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News, 4/5/2013

Moving image artworks breaking out to public spaces - Nordic Outbreak Symposium in New York

Antti Laitinen: SnowmanAntti Laitinen: Snowman

The Nordic Outbreak project brings a number of Nordic moving image exhibitions and screening around the city during the first week of April. The week culminates on a high level Symposium where artists and curators discuss the effect digitalization has had on the Nordic moving image art scene. 

The symposium is part of the Nordic Outbreak exhibition that displays over 30 moving image artworks by established and emerging contemporary Nordic artists. The idea is to break out from the traditional forms of displaying art and bring the artworks in public spaces closer to the people. The exhibition will take place from March 31 to April 6. The artworks will be viewed as large projections on screens in public spaces. 

The Nordic Outbreak Symposium

Based on specific artistic practices and experiences in the Nordic context, artists, curators and theorists will present their individual perspectives that address ‘an outbreak’ from the conventional ways of displaying and interpreting art to merging them into different urban settings. Symposium also addresses how the issues and themes conveyed in the moving image respond to current issues and conditions in Nordic societies. The keynote speech is held by Erkki Huhtamo, Professor of Design Media Arts, UCLA. Other Finnish speakers include Kati Kivinen, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Minna Tarkka, Director m-cult Centre for New Media Culture.

Nordic Outbreak Symposium
9 am – 6 pm at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (38th Street)
Admission: Free by RSVP

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: FishermenEija-Liisa Ahtila: Fishermen
Finnish artist presented at the Nordic Outbreak

The theme of the New York exhibition, Nordic Outbreak: Confronting Tales, Futures and Memories, questions the fictional narratives and tales that underpin the Nordic concept: cultural values, identification with nature, melancholia, everyday life and the welfare model.

Nordic Outbreak exhibition is launched in New York but later on it will travel to the Nordic countries. In Finland, it will be displayed in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, in the heart of Helsinki in fall 2013.

April 2–5, 2013
Exhibition on Big Screen Plaza, 851 Avenue of the Americas, between 29th and 30th Street (behind the Eventi Hotel)

Miia Rinne: Sea (2012) 5:43 min.
April 2 and 4 at 12:45 pm, April 3 and 5 at 6:45 pm 

The film painting Sea (2012) by Miia Rinne has been painted on a 100 m long 35 mm film. The dark sceneries resembling a sea view at night are created from repeatedly painting new layers of paint on top of older ones. Like an onion, the work keeps the bygone images underneath its many layers, creating a reservoir of hidden images resembling human memory. 

Admission: Free by RSVP

April 4–6, 2013
Exhibition 8-9 pm at 2nd Street and Avenue A, 25 Avenue A
Eeva-Mari Haikala: Vie Coye (Fin) (2010) 1 min.
Vie Coye (Fin) is a sister work of Haikala’s video performance Vie Coye (Citron), filmed on the last day of the 30 days daily performance. Like many of Eeva-Mari Haikala’s moving image works, Vie Coye (Fin) (2010) is placed somewhere between a performance and a still life image, exploring the passing of time and the ephemerality of all.

Admission: Free by RSVP

April 5, 2013
Exhibition  7–10 pm at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Fishermen (Etudes no 1) (2010)
The first of a series of short studies or etudes, the film was shot in West Africa, and observes the local fishermen who attempt to overcome the strong wind and heavy waves to launch their boats out to sea.

Admission: Free by RSVP

April 6, 2013 at 7–11 pm on Bowery
Hannu Karjalainen: Towards an Architect (2010) 5:15 min.

Color is an elusive subject matter, with both abstract and coded meanings in this work, which is inspired by the color palette created by architect and urbanist Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier chose these colors on the basis of their psychological effect and assumed ability to induce harmony in the viewer. Instead of walls and ceilings, Karjalainen pours the colors on an architect, as if putting Le Corbusier into a close contact with this own creations. The work builds up as a critical response to the work of the architect.

Antti Laitinen: Snowman (2006) 7 min. 
In this performative work of absurdity and physical endurance, the artist affixes a large carrot as his nose, as his body is covered in a snow of falling white powder. Antti Laitinen’s works combine performance with video and photography, while he smoothly mixes a sense of absurd seriousness and angular humor.

April 6, 2013
Sky Room Dinner Party at the New Museum 7-11 pm

Further information on all events and RSVP

Hannu Karjalainen: Towards an ArchitectHannu Karjalainen: Towards an Architect


Nordic Outbreak is presented by Streaming Museum and curated and produced by Tanya Toft and Nina Colosi in collaboration with four Nordic guest curators: Daniela Arriado, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Kati Kivinen and Jacob Lillemose.
Nordic Outbreak 


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