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John Grzinich – Bothnia ice flows

Much attention has been devoted to ‘the north‘ in recent years due to the impending issues surrounding the notion of ‘climate change’. While there is a good deal to be debated as far as the extent to which climate change will affect us there is also a need for observation, to understand just who “we” are and what are “we” confronting. In my case, the residency at Platform in Vaasa Finland was the second point in a series of observational outings concerning climate, geography and human culture, particularly in the sub-arctic civilized areas of northern Europe (the first was in Iceland in March/April 2016). In Vaasa, the focus became about ‘ice’ and the role ice plays in culture and industry on the Bay of Bothnia during its seasonal freeze every winter.

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Pekko Käppi, Tomutonttu, Soundi Mozard & The Bodybuilderz

 

Pekko Käppi

Platform and Filmverkstaden collaborated in organizing an end of the year event at the old soapfactory in Palosaari. The night was full packed with great music, visuals and screenings by Filmverkstaden. The event was also a celebration for the old factory, as it will be demolished in the near future.

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Nina Svensson – How many hectares do you have?

 

How many hectares do you have? A study in future forestry and ownership relations.

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What if people from Timrå were given three hectares of forest. They could plant, take care, thin and fell the trees to get timber for more art halls. Everyone would be able to build their own institution. Plans are already made to be ordered, no building permissions are needed and the timber will be free. How many 25 ²m art halls may be built of 3 hectares of forest and when can the first one be built? Will the people of Timrå grow Christmas Trees for faster profits and instead buy the wood needed for the project? Or will they make an effort and grow wholesome and safe pine for maximum return on investment, around the year 2095.

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Roland Farkas – Refugees welcome

Roland Farkas’s project ‘Refugees Welcome’ realized at the Platform’s Artist in Residence program deals with the vicissitudes of refugees arriving to Europe. Their welcome differs in each country of the European Union – from barbed wires to arrests, from heartily welcome through indifference to hostility, from refugee camps to integration language courses. The project points out the anomalies of the system, explores the phenomena of migration and the utopian aspects of integration.

Roland Farkas (b. 1975, Slovakia) studied at the Intermedia Department of Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. He is interested in the effect of cultural specificities on human values in a broader sense. The primary subject of his work is the critical discussion of artistic, social and economic phenomena as well as the network of relationships between these phenomena and the processes of transformation, disappearance and entropy. He lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

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MOPE16, Márcio Carvalho and Michel Ruths

Márcio Carvalho

Carvalho’s practice for the last five years have been focused on memory and its influences upon collective groups and individual people. Science and human behavior, network sciences, appropriation and fiction are some concepts and forms used by the artist to research on autobiographical, collective and cultural memory, and its impact into social, cultural, political and economic contemporary life. The multidisciplinary ability of crossing disciplines reframes his work in various formats such as live performance, film documentary, video art, photography and sculpture, always attempting specific relation with the context and site in which he is operating.

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MOPE16, Shahrzad Malekian and DIMH

Shahrzad Malekian

Shahrzad Malekian (Born 1983, Iran) is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, performance and sculpture. Her works often embodied with contemporary human in her/his complex relations, power structure, and gender from the private to public domain. Malekian has a bent for enveloping the artistic concepts in layers of glamor, fantasy, and sarcasm, with socially critical and gender conscious statements. She has shown her sculptures in various exhibitions and biennials in Iran, along wearable objects she creates for her performances. Her videos have been shown internationally in group exhibitions in Brazil, USA , Germany , Sweden, Norway, Finland and London. Her video piece was selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam and Göteborg International Film Festival in Jan 2013. She was finalist for MOP CAP 2015 prize. Malekian lives and works in Tehran.

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MOPE16, Leena Kela and Ali Al-Fatlawi & Wathiq Al-Ameri

Leena Kela

I am a performance artist whose work evolves from observing everyday life and phenomena. I have been working with performance art since year 2000 and currently I am doing my doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. In my ongoing artistic research I focus on methods, phases and languages in collaboration processes between myself as a performance artist and experts and scientists from various disciplines, i.a. cosmologist researching dark energy.

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