Cache, Titanik-gallery and locations in Turku city surroundings
18 – 29 October 2017
Opening Tue 17 October 6-8pm
Jussi Kivi presents a lecture Underground expeditions Sat 28 October 4-6pm
Spaces under the surface hide something from the surface. They store that which is unnecessary or excessive, or hide structures that for one reason or another can’t stand the daylight. Spaces that are closed, hidden, and out of sight. Storages, caves, tunnels, shelters. The subconscious of the surface, implied meanings, skeletons in the closet. The above and the underlying worlds that go by different rules, and it’s bubbling under the surface.
There are also forgotten spaces, blind spots, and spaces looked down on. There are non-spaces, limbo spaces, transit spaces, spaces going through changes. Wastelands and backyards, terminals and parking lots, ring ways and warehouse areas. Places that are too ordinary. Premises that have remained untouched, or forlorn after their previous use. Spaces that the urban development and planning have not reached and tamed. Spaces that are prone to new kinds of actions, and therefore remain more open than the official public space. These spaces do not have univocal meanings. There’s no demand for the ability to pay, or reason for lingering.
The English word cache [kaʃ] refers to a repository or a hiding place, and within information technology to cache memory, where to store information needed within a short period of time. In the exhibition, which takes place at Titanik-gallery and the city surroundings of Turku, six artists direct our attention to hidden, unnoticeable and commonly invisible spaces within urban surroundings. The invited artists are Jussi Kivi, Petri Kuljuntausta, Ida Lehtonen, Sari Palosaari, Sauli Sirviö and Elina Vainio. The exhibition develops around individual site-specific artworks, which in various ways comment the surroundings around them. The artists have been invited to explore different subsurface spaces of the cityscape: caves, wastelands, forests, spaces that have lost their original purpose, spaces that are “too ordinary”. Whom is the space open to? Does anyone have access to it? What kind of power relations are linked to the spaces? Which are the blind spots of the city?
Cache consists of a group exhibition at Titanik-gallery and new site-specific artworks exhibited at different locations in Turku. You will get information on the locations from 18 October on by visiting Titanik or www.titanik.fi/cache. On Saturday 28 October at 4pm the artist Jussi Kivi will perform a lecture Underground expeditions as part of the exhibition. The lecture is in Finnish.
Auransilta archway unlocked and gates removed 18 – 29 October 2017.
ID-A34 (2017), A found and handled SIM-card, fern, key lanyard, chain
The Truth About Finland
Puuvillanpuisto, Pohjoisranta, Pori
Opening on Saturday 8 July 2pm – 6pm
Exhibition open 10.–16.7. (Mon-Sun) 12 – 6pm
Initiated by the Porin kulttuurisäätö (Anna Jensen, Eliisa Suvanto & Anni Venäläinen) The Truth About Finland project consists of two exhibitions and a catalogue presenting contributions from over 100 artists and researchers. The first part took place in June in Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki in June 2017. The second part is organized in a temporary exhibition space built specially for the exhibition and placed in the Puuvillanpuisto park milieu between the Kokemäenjoki river and the old Cotton Mill. The exhibition catalogue combining these two events will be available in the exhibition.
To honor the Finland’s 100-year-old independence Porin kulttuurisäätö has invited artists and researchers – the same group who was originally responsible of building Finland’s identity leaning on romantic nationalism – to rethink and update the vision what Finland stands today. Art has always been a significant part in building the nationalistic identity: throughout the history it has both reflected and created the nation’s spirit and also provided a tool for critical perception.
Porin kulttuurisäätö is an artist-curator collective formed in 2013. The aim of the group is to organise exhibitions, events, projects and seminars that question and reconstruct the structures existing both in the art world and in our society. Previous exhibitions include Sponsor in 2013, Pori Biennale in 2014, Pori World Expo in 2015 and the Bloody Summer exhibition – Pori Biennale in 2016.
