MUU Galleria @ PLATFORMS PROJECT NET 2020

MUU Galleria @ PLATFORMS PROJECT NET 2020

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MUU Galleria presents video works of seven Finnish artists: Hanna Arvela, Saara Ekström, Panu Johansson, Rita Leppiniemi, Sara Pathirane, Antti Tolvi and Johanna Väisänen. The theme of the collection is Space, Environment, Architecture. The works explore issues relating to space and place and to the built environment and architecture.

MUU (in Finnish: “the other”) is a Finnish artist-run centre, founded 1987, to promote professional artists working across a wide range of disciplines. MUU Galleria arranges exhibitions, screenings, concerts and performances by artists and curators from Finland and abroad. The aims of MUU are to develop the collaboration and interchange of artists working within different fields, to produce projects, events, seminars, education and exhibitions and to arouse cultural political discussion. www.muu.fi

Artists and works:

Hanna Arvela: Veera / 5:30 min, 2016.

Watch online: https://vimeo.com/164614774

Oldest dolphin who lived in Finland, spent most of her life in two concrete pools. In the film Veera she is shown as a woman locked up 24/7 in a two room apartment with her three colleagues working in entertainment business. https://hannaarvela.com

Saara Ekström: Amplifier / 17:05 min, 2017.

The experimental 8mm film Amplifier is a reflection on the presence and significance of history in our everyday surroundings. The work focuses on Helsinki Olympic Stadium, regarded as one of the most beautiful sports buildings in the world. Completed in 1938, for Olympic Games that never took place, it represents a historical paradigm shift and stands as a modernist landmark for utopia and oblivion. https://www.saaraekstrom.com

Panu Johansson: Pienkaupunkisinfonia: 96100-97690 (Picturing a Micropolis: 96100-97690) / 10:48 min, 2018.

Watch online: https://vimeo.com/266829824

Picturing a Micropolis: 96100-97690 is a city symphony and short experimental film that depicts Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. The film is not only a result of years of filming and grass-roots level observing, but also an entity in which all the details captured on film – images, memories, seasons and neighbourhoods – are swarmed to the viewers retina as an intense kinetic stream.

Rita Leppiniemi: Onishiscope / 2:36 min, 2019.

Watch online: https://vimeo.com/395550935

Artist stayed in a small Japanese, traditional town called Onishi for five weeks, and she was fascinated with the individual looking homes. Not one house looked the same, and she came to the conclusion that there must live an architect in every family. An unusual feature of Japanese housing is that houses are presumed to have a limited lifespan, and are generally torn down and rebuilt after a few decades. http://www.leppiniemi.net

Sara Pathirane: The Leaning and the Blind / 9:26 min, 2017.

Watch online: https://vimeo.com/389487141

The city of Pisa has long been a multicultural harbor where people from all over the world have arrived. The Leaning and the Blind depicts the gestural choreography by the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After the sun rise, there is not a second when people are not photographing the tower. Posing with the tower is like a global broken phone. People mimic and guide each other and try to reach a classical photo and pose with the tower: the tower is about to fall, but the poser manages to keep it up. http://www.sarapathirane.com

Antti Tolvi: Orkesteri II (Orchestra II) / 8:05 min, 2019.

Watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNM3YTXQiP4&t=

In the video work Orchestra II Antti Tolvi is conducting the city of Kochi in Kerala. The work was recorded in Ernakulam India 2019. Antti Tolvi is composer, performer and sound artist who has been one of the main figures in underground music scene in Finland since 2002. Tolvi is usually working with farthest edges of sounds. Together with silence or static drones, or all the way in the other end with rich colorfull noises. https://anttitolvi.com

Johanna Väisänen: Rakennuksen elämä (Life of a Building) / 7:45 min, 2017.

Watch online: https://vimeo.com/392410151

In the work buildings symbolize a human. Houses are places that memories are attached to, also in the collective unconscious. In dreams a human is often a building. The video deals with the symbolism of buildings in the dream world and memories. The location the work was shot is a house where artist’s family was sent during the war. Now beyond repair, the house is a historical building as it was the first one inhabited in the area. http://www.johannavaisanen.com