME Foundation
Nordic Culture Point
Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation
Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute
Arts Council of Finland

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In its stand in the What a Mess! art fair, MUU will present a wide range of works representing new forms of visual art, performance art as well as sound and video art. CD, DVD and book publications will also be on display.

MUU’s series of sound art compilations, MUU FOR EARS, launched in autumn 2009, has now reached its ninth edition, which presents Finnish and Norwegian sound art and new music. There are eight artists featured in the MUU FOR EARS 9 compilation: Child Of Klang, Hemmelig Tempo, Trond Lossius and Marieke Verbiesen from Norway, and Mikko Maasalo, Aleksi Myllykoski, Antti Nykyri and Joonas Siren from Finland.

PERFORMANCE VOYAGE II is a collection of performance documentation videos of works by ten artists or artist groups from six European countries, Australia and Canada. Produced by MUU, Performance Voyage II was premiered in Turku in
May 2012. The artists featured in the Performance Voyage II compilation are: Alfonso Arzapalo (Canada), Sarah Fortais (Great Britain), Adam Gruba (Poland), Kim Dotty Hachmann (Germany), Helinä Hukkataival & HSS Group (Finland), katze und krieg (Germany), Miguel Angel Melgares (Spain), Lala Nomada (Germany), Scott Sandwich (Australia) and Malin Ståhl (Sweden).

The audience will also have an opportunity to use the Performance Art Bank launched in 2011 by MUU, a continuously updating databank of Finnish performance art.

The What a Mess! will include videos by following artists featured in the spring exhibition programme of the MUU gallery: Gun Holmström & Petra Martinez, Juhani Koivumäki, Johanna Lecklin, Carl Sebastian Lindberg, Juha Mäki-Jussila and Minna Suoniemi.