The Truth About Finland exhibitions and catalogue includes contributions from the participating artists and researchers:
Aiju Salminen, Andre Vicentinti, Andrea Coyotzi Borja, Anna Estarriola, Anna-Sofia Sysser, Anssi Pulkkinen, Antti Turkko, Antti-Juhani Manninen, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Arttu Merimaa, Aukusti Heinonen, Azar Saiyar, Camille Auer, Chow Yik, Christine Langinauer, Denise Ziegler, Eetu Henttonen, Elina Lifländer, Elmeri Terho, Emma Suominen, Erno-Erik Raitanen, Farbod Fakharzadeh, Hans-Peter Schütt, Harri Laakso, Harrie Liveart, Heikki Hautala, Helen Aleksandrova, Helmi Kajaste, Henna Tyrväinen, Henrik Heinonen, Hertta Kiiski, Heta Kaisto, Jaakko Leeve, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jani-Petteri Virta, Jari Kallio, Jari Suominen, Jenni Yppärilä, Jouko Korkeasaari, Jouni Kujansuu, Juha Hilpas, JULMAH, Juuso Noronkoski, Kaarlo Stauffer, Kaisa Salmi, Katri Naukkarinen, Kiia Beilinson, Kimmo Saastamoinen, Kristian Jalava, Lasse Lecklin, Lauri Linna, Leena-Maija Rossi ja Kari Soinio, Liisa Lounila, Maarit Mustonen, Maija Savolainen, Maija Tammi, Maiju Loukola, Marika Orenius, Marina Valle Noronha, Markus Luiro, Marloes van Son, Marta Khrshanovskaya, Martina Mino, Martinez, Matti Tanskanen, Miissa Rantanen, Mika Savela, Minna Henriksson, Mirva Helenius, Nabb+Teeri, Nestori Syrjälä, Niilo Rinne, Niina Cochran, Niko Tii Nurmi Sipiläinen, Oliver Whitehead, Paavo Paunu, Parsa Kamehkhosh, Petteri Nisunen, Pia Euro, Rami Vierula, Reetta Aalto, Rodrigo Téllez Repetto, Sanna Lehtinen, Sanna Ritvanen, Sanna Sarva, Sanna Vainionpää, Sara Kärpänen, Sasha Huber, Sauli Sirviö, Simo Saarikoski, Taina Rajanti, Taina Riikonen, Tanja Kiiveri, Timo Wright, Tuomas Linna, Tuomo Rainio, Vappu Jalonen, Ville Andersson, Ville Lampi, Ville Vuorenmaa.
The first part of the Truth About Finland in Kallio Kunsthalle was created together with Miika Tervonen, nynnyt (Hanna Ohtonen and Selina Väliheikki), Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen -collective and Erno-Erik Raitanen. Project has been realized together with Aalto University’s Pori Live and is supported by The City of Pori and Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Satakunta region.
The Age of Exophobia (2017)
We should not become attached to physical places as we can not comprehensively grasp them – We should be wary of nostalgia.
Installation view photos by Niilo Rinne
Step into the whole new realm at Titanik gallery, Turku, Finland 1.12.-31.12.2016.
Workspace at Helsinki. The phone rings and I’m distraught from my thoughts. The caller informs they’re working on a tv production and would like to have me to star a reality tv program. The task is to be homeless for 43 days.
Why did they call me in a first place? They tell me I was profiled from the internet. What did they search for and why did they come up with me? Urban survivor, homeless, lost in the city, hermit, escapist…
I reject the proposition and the call ends.
Workspace at Helsinki. I can’t distraught myself from the thought that someone I don’t personally know has just profiled me through the internet. I start to wonder the image the internet creates of me. When I look through the profile the internet has created of me, I notice the alter ego born through my searches.
For the December I’ll leave my alter ego in Titanik gallery. As the avatar spins 360 degrees it unfolds a whole new realm.
The new realm is made of tunnels mined underneath the Aura river. Of sharp-edged rotating fences between you and the wastelands where paint is being sandblasted off from the ruins by the wind. Of endless helical stairs in rumble under the feet in an everlasting abyss. Of an abandoned cemetery whose crypts are decorated with alien resembling reliefs. Of wind between freight wagons at night when the blackness of the landscape opens in front of you.
Step into the whole new realm (2016), photograph on fabric, 1793 x 2250 mm
Step into the whole new realm (2016), photograph on fabric, 2756 x 2250 mm
Step into the whole new realm (2016), digital print, 150 x 100 mm
Step into the whole new realm (2016), serigraph print, 840 x 594 mm
Step into the whole new realm (2016), photograph on fabric, 1266 x 2250mm
Step into the whole new realm (2016), serigraph print, 594 x 840 mm
Step into the whole new realm (2016), serigraph print, 840 x 594 mm
Step into the whole new realm (2016), video projection, duration 2:44, acrylic plate, wood, sleeping pad. Music: Sami Suova