Pyhä kaaos (A Holy Chaos)


Pyhä kaaos (A Holy Chaos), SIC

A liminal space is a kind of limbo between two states of being. Pyhä kaaos (A Holy Chaos) seeks out unknown futures, hiding spots, immersion, ruins and new traditions. If the system only offers strict roles, Pyhä kaaos begs to answer whether it is possible to get rid of them.

The human species daily evokes conflicting feelings that are hard to handle — it has enormous potential which is unfortunately wasted in spades on a daily basis. Man is self centered, arrogant, lazy, wasteful, unempathetic, aggressive and destructive — all the while backing up his actions with an incomprehensible array of fictitious justifications.

Then again, the spectrum of human life can be dazzling when viewed from a distance as a generalized mass — our travels across history are nothing short of heroic in this cold and empty universe.

At their finest, art and science help us understand humanity objectively, in more comprehensible fashion, sometimes even in the form of proper entertainment for the escapist in all of us.

In day-today life, the human individual is a hard mess to understand; moody, hard to interpret, dull, loud and sweaty. Then again, the human individual seems to flourish in a written fictitious state — delving into a well thought out fictitious world can easily make one lose track of time.

Thoroughly honed, distilled, well packaged and crystallized thoughts — be it books, articles, plays, exhibitions, recordings, concerts, movies or any other great works of art and science — are the epitome of humanity. One can experience many eras and time scales through such works — consuming and analyzing culture can be as addictive as any drug out there.

Pyhä kaaos is a part of the Helsinki University Art as a Work and Working Tool project, carried out together with Kiasma’s URB festival. The contents of the exhibition is gathered from material assembled by researchers and the workgroup.

Working group

Sauli Sirviö, Elina Izarra, Are Nikkinen, Niroz Haji, Sawuli, Iita Järn, Jani-Matti Salo, Mark Niskanen, Tomi Visakko, Liisa Raevaara, Marjo Savijärvi, Annika Turunen, Jonna Malaska, Katja Orpana, Laura Ihalainen

Supported by Kone Foundation.

Thank you: Koneen Säätiö, Museum of Impossible Forms/Ahmed Al-Nawas, Mikael Aaltonen, Niina Tervo, Arto Tommiska, Bogna Luiza Wisniewska
Documentation: Tuomas Linna

Alkumetreillä (2018) Publisher: Kiasma Theatre-URB Festival & Art as a Work and Working Tool project. Edited by Elina Izarra & Sauli Sirviö. Texts: Mikael Aaltonen, Elina Izarra, Sauli Sirviö, Marjo Savijärvi, Tomi Visakko. Graphic design: Rastapunka. Pictures: Veera Konsti, Kira Leskinen, Tuomas Linna, Susanna Kesänen, Liina Aalto-Setälä. Fonts: Mikko Varakas. Printed in Livonia Print, Latvia (200 copies).



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 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


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