The Artist is not Present


The Artist is not PresentPori Biennial 2014, Pori, Finland.


Translation for email:
Hi Pori Biennial organizers! Yesterday we hopped on a car train in Pasila.
Our destination was Tampere where we planned to hop on a freight train that should have taken us to Pori. The thing is that we did not have time to leave the car train in Tampere because the car train was connected to another train as soon as we arrived to the railway station. According to Google maps we are moving towards Kolari.
The speed is now 160 kilometers per hour. We do not have enough money for return tickets, so it might take some time before we are back in southern Finland…
This also means that my participation in the Biennial is at stake. This is a big disappointment for me and I´m deeply sorry about the mess. For compensation I attached three videoclips of our trip towards Kolari. My mobile phones battery is almost dead and soon I will be out of reach. I will try to contact you again as soon as possible and I hope from the bottom of my heart that I will reach Pori before the Biennial is over.
Have a nice opening party!

It Listens to Your Phone, Smiles at You in Media and Asks You for Money


It Listens to Your Phone, Smiles at You in Media and Asks You for Money

“It listens to your phone, smiles at you in media and asks you for money” is a newspaper that spreads around public space as well as into two simultaneous exhibitions in Gallery Alkovi and Kuvan Kevät 2014 – The Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts’ in KUVA/TILA (Exhibition Laboratory).


The material of this newspaper is documented between years 2013- 2014. The documentation has taken place at Sampo bank‘s (the current Danske Bank) office in Hakaniemi, below the landscape of Pielinen in restaurant Eliel (the current Burger King), on a long distance train that has been taken out of service in Turku (demolished), in abandoned shelter underneath the district Kallio, in the tram number 3T and 3B (nowadays 2 and 3), in Stone castle at Ilmala location (partly arsoned), in Kaarti riding hall (the current parking hall), in Kakola’s abandoned prison and other countless places that still perhaps exist in some material form. The texts have been scattered in hundreds of pieces of paper. Also written by ink on the palm of hands. Negatives have been in the archives as an evidence of past times. The material was compiled into one folder, because the data must be passed forward in its official form. The newspaper that you have in your possession is a collection of fragments. The fragments consist of encounters of different personalities. Most importantly, these fragments were born under the influence of Opus. Without him or her, this bulletin and the associated odyssey never would have happened. The newspaper itself is the product of physical and ephemeral. It is placed in Helsinki’s infrastructure and is expected to come discovered by chance. It appears guarded by the statues of Lyhdynkantajat. If you do not get the newspaper physically to yourself in the future you may run into it in folk stories and urban legends. In order to maintain all the information for future generations the newspaper’s content has been sprayed towards distant galaxies in the form of digital hieroglyphs to places where there might still be hope. While you are reading this text the author of this newspaper has climbed on the back of his medallic steed and started his journey somewhere away from the modern technology.

To Opus at Helsinki central railway station, track 11.
Tuesday 22nd of April 2014.
The last copy of newspaper “It listens to your phone, smiles at you in media and asks you for money”
Offset print, 430 mm × 280 mm, distribution 2000 copies. Distributed in Helsinki 22.-28.4.2014, Finland.
Installation view from Gallery Alkovi, 30.4-1.6.2014 and KUVA/TILA 9.5-1.6.2014.
Text and images: Sauli Sirviö
Graphic design: Johannes Rantapuska
Video documentation: Kirmo Ekholmsaulisirvio_news8saulisirvio_news4saulisirvio_news16saulisirvio_news18saulisirvio_news11saulisirvio_news15

Suomi kuvaa collective-Private/Public Conversation


Private/Public Conversation

Suomi kuvaa collective, “Private/Public Conversation”, The Present Remains 8.11-9.12.2012.
Photographic Centre Nykyaika, TR1, Tampere, Finland.

“Private Conversation” is a wooden box in the middle of the gallery space. The box can be viewed from the gallery´s balcony. Inside the box there are four photographs, four different stories. The photographs are partly hidden, the idea is to  have a private moment between the four stories.
Next to the “Private Conversation”  there is a pile of newspapers. The newspaper consists of public conversation that can be viewed by the audience.

Suomi kuvaa Collective: Tuomas Linna, Juuso Noronkoski, Sauli Sirviö & Matti Tanskanen.
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Offset print, 430 mm × 280 mm, distribution 2000 copies.
Text and images: Suomi kuvaa collective
Graphic design: Johannes Rantapuska