Metsämorfoosi / Forestmorphosis
XL Art Space, Vuorikatu 22, Helsinki
Open: Tue–Fri 12–20, Sat 12–18.
Opening on Friday 24.1. at 18–21. Welcome!
Jenni Markkanen’s performance “Uusi yritys” at the opening.
Fb event: www.facebook.com/events/1460335157522825/
Metsämorfoosi // Forestmorphosis is a processual exhibition project that lives and changes weekly.
A collectively assembled combination of images, sounds and situations invites everyone into interaction. The artist-audience positions are attitudes which can involve hierarchy, separation and power. Fortunately, attