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Therapy of shock

Eulalia Domanowska | 11.5.2004

Platform invited Eualalia Domanowska(P). She held the lecture “Therapy of Shock” – about polish art in the past decade.

 

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Citymind Helsinki


17.4–9.5.2004

Galleri Huuto from Helsinki was the third guest Platform invited in spring 2004 on the theme Citymind. Galleri Huuto was founded in November 2002 from a strong urge to create a new independent and non-commercial exhibition space. Huuto was founded by 24 young artists as a one-year project, but continued after this and has today considered one of the most interesting exhibition spaces in Helsinki. The founding members of Huuto had in common an interest to gather different kinds of artists without forcing any artistic manifest. For the Huuto-members it was natural to offer the all members the possibility to participate in the Platform exhibition. They chose to use a democratic and multi purposed technique – the dia-positive. All artists handle dia_positives in different situations in their work. Everybody has them. Some of the artists had concentrated on the Citymind theme and prepared their pictures especially for the exhibition, but there was also pictures from private archives or found pictures. In the exhibition space they built an installation of several projectors and over 400 pictures that was projected on different surfaces that simultaneously divided the room.   The installation can be seen as mirroring a cityscape where the visitor move between the sounds and pictures that are constantly changing. The sounds was mixed with the clicking of the projector and together with the pictures formed a kind of “citymind”.

At the opening night the Helsinki based Pink Twins played at the market square in Vaasa.

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Passion 16.4.-29.4. and 30.4.-2.5.2004

Platform at MAMA in Rotterdam

The initial idea of curating a show about Finnish manliness resulted in two solo shows titled Passion.

Jörgen Erkius (SWE) Opening 16.4.2004
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Erkius’ work is based on a performance-like process. Often taking the form of a kind of circuit – it starts, goes on and ends, returning to a similar path as it began from. This process is documented. Sometimes the result is photos, sometimes video. The objects he uses are gone – something has changed, there is a trace of the happening left. In MAMA Jörgen engaged a motorcycle-stuntman to perform for the opening. The exhibition consisted of the trace he had left and a documenting photograph.

Jouni Partanen (FIN) Opening 30.4.2004
Lives and works in Lahti, Finland. Partanen often works spontaneously within or with a given social context. He is a performance artist, often within collaborations, but works also with drawings and objects. He uses himself as an object and as a frame of reference. This is a process where a series of performances, previously made objects, drawings and sometimes personal belongings leads to an installation. At the opening Jouni gave away or burnt all belongings, clothes and money he had brought with him, leaving himself naked and scraped bare in the street. Uncertain how the performance will end.

The exhibition was curated by Ulrika Ferm.

 

 

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Citymind Helsinki 17.4.–9.5.2004

 

Galleri Huuto from Helsinki was the third guest invited by Platform in spring 2004 under the theme Citymind. Galleri Huuto was founded in November 2002 following a strong urge to create a new independent and non-commercial exhibition space. Huuto was founded by 24 young artists as a one-year project, but continued after this and is considered today to be one of the most interesting exhibition spaces in Helsinki. The founding members of Huuto had in common an interest to gather different kinds of artists without forcing any artistic manifest. For them it was natural to offer all members the possibility to participate in the Platform exhibition. They chose to use a democratic and multi- purposed technique – the dia-positive. All artists handle dia-positives in different situations in their work. Everybody has them. Some of the artists had concentrated on the Citymind theme and prepared their pictures especially for the exhibition, but there were also found pictures and pictures from private archives. The resulting installation was made up of several projectors and over 400 pictures that were projected on different surfaces that simultaneously divided the room.   The installation can be seen as mirroring a cityscape where the visitor moves between the constantly changing sounds and pictures. The sounds were mixed with the clicking of the projector and together with the pictures formed a kind of “citymind”.

At the opening night the Helsinki-based Pink Twins played in the main market square in Vaasa.

 

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Valokalenteri

Antonio Scarponi & Barbara Galassi | 1.4.2004

Platform invited Antonio Scarponi(I) and Barbara Galassi(I). They presented their project Valokalenteri, Solar Light – Social Behavior in Finland.

 

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Passion

Platform at MAMA in Rotterdam | 16.4-29.4.2004 and 30.4-2.5.2004

The initial idea of curating a show about Finnish manliness ended with two solo shows called Passion.

Jörgen Erkius (SWE) Opening 16.4.2004
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Erkius’ work is based on a performance-like process. It’s often a kind of circuit – it starts, goes on and ends, returning to a similar path as it began from. This process is documented. Sometimes the result is photos, sometimes video. The objects he uses are gone – something has changed, there is a trace of the happening left. In mama Jörgen engaged a motorcycle-stuntman to perform for the opening. The exhibition consisted of the trace he had left and a documenting photograph.

