frozen species art exhibition

23 May 2015 | anartistas - Helsinki, Finland

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frozen species

A processual exhibition performed by 17 foreigner artists living in Helsinki and organized by the curator/artists Gian Luigi Biagini (IT) and John Dunn (Cascadia). Each of the 17 artists built their own totem-installation on skis. The 15 totems were towed in a parade on an iced surface, an urban iced desert that was occupied by the artists as if it were a huge open white cube, a no man’s land for a living nomadic exhibition, open to all contingencies and phase-shiftings which occur throughout the process. The exhibition wants to provide an unfamiliar site-specific experience to the artists and to the public. It also tinges itself with political and polemical issues, because the 15 foreigner artists, as a singular multitude, strive to express their own specific wording within a cold environment in which they are frozen. They are species that fight for an heterogeneous vital space on the edge of the structural monoculturalism and fake multiculturalism of Finland. They want to break the ice in which they are frozen and thus enter into in a smooth space with new potentialities.

List of participating artists:

Anastasia Artemeva (Russia)

Gian Luigi Biagini (Italy)

Charli Clark (UK)

John Dunn (Cascadia)

Vito Giorgio (Glarus)

Alexei Gordin (Estonia)

Fabu Pires (Brazil)

Lineta L?duma / Marleta (Latvia)

Steve Maher (Ireland)

Frederic Bado (Burkina)

Martina Miño (Ecuador)

Ranjit Menon (India)

Marek Pluciennik (Poland/Canada)

Roberto Pugliese (Italy)

M?rti?š Rozenfelds / Marleta (Latvia)

Arlene Tucker(USA/Taiwan)

Ernest Truely (USA/Estonia)

Júlia Valle (Brazil)

– february 22, 6-10 pm : frozen species make noise convergence at oranssi culture center, kaasutehtaankatu 1, 00540 helsinki, suvilahti, valvomo – building nr. 11

- february 24, 12.30 pm migratory parade starting at 12.30 pm

lasting anywhere from 2 hours to eternally beginning on the frozen bay

between pitkäsilta and siltavuorensalmi bridges, helsinki, hakaniemi .

– february 26, 6-10 pm : frozen species against walls at eskus live arts center, kaasutehtaankatu 1/33, 00540 helsinki, puhdistamo, building nr. 6, 2. floor. open mo-fri 10-5 until march 26th

frozen species took place outdoors and indoors in suvilahti and hakaniemi districts of helsinki. suvilahti is an art deco style former gas works that is under historic preservation law but is an integrated part of the very large intensive high-rise office and apartment development project on the kalasatama wasteland, which is still 90% unbuilt.

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