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ARS17 – Hello World! 31 Mar 2017 – 10 Sep 2017 / 14 Jan 2018
ARS17 exhibition opens in Kiasma, #helsinki ARS17 – Hello World!, is a survey of #contemporaryart focusing on the global digital revolution and its impact on our culture and economy, as well as human identity and behaviour. The exhibition in Kiasma, Museum of #contemporaryart, #helsinki brings together 35 artists from 13 countries representing three generations, from the ‘60s to the ‘80s. The ARS17+ Online Art website at arsplus.fi showcases a selection of new net art as part of the ARS17 exhibition at Kiasma. Many of the artists featured in the exhibition are post-internet millennials, who are digital natives more or less from the moment they are born. For them, the physical and virtual worlds are inseparable components of the same merged reality. In their world, digital technology is not an end itself, but a tool for creating, sharing and experiencing. What can art tell us about life in the digital age? This question forms the thematic catalyst of the ARS17 exhibition. Each ARS exhibition has traditionally taken up a cultural or societal topic for in-depth analysis. This time the theme we are investigating is the digital revolution, though not from a technology-driven perspective, but rather from a human-interest angle, focusing on behaviours, feelings, desires and communities. In our daily lives, digital services and platforms have become tools for connecting people and for delivering streamlined, personalized services. Meanwhile, our consumer habits, relationships and personal interests have become more public and visible than ever before. The internet has become a state of mind, both on a personal and collective level. For today’s artists, ‘embracing the future’ is not about chasing trends, but more about making choices that will affect tomorrow. One of the core goals of ARS17 is to deepen our critical self-understanding of digital culture in relation to how art is presented, and also to foster an inter-disciplinary approach in bringing art into a wider arena of debate on our digital future. Many interwoven themes are raised by the works in the exhibition. These themes include human relationship with animate objects, technology and energy production; the connection between the physical and virtual worlds; self-image as shaped by social media; and where we are headed in the future, whether in the direction of techno-utopias or frightening dystopian visions. Some of the works depict the internet as the great collective unconscious of our time. The exhibition also highlights the new aesthetics of the digital age and the experimental use of brand aesthetics in the post-capitalist era. The ARS17+ Online Art is a collection of online art that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere, via personal mobile device if the user so desires. Some of the pieces in the online collection add an extra dimension to an accompanying physical work in the exhibition. While celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017, as part of the official ‘Finland 100 Years’ programme, ARS17 also emphasises the importance of looking forward, focuing on the shaping of the next 100 years. ARS17 includes over 50 artists in three programmes: ARS17 – the main exhibition; ARS17 + Online Art – a newly launched platform to present works online, to extend the experience beyond the museum walls; and ARS17 at Kiasma Theatre – a new programme exploring the issues of digital transformation on the present and future of live art, including guest performances and four Finnish premieres. ARS17 artists: Ed Atkins (1982, Great Britain), Andrey Bogush (1987, Russia), Nina Canell (1979, Sweden), Cécile B. Evans (1983, USA), Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin (1981, USA & 1981, USA), Melanie Gilligan (1979, Canada), Juha van Ingen (1963, Finland), Yung Jake (2011, Internet), Ilja Karilampi (1983, Sweden), Nandita Kumar (1981, Mauritius), Tuomas A. Laitinen (1976, Finland), LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner: Shia LaBeouf (1986, USA), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (1985, Finland), Luke Turner (1982, Great Britain), Reija Meriläinen (1987, Finland), Katja Novitskova (1984, Estonia), Jaakko Pallasvuo (1987, Finland), Aude Pariset (1983, France), Jon Rafman (1981, Canada), Charles Richardson (1979, Great Britain), Rachel Rossin (1987, USA), Jacolby Satterwhite (1986, USA), Hito Steyerl (1966, Germany), Anna Uddenberg (1982, Sweden), Julia Varela (1986, Spain), Artie Vierkant (1986, USA). ARS17+ Online Art artists: David Blandy (1976, Great Britain), Ed Fornieles (1983, Great Britain), Juha van Ingen (1963, Finland), Rachel Maclean (1987, Great Britain), Florian Meisenberg (1980, Germany), Reija Meriläinen (1987, Finland), Pink Twins Juha Vehviläinen & Vesa Vehviläinen (1978 & 1974, Finland), Angelo Plessas (1974, Greece), Jon Rafman (1981, Canada), Tuomo Rainio (1983, Finland), Charles Richardson (1979, Great Britain), Jarkko Räsänen (1984, Finland), Axel Straschnoy (1978, Argentina), Jenna Sutela (1983, Finland), Amalia Ulman (1989, Argentina). ARS17 is curated by Dr. Leevi Haapala, the Director of Kiasma, with curatorial team including Chief Curator Marja Sakari along with curators Kati Kivinen, Patrik Nyberg and Jari-Pekka Vanhala. ARS17+ Online Art is produced under the direction of Chief Curator of collections Arja Miller along with curators Eija Aarnio and Milja Liimatainen. The commissioned works by Angelo Plessas and Jenna Sutela were curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, a London-based curator