Basic Photography

26.5.2016

Basic Photography at SIC 7.5.-5.6.2016

Basic Photography brings together nine artists and nine different approaches to photography. The artists have diverse relationship with photography: it can be object of research and analyzing or tool for remembering and building an artwork and, naturally, an art piece in itself.

How is photographic thinking generating new forms in visual arts, and how it is affecting on the photography itself? Has the growing visual flood brought photography into inflation or can it be seen as a positive influence for photography and it’s development? The technique, production and meaning of photography have changed during the decades. At the same time the field of photography is under identity change: nowadays many photographers call themselves visual artists, so that the line between photographer and visual artist is fading.

These questions have been in the starting point of Basic Photography exhibition. The exhibition is composed by Sauli Sirviö, Hertta Kiiski and Marko Vuokola. Based on discussions with Andrey Bogush, Asger Carlsen, Ida Lehtonen, Jarkko Räsänen, Maija Savolainen and Kaarlo Stauffer and on the meetings between the working group was formed an exhibition where everyone has their personal approach to photography. The exhibition is also questioning if photography is profoundly 2-dimensional medium or can it help us to approach other dimensions too.

“I really want to bring some structure in the gallery”, Sauli Sirviö told when he was planning his wall painting. Sirviö’s painting is a reference to a piece of land, asphalt, concrete or rock that is corrupted by water, possibly mixed with iron. “The most common wall you can find in tunnels and abandoned places”, describes Sirviö, whose  working is influenced by his explorations and wanderings. “First person who described me this phenomenal was Jussi Kivi and since that I have been collecting various photos of that weird material”. The quote is based on conversations had during the exhibition making process.

SIC-2016-BASIC-PHOTOGRAPHY-003Ida Lehtonen Spider silk (2016), Sauli Sirviö Badgateway 001 (2015-2016)Asger Carlsen HESTER (2012), Marko Vuokola SPACELINER III (2015), Hertta Kiiski Green (2016), Kaarlo Stauffer It takes two to tango (2016)

SIC-2016-BASIC-PHOTOGRAPHY-006Ida Lehtonen Spider silk (2016), Jarkko Räsänen & Samuli Häkkinen +- / hevonen kahdella veneellä /pukukuva hovista (2016), Andrey Bogush *Proposal for duplicated head, purple and grey default cube (ver.2), stretched* , *Proposal for duplicated head, purple and grey default cube*, *stretched* (2016),  Sauli Sirviö Badgateway 001 (2015-2016), Asger Carlsen HESTER (2012)

SIC-2016-BASIC-PHOTOGRAPHY-004Sauli Sirviö Badgateway 001, A reminiscence from abandoned airport of Ellinikon, Athens. Acrylic spray paint (2015-2016), Asger Carlsen HESTER (2012)

SIC-2016-BASIC-PHOTOGRAPHY-005Sauli Sirviö Badgateway 001, A reminiscence from abandoned airport of Ellinikon, Athens. Acrylic spray paint (2015-2016)

SIC-2016-BASIC-PHOTOGRAPHY-010Sauli Sirviö Badgateway 001, A reminiscence from abandoned airport of Ellinikon, Athens. Acrylic spray paint (2015-2016)

SIC-2016-BASIC-PHOTOGRAPHY-008Sauli Sirviö Badgateway 001, A reminiscence from abandoned airport of Ellinikon, Athens. Acrylic spray paint (2015-2016)

SIC-2016-BASIC-PHOTOGRAPHY-007Sauli Sirviö Badgateway 001, A reminiscence from abandoned airport of Ellinikon, Athens. Acrylic spray paint (2015-2016)

NWE

11.9.2015

NWE at SIC 11.9-11.10.2015.
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At the center of Sauli Sirviö’s exhibition, New World Error, are narratives. Sirviö’s latest excursions are tales of people’s adventures behind the scenes of conventional cityscapes. These tales take place in cargo trains, moonlit train yards and subway tunnels – in a limbo between visible and hidden urban environments. The venue for the exhibition itself is an old harbor warehouse and its surroundings: don’t expect a stylized and well-groomed facade.

