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Maja Rohwetter, 16.8.-17.8.2008

In collaboration with the KulturÖsterbotten residency programme at Stundars, Platform arranged an artist talk/opening with Maja Rohwetter, an artist based in Berlin.

Starting from a suite of paintings referring to experiences made from computer games, such as immersion, discontinuity of space, rendering problems and transitions from 2D to 3D, Rohwetter created an interactive 3D model. The painting process was translated to spatial constellations, layers and bodies.

The show at Platform presented a video of a camera flight through this 3D environment, in addition to four paintings – based on screenshots of the model – that she realised during her stay at Stundars. In the video, the tracking shot forces the spectator into an often uncomfortable movement through space, permanently deconstructing the picture. The four paintings explore similar aspects, oscilliating between the recognizable and the unknown.

Maja Rohwetter


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Fictional Hometown

Maja Rohwetter & Gabriele Künne | 3.11–30.11.2000

Both artist are German and had a residency during a longer time in one of the Nordic countries, Maja Rohwetter in Finland and Gabriele Kûnne in Sweden. Both dealt with their new environment specifically on a modern urban basis. Rohwetter combines photos of different small towns in Finland in photoshop and uses these collages for her paintings. The results are paintings of seemingly recognizable places where everything looks familiar but something is different, you just can’t point out what. Künne deals with roads and bridges, highways and viaducts seen as enormous sculptures in the cityscape. She uses these shapes for making sculptures.

Parallel to Fictional Hometown a 3-day seminar was arranged on city planning, the city as living environment and the place of art in the city, inviting a tenant association that deal with the parks in Vaasa (Jaakko Vainiopää, Kantakaupungin asukasyhdistys ry), an association of shops around the town square (Tuula Wägar; Vasa affärscentrum rf) that usually arrange some strange occasions on the market square where they put up a fence around it and you’ll have to pay to get in, the town architect (Kalle Viljanen) and a researcher and architect from Helsinki (Panu Lehtovuori) and an architect from the neighboring city Jakobstad (Roger Wingren).


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