who specialises in online art. Kiasma Theatre’s program is curated by producer Mikael Aaltonen. The exhibition architecture is by Sun Effects Oy. The ARS17 publication contains presentations about every artist featured in the show, as well as essays by Maaike Bleeker, Omar Kholeif, Christiane Paul and Leevi Haapala. The bilingual book (Fin/Eng) has been edited by Eija Aarnio and Jari-Pekka Vanhala. Available from Kiasma Shop and the online store at www.museoshop.fi The ARS17 exhibition at Kiasma has an extensive programme of events. Special events featured on the two Student Days, the Night of Philosophy and the Art Trip for Second-Graders, all take their themes from ARS17. Events associated with individual artworks will be presented throughout the year. In the autumn, eighth-graders from all over Finland will come to Kiasma to serve as testers for Reija Meriläinen’s work of art. Digital media and devices also strongly feature in Kiasma workshops, such as those that look at robotics or create game characters. arsguide.fi Set up your own ARS17 guide for the visit. The mobile guide also offers information that is useful both before and after your visit. The exhibition guide can be read online. Show your feelings about ARS17 – Emotion Loader will turn them into a video! Developed jointly by Kiasma and Microsoft, the Emotional Loader reads emotional states from visitors’ faces and uses the scan to create a unique animated video clip. Emotional Loader is an interactive work that makes use of the AI in Microsoft’s Emotion API and Azure platform. Its physical interface consists of the Surface Hub multi-touch collaboration device. Emotion Loader analyses facial expressions in real time to identify specific emotions. Users also receive an email containing a link to their video, which they can share with friends on social media. Emotional Loader is built by Great Apes Ltd and the Wörks advertising agency. Kiasma Store has stocked up on products featuring the ARS17 themes and Hello World! merchandise. As the exhibition opens, the store will put on sale a limited-edition run of 100 sweatshirts with a pattern by ARS-featured artist Ilja Karilampi. A selection of the merchandise will also be available at Kiasma Webshop www.museoshop.fi ARS17 – Hello World! 31 Mar 2017 – 10 Sep 2017 / 14 Jan 2018 Kiasma Theatre presents performances and screenings as a part of the ARS17 Artists’ Panel Discussion Sat 1 Apr 1-3pm: Would you be an artist without internet?Artists’ panel discussion moderated by Leevi Haapala, Museum Director of Kiasma. Participating artists: Ed Atkins, Ilja Karilampi, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Artie Vierkant. Language: English. Free entrance, online reservations at kiasma.fi/liput Ed Atkins’s Live Performance In Kiasma Theatre. Tickets €15/12, includes admission to the museum. online reservations at kiasma.fi/liput Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek / CAMPO: Schönheitsabend Thu–Fri 6–7 Apr at 7pm Choreographer duo Holzinger & Riebeek’s controversial performance Schönheitsabend (‘Night of beauty’) explores and subverts the concept of beauty. It draws its imagery from early 20th century Orientalism and famous dancers of the period, from power relations, violence, exoticism and indecent eroticism. The performance is not recommended for under-18s. Duration 1h 20 min. Tickets €20/15, includes admission to ARS17 exhibition. ARS17 Screening: Children of the Internet Fri–Sat 21–22 Apr The first selection in the series, Children of the Internet, presents works by seven emerging artists from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The selection brings together viewpoints that illuminate the presence of the conceptual and the poetic within post-naturalist and postInternet culture, without forgetting humour. Tickets €5 Rodrigo Sobarzo: Prins of Ne†works Fri 28 Apr at 7pm and Sat 29 Apr, at 2pm and at 4pm Rodrigo Sobarzo explores the digital world order, an ever-evolving online realm. Prins of Ne†works merges the process of art with chemical decomposition: the work is a virtual manifesto which examines new ecologies that combine the digital and the analog worlds. The central motifs of the performance are fly breeding and natural cycles. Duration appr. 45 min. Tickets €20/15, includes admission to ARS17 exhibition. Otso Huopaniemi: Mind Machine Fri 19 May at 7pm and Sat 20 May, at 3pm and Sun 21 May, at 3pm Machines are writing and reading us just as we are writing and reading them. In our thoroughly algorithmised culture the question is no longer whether we are cyborgs or not, but what is the degree of our cyborgicity. Language Finnish and English. Tickets €15/12, includes admission to ARS17 exhibition. ARS17 -programme shall continue during summer & fall URB 17 -festival (2-10 Aug): W A U H A U S: The Church of Internet Anna-Mari Karvonen & Anni Puolakka: Amor fati (7-16 Sep) KOKIMO 20-21 Oct Moving in November / Jefta van Dinther (SE/NL): Dark Field Analysis (3-4 Nov) Mikko Hynninen, Eeva Muilu, Jaakko Pietiläinen, Antti Salminen, Jani-Matti Salo, Masi Tiitta, Elina Vainio: PET (Nov-Dec 2017) ARS17 Information www.kiasma.fi www.arsplus.fi www.arsguide.fi www.kiasma.fi/teatteri www.kiasma.fi/liput www.museoshop.fi The ARS exhibitions are a series of major surveys of international #contemporaryart, organised since 1961. In total, the exhibitions have had more than half a million visitors, presenting work by about 600 artists or groups. ARS17 is the ninth exhibition in the series, and the fourth to be held in Kiasma – the Museum of #contemporaryart in #helsinki, Finland.
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