Jouni Partanen (FIN) Opening 30.4.2004
Lives and works in Lahti, Finland. Partanen often works spontaneously within or with a given social context. He is a performance artist, often within collaborations, but works also with drawings and objects. He uses himself as an object and as a frame of reference. This is a process where a series of performances, previously made objects, drawings and sometimes personal belongings leads to an installation.
At the opening Jouni gave away or burnt all belongings, cloths and money he had brought leaving himself naked and scraped bare in the street. Uncertain how the performance will end.

The exhibition was curated by Ulrika Ferm.

 

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Friction 20.3.-8.4.2004

Jasper Budel & Marcus Lerviks

Friction is an exhibition with works by Jasper Budel (NL) and Markus Lerviks (FI). The works of Budel and Lerviks are manipulative and deceptive. They create an inner anxiety by blending contradictory feelings; fear and compassion, sadness and irony. The exhibition consists of installations and videos that maliciously confront the spectator and therefore have the exceptional ability to »get under skin». The exhibition materialises a »field of friction» transforming the space into a mental map or itinerary in which the works are reciprocal to each other as well as to the visitor.

Budel’s installation »Too sad to cry», consists of 470 large silkscreen-printed paper bags, and a video installation. Its size is Leviathan and will yield the spectator to superior numbers. Yet the self-portraits on the bags and in the video are vulnerable, pitiful and defy cruelty in the same time.

Lerviks shows three different works, two older video installations (»Easy pressure», »No Title») along with a new piece, »Keep it clean». The installation consists of two monitors placed on a wall next to each other. The image in the first monitor is of an ice-hockey goalkeeper trying to manage his given task. In the other monitor there are short sequences of a food-struggle within the bird kingdom. The installation deals with two extremes of control, the human in contrast to animal nature.

Friction is the second collaboration between artists-run spaces Platform (Vaasa) and MORGEN (Rotterdam). In 2002 MORGEN participated with four artists in the performance festival MOPE02.

 

 

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Friction

Jasper Budel & Marcus Lerviks| 20.3-8.4.2004

Friction is an exhibition with works of Jasper Budel (NL) and Markus Lerviks (FI).
The works of Budel and Lerviks are manipulative and deceptive. They create an inner anxiety by blending contradictory feelings; fear and compassion, sadness and irony. The exhibition consists of installations and videos that maliciously confront the spectator and therefore have the exceptional quality to »get under skin». The exhibition materialises a »field of friction» transforming the space into a mental map or itinerary in which the works are reciprocal to each other as well as to the visitor.

Budel is showing an installation »Too sad to cry», which consists of 470 large, silkscreen-printed paper bags, and a video installation. Its size is Leviathan and will yield the spectator to superior numbers. Yet the self-portraits on the bags and in the video are vulnerable, pitiful and defy cruelty in the same time.

Lerviks shows three different works, two older video installations (»Easy pressure», »No Title») along with a new piece called »Keep it clean». The installation consists of two monitors placed on a wall next to each other. The image in the first monitor is an ice-hockey goalkeeper trying to manage his given task. In the other monitor there are short sequences of a food-struggle within the bird kingdom. The installation deals with two extremes of control, the human in contrast to the animal nature.

Friction is the second collaboration between artists-run spaces Platform (Vaasa) and MORGEN (Rotterdam). In 2002 MORGEN participated with four artists in the performance festival MOPE02.

 

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InFest 25.2.-29.2.2004

Artist Run Culture

Seminar on artist-run initiatives held in Vancouver, Canada.

 

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Citymind Turku 28.2.–21.3.2004

 

The members of the association were offered the possibility to participate in the exhibition and ten artists answered the invitation: Heini Aho, Annika Dahlsten, Reino Koivula, Jouko Korkeasaari, Sanna Syvänen, Oona Tikkaoja, Panu Thusberg, Matti Vainio, Paula Väinämö and Merja Ylitalo.

The exhibition consists of black and white drawings made in a large scale on the walls, which form a collage of images that stretch out like a city landscape, an imaginary. Different looking curtains are placed in front of the drawings, which can be used by the spectator to reveal and cover the landscape. The curtains imply the characteristic feature of our culture of seeing the home as a private sphere, in opposition to the public space. Our image of the city protects the private from the public insight in the form of curtains.

The drawing on the other hand is a manual and individual expression, a kind of shaper of identity and image, just as subjective and unique as the self in itself. The repetition, the reproduction of the drawings takes a position on the collective, the common city identity, whose conditions are defined by a contextual constraint.

 

 

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