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Month: September 2009

Platform Parasite Art Event Friday 25.9.2009

Istanbul – Vaasa 2009

The event was part of an ongoing collaborative art project that Cheap Finnish Labour (CFL) started as a social intervention in Istanbul and realised in parallel with the inauguration of the 11th Istanbul Biennale. Between the 8th and 15th September, fourteen artists and cultural workers who run the Platform Contemporary Art Space in Vaasa, attended and explored the centre of Istanbul and the venue of the Istanbul Biennale. Inspired by Bertol Brecht’s verfremdungseffekt, distancing as an artistic and staging effect, the CFL group explored distancing as a source for art practice in Istanbul. By generating situated and relational interventions between artists, cultural workers, arts, public space and audience, CFL generated interpretation spaces for dialogue on the contemporary human condition. CFL highlighted the outcomes from the intervention by stressing Parasitism; an activity where the parasite stays alive by creating a symbiotic relation to the host.

Now, back in Vaasa, CFL invites you to a continued dialogue by framing a Platform Parasite Art Event where the documentation of CFL’s Istanbul experience is presented as a replica and postproduction of the Istanbul atmosphere. The Platform Parasite Art Event is composed as a concentrated social zone including Istanbul staging, guides, exteriors, interiors, noise, music, flavours and movements.

CFL Dragos Alexandrescu, Albert Braun, Ulrika Ferm, Joakim Hansson, Rasmus Hedlund, Marcus Lerviks, Eija Leinonen, Maria Lundström, Maria Nordbäck, Peter Rosvik, Tuomo Väänänen, Maria Ångerman, Hans Österblad.
Guest Guillaume Aubry (FRA)
Curator Hannah Kaihovirta-Rosvik


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Intimate Economies

Sarah Browne | Artist in residence September-October 2009


On residency in Vaasa during September and October, Sarah Browne is researching the production of muscha (moonshine). She is also developing a new film work that deals with natural and bodily metaphors, particularly ideas of love, control and intoxication used to discuss moments of crisis and breakdown within capitalism and ’the economy’. The result of the research will be shown in an exhibition at Kuntsi museum of modern art in Vaasa next year.

Browne’s research-based practice addresses this notion of ‘the economy’ as the dominant metaphor for contemporary social and political relations, and attempts to locate, create and value alternative interactions within these existing systems. She is concerned with the creation or documentation of intentional economies and temporary ‘communities’. These small-scale gatherings tend to form and be formed by forces of intention or desire, and are typically influenced by emotional affects. She often works on a domestic scale, using amateur, craft or semi-professional technologies such as upholstery, knitting, flower-pressing, carpet-knotting and film-making (super 8 and 16mm).

On 22nd October, Browne hosted a film screening of Bob Quinn’s Poitín in the Platform residency studio. (Poitín is the Irish equivalent of moonshine/ muscha). The choice of film is linked to her research into illicit alcohol production, relationships between economy and place, and pseudo/ethnographic film. Widely regarded as a classic of Irish cinema, this is also the first film made in the Irish language (English subtitles).

Recent exhibitions and commissions include the Irish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne; Noughties but Nice, Twenty First Century Irish Art, Limerick City Gallery and touring (both 2009); A Romantic Interlude, commissioned for New Sites, New Fields, Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2008); A Model Society, solo exhibition at the LAB, Dublin; and Sweet Futures, commissioned for Visualise Carlow (both Ireland, 2007).


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