Aukkoja ja katkoksia -seminaari 25.10.2016

Tiistai, lokakuu 25, 2016 - 10:00 - 17:30
Exhibition Laboratory

Welcome to a seminar 'Gaps and Interruptions' held by Doctoral students Henna-Riikka Halonen, Jaana Kokko, Anni Laakso and Bodily Exercises –Productions. The aim of this seminar is to provide a coequeal space for looking, experiencing and discussing exhibited art works and research with the members of audience and the two invited artists: Liina Siib (Est) and Gitte Villesen (DK).

From our perspective artistic research potentially allows artists to work more freely with the notion of criticality. This arises from a suggestion that artistic research can function as a critical counterpart or an alternative space to the commercial market driven art world(s). However artistic research does not come without its own shortcomings as market driven (Neo Liberal) economy tends to recuperate forms of resistance and the spaces of thinking. One could argue, that when practicing under the wigs of the so called knowledge and creative industries, way too much emphasis is being put on conventions based on reductive definitions and commercial market driven rhetorics. One could also refer to the inevitable reduction that takes place when an artwork is defined through a language and to the gaps between explanation and an experience.

But what would happen if we were to put on the side the readymade rhetorics and simplifications and allowed at first the artworks to speak for themselves? We could start this by giving them more time and space. We could also look more carefully at their processes and consider how they might communicate with their audiences within given space and time?  We could also encourage notions such as contradiction, complexity, unexpected and uncertainty, which very often are seen as qualities of art but not qualities of research.

It is important for us to think of our own positions within this space, as practitioners, as researchers and as human beings. What seems to be common to all of our practices is constant re-thinking of these positions and a criticality that has also to do with the notion of self-reflection.

Quite often, the exhibitions of artistic research are organized by curators and theoreticians not artists themselves. By putting emphasis on the practicing artist viewpoint we would like to reconsider what is artistic research and what are its challenges and benefits in art world and academia? What kind of contribution artist driven perspective can bring into a general discussion about art and society at large?

We have set out to discuss these questions by organizing a public critique/event in which we have invited visiting artists to talk about our practice and research one by one.

The seminar is organized in cooperation with Aalto Arts.

Schedule for the day:

10.00-11.30 Anni Laakso
11.30-13.00 Jaana Kokko

Lunch break

14.00-15.30 Henna-Riikka Halonen

Coffee Break

15.45-17.30 Bodily Exercises –Productions (in Punavuori)

Invited artists

Liina Siib is a visual artist who lives in Tallinn, Estonia. She holds an M.A. in photography from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Several of her art works have a starting point in the experience of living in a both socialistic and capitalistic system, and in the antagonism that appears in shifting between two systems and contesting ideologies. The topic of her photos, videos, installations and performances ranges from femininity and social space to different manifestations of people’s everyday practices and daily routines.

In 2011, Siib represented Estonia at the 54th Venice Art Biennale with her project A Woman Takes Little Space. She has curated art and culture projects in Estonia, the UK and Belgium. In 2002–2015, Siib was the editor of the Estonian Art magazine. Since 2015, she works as the Professor of Graphic Art at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Gitte Villesen lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. Numerous international exhibitions and contributions to exhibitions include: „Shaped by Time“, Danish National Museum, Copenhagen (2012); “squatting. erinnern, vergessen, besetzen”, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2010); “I will Arrange Everything. It Will Be the Best Film Ever”, Casco, Utrecht (2009); “Just Different“, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam (2008); “Juju White Magic”, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen (2008); “How to Build a Universe”, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2006); Danish Pavilion, 51. Venice Biennial, Venice (2005).

The documentary videos by the Danish artist Gitte Villesen (*1965) can be understood as portraits in the broadest sense: they explore the form in which individuals or social groups shape their lives within the framework of their cultural possibilities. Villesen illuminates how subjects and identities are constituted in the everyday micro-politics of gestures, habits and rituals in the charged relationship between norm and deviation. At the same time, she carefully avoids social generalizations by situating the practice of documenting as exchange and encounter – as a specific form of social interaction, in which the forms of representation always become the subject of negotiation as well.