The narratives are presented in layers – Sirviö expresses himself with his composition of audiovisual material, and the main characters deliver with their spoken material, gestures and expressions. For example, Under the Paris Skyline contains several bits of video that have been filmed by the main characters themselves as the events unfold, but the main audio is an interview that has been carried out later – this gives an interesting emphasis on the collaboration and the distinctiveness of the visual and verbal storytelling – how different are the events as they unfold before you while you’re sitting on a couch in comparison to what went down on-site? The contrast between the visuals and the audio are a good reminder of how written and spoken tales cannot always reproduce the whole tale – that moment of disbelief and worry on the face of the main character, or the way the city looks when filmed on a camera while fleeing the scene. Does an adventure exist without a tale that molds the experience into adventure?

The exhibition includes some physical objects that give a very tangible feel to the narratives – but are these physical pieces of evidence from a crime scene, or just props? The photos and police documents related to the videos seem to ask whose side of the story you want to believe and invest in. They serve as a concrete reminder that all stories are told from one specific viewpoint, a viewpoint with its own interests in mind.
Sirviö’s works are more about the research of narratives than the actual narratives and stories themselves — Wolf Bloody Angel, for example, leaves it up to the exhibition goer to decide who is telling the story to whom, why is it being told and how everything turns out in the end. The characters in Sirviö’s works seem to be fleeing – be it from hospital or from ”Shitbay” – towards new adventures and tales that are waiting to be told already before the previous ones are fully digested.
The connection between the narratives and the present moment is left undefined. This brings light to the creative side of narratives — how a good narrative creates worlds and gives life to previous experiences over and over again, in new situations, to new people, and how the way tales are told molds the experience itself.

The theme of I Met My Mentor in NYC really stands out; the main character tells how they manage to infiltrate places they would normally not have access to by pretending to be something or someone else. He often manage to mislead others with surprisingly small details is speech and props – this clearly underlines how social roles are often nothing more than a facade, and how people prefer to take people and roles at face value instead of questioning if someone are indeed who they claim to be. The main character is like a shape shifter, something between a troublemaker and an artist. On both ends of the spectrum, they manage to shake the traditional cultural cookie cutter values that all too often seem to go unquestioned in modern society.
Sirviö manages to abstractify the basic dimensions of what it means to be human: we have always told stories, be it in temples or at a public urinal, of the forces that bind us together and mold us. People in this exhibition are always performing, be it consciously or not – we are all semi-fictional characters.

Exhibition text: Tomi Visakko, researcher
Translation: Jussi Norio
Invitation graphics: Johannes Rantapuska
Supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, National Council for the Visual Arts
Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Uusimaa
Finnish Art Society, The Young Artist Grant

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NWE at SIC 11.9-11.10.2015.

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Under the Paris Skyline (article #1) / collaborative artwork with Utah&Ether, diasec mounting, acoustic foam panel, oriented strand board, camouflage tape (2015)
Wolf Bloody Angel, Full HD video (07:32 min) (2015)

saulisirvionwe14Under the Paris Skyline (article #1) / collaborative artwork with Utah&Ether, diasec mounting, acoustic foam panel, oriented strand board, camouflage tape (2015)
Under the Paris Skyline (article #2) / collaborative artwork with Utah&Ether, digital C-print (2015)
Wolf Bloody Angel (article #3), Textile bindle, wood and various ingredients: Red beer can, correction pen, penknife, Mju II, cigarettes (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.47.59 AMStill image of video Wolf Bloody Angel, Full HD video (07:32 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.48.39 AMStill image of video Wolf Bloody Angel, Full HD video (07:32 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.49.23 AMStill image of video Wolf Bloody Angel, Full HD video (07:32 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.50.20 AMStill image of video Wolf Bloody Angel, Full HD video (07:32 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.54.15 AMStill image of video Wolf Bloody Angel, Full HD video (07:32 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.59.09 AM Still image of video Under the Paris Skyline / collaborative artwork with Utah&Ether, Full HD video (06:48) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 10.00.02 AM Still image of video Under the Paris Skyline / collaborative artwork with Utah&Ether, Full HD video (06:48) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 10.01.40 AM Still image of video Under the Paris Skyline / collaborative artwork with Utah&Ether, Full HD video (06:48) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 10.03.15 AMStill image of video Under the Paris Skyline / collaborative artwork with Utah&Ether, Full HD video (06:48) (2015)

saulisirvionwe2It Happened to Me – I Met My Mentor in NYC, Full HD video (8:28 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.37.01 AM Still image of video It Happened to Me – I Met My Mentor in NYC, Full HD video (8:28 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.38.16 AM Still image of video It Happened to Me – I Met My Mentor in NYC, Full HD video (8:28 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.40.49 AM Still image of video It Happened to Me – I Met My Mentor in NYC, Full HD video (8:28 min) (2015)

Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 9.41.36 AMStill image of video It Happened to Me – I Met My Mentor in NYC, Full HD video (8:28 min) (2015)

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The Smell of Nice and Fluffy, MTA safety vest with nice and fluffy smell, Full HD video (2:00 min) (2015)

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Wolf Bloody Angel (article #1), Textile bindle, wood and various ingredients: Organic Spirulina tablets,
Boost B12 vitamin oral spray, #1 beer bottle, train key, galactic bandana (2015)

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Wolf Bloody Angel (article #4), three black safety vests with textile patches, metal clothing hook, light reflecting spray (2015)

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Wolf Bloody Angel (article #4), three black safety vests with textile patches, metal clothing hook, light reflecting spray (2015)

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Wolf Bloody Angel (article #5), Diasec mounting (2015)

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It Happened to me – I Witnessed a Strange Bottle Ritual Next to the Urinal, Full hd video, a plastic festival urinal, plastic bottles filled with Spirulina water, LED lights, digital c-print (2015)

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It Happened to me – I Witnessed a Strange Bottle Ritual Next to the Urinal, Full hd video, a plastic festival urinal, plastic bottles filled with Spirulina water, LED lights, digital c-print (2015)

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It Happened to me – I Witnessed a Strange Bottle Ritual Next to the Urinal, Full hd video, a plastic festival urinal, plastic bottles filled with Spirulina water, LED lights, digital c-print (2015)

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It Happened to me – I Witnessed a Strange Bottle Ritual Next to the Urinal, Full hd video, a plastic festival urinal, plastic bottles filled with Spirulina water, LED lights, digital c-print (2015)

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Cold War III in the Offing, hand-dyed textile, metal, concrete pedestal (2015)

Radioskugga (radio silence) PORI WORLD EXPO

4.7.2015

Radioskugga (radio silence)
“Radioskugga” is a performative autofiction about a burst of a personal bubble.
The story is situated in Uusikaupunki, where three foreigners collide with six Uusikaupunki natives.
The eventful saga will be told through telephone conversation during the PORI WORLD EXPO.
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11.-19.7.2015
Porin Keskusaukio, 28130 Pori

Porin kulttuurisäätö proudly presents the first ever Pori World Expo. The theme of the Pori World Expo 2015 is to make the world appearing. The exhibition observes the relations of the artwork and words: how does the work of art transform into words and what happens to the work and its story when it has been described over and over again. The Pori World Expo also explores the urban space of Pori and the possibilities of monumental art during the Pori Jazz Festival when the city is temporarily filled with tents and stands.

The actual exhibition venue consists of combined elements that are a pavilion-sculpture and a white cube gallery space. These elements create a duality of architecture and sculpture, which together set the whole city as the stage of the Expo. The pavilion and the gallery are collaboratively designed by a visual artist Suvi Härkönen and an Aalto University architecture student Laura Eerikäinen. The exhibition takes place in Keskusaukio (the square next to the Buss Station) in Pori.

The gallery lacks the presence of physical art works, instead they are experienced in phone conversations between the artist and the viewer. By placing a call to a given number the visitor will reach the artist who will then describe the work. This opens a straight dialogue between the viewer and the artist, giving the possibility to ask questions that rise up when discussing about contemporary art and going straight to the source – the artist itself.

The Pori World Expo is curated and produced by Porin kulttuurisäätö, which at the moment consists of Anna Jensen, Anni Venäläinen & Eliisa Suvanto.

The artists are Andrea Coyotzi Borja, Anna Estarriola, Denise Ziegler, Henrik Heinonen, Juuso Noronkoski, Kimmo Modig, Komugi Ando, Saku Soukka and Sauli Sirviö.

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