Helsinki-based artist Mika Taanila (b. 1965) operates with film, video, photography, sound, and installation that investigate various technological developments and the innovators behind them. He uses the documentary form to consider—and often critique—the implications of human achievement and the relentless drive towards advancement.
Tomorrow's New Dawn at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is the artist's first solo presentation in an American museum. It features the North American premiere of a major video installation commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13), and a new series of photograms inspired by climatic scenes in major Hollywood film productions.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Image: Mika Taanila: Futuro—A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998), still from a video.
Moving image is the central art form for film director and media artist Maarit Suomi-Väänänen. Her work also encompasses photography and installations, including immaterial elements such as smoke and light. Suomi-Väänänen’s Minispectacles 1-9, a series of one-minute films or cinematic haikus, will be screened at the Experimental Film Fest Portland, OR on May 22.
810 SE Belmont St
Portland OR 97214
Suomi-Väänänen’s short film In a Musty, Misty Thicket is competing at Montreal Underground Film Festival in Canada on May 25. In A Musty Misty Thicket attempts to deconstruct inner worlds and psychological tensions by making use of special effects and creatures that are interwoven with observations regarding (ab)use of power, chemical dependency and narcissism.
6029A, ave. du Parc
Montréal, QC H2V 4H4
Finnish Design, Art and Tech Exhibition by Nuppu Labs showcases 17 Finnish brands in the creative fields for the second year in a row during the New York Design Week and Internet Week. Nuppu Labs is collaboration-based creative publishing agency with a mission to create and promote Finnish art, design and technological innovations via cross-cultural collaboration.
An independent design and technology promoter Laura Avonius curates the exhibition. The exhibitors have been chosen based on their innovativeness, artistic integrity, sustainability and respect for life.
The exhibitors include:
Design: Neroko, titiMadam, Costo, Saana ja Olli, One Nordic Furniture Company, Viona Blu, Emmi Malmström Shoes, Finsk, Outo Wear, Ivana Helsinki.
Art: Therese + Joel Photography, Ivana Helsinki films, Mariko.
Art-tech: Stylewhile, Sayduck.
Nest New York
108 E 16th St (6th floor)
New York, NY 10003
WantedDesign is a creative destination for the design community with innovative installations, student workshops, engaging discourse and more. It will feature a curated exhibition of international designers along with a conversation series, a pop-up store, convivial lounges and more. Two Finnish design companies, Secto Design Oy and One Nordic, take part in the event.
Secto Design Oy specializes in wooden designer lamps and the lampshades are handmade of Finnish birch by highly skilled craftsmen. The designs by architect Seppo Koho have a clear and simple Scandinavian feel with the wood providing a soft luminosity for atmosphere and appeal.
OneNordic offers high quality furniture and accessories designed by the best Nordic designers. One Nordic is founded by Joel Roos functioning as the CEO and Stefan Mahlberg, running the R&D and production.
269 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Video_dumbo’s eighth annual festival and exhibition of contemporary moving image artwork includes fourteen video screening programs, alongside eight installation works under the title Re-Return to Sender.
Video_dumbo presents 106 artists from 30 different countries, championing the diversity of today's experimental, moving image landscape. Screenings include the premiere of Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s film The Annunciation as part of the Believers program and a Special Program of New Finnish Video Art, co-presented by AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art.
The New Finnish Video Art Program includes works from Jani Ruscica, Carl Sebastian Lindberg, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Sami Van Ingen, Natalia Comandari, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Mikko Gaestel & Jaakko Pallasvuo and Juha Mäki-Jussila.
The festival is co-presented by Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in collaboration with Dumbo Arts Center and curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy.
Thursday, May 16
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Program 1: New Finnish Video Art
Saturday, May 18
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Program 11: Believers
Sunday, May 19
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
540 West 21 Street,
New York, NY 10011
Image: Carl Sebastian Lindberg: Home and Country (2013), still from a video.
Moving-image artist Lauri Astala's latest interactive installation On Disappearance is on view at the Eyebeam Art and Technology center throughout the video_dumbo festival.
On Disappearance deals with the changes in our spatiotemporal experience and our social encounters induced by current communication technologies. The installation aims to destroy the norm of the traditional, cinematic black cube, wherein the role of the spectator is limited to that of passive observer, experiencing a mediated reality.
Astala will also give a talk on Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 pm.
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
540 West 21 Street,
New York, NY 10011
Image: Lauri Astala: On Disappearance (2012), still from a video.
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) hosts its next Open Studios on April 26-28, 2013. Open Studios will present work by the 27 artists, collectives and curators currently in residence at ISCP. Open Studios are free and open to the public and provide insight into the production, process and archives of resident artists and curators.
Laura Horelli, our artist-in-residence at ISCP, is participating in the Open Studios and will present her video The Terrace (2011), which approaches her childhood home in Nairobi, Kenya. Horelli’s video installations address subjects related to memory, loss and identity. The narrative is often personal, but includes an analytical and expansive dimension.
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Opening Reception: Friday, April 26, 6-9 pm
Hours: Saturday - Sunday, April 27-28, 1-7 pm
Image: Laura Horelli: The Terrace (2011), still from a video.
Two Islands, a short documentary film by media artist and filmmaker Jan Ijäs, is about two enormous waste dumps in New York City. The film bluntly asks, what does the existence of these huge mountains of economic and social waste and rejected surplus tell us about our civilization and the so-called richest nation in the world?
Two Islands is competing in the Short Documentary Film section of Tribeca Film Festival and is shown as part of the Shorts Program’s Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life screening.
Thu 4/18, 7:00 pm, Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5
Tue 4/23, 5:30 pm, Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4
Fri 4/26, 6:30 pm, Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6
Sun 4/28, 12:00 pm, Tribeca Cinemas Theater 2
Simplicity: Ideals of Practice in Mathematics & the Arts seminar hosts lectures by and conversations among twenty-five leading figures from mathematics, art, art history, philosophy, and architecture together with screenings of films by Andy Goldsworthy, David Hammons, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman. Among the speakers are Finland-based art historians Hanna Johansson, Marja Sakari and Riikka Stewen as well as architect Juhani Pallasmaa.
The Graduate Center, CUNY
New York, NY 10016
Streaming Museum’s exhibition project Nordic Outbreak focuses on Nordic video art. It will be viewed on large projection screens in public spaces, and at partnering arts, cultural and architectural centers in various locations around the city. The exhibition launches in New York City and will travel throughout the Nordic region and internationally.
Nordic Outbreak and is curated by Nina Colosi and Tanya Toft. Finnish artists participating are Hannu Karjalainen, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Eeva-Mari Haikala, Antti Laitinen, Hanne Ivars and Miia Rinne.
Image: Hannu Karjalainen: Towards an Architect (2010), still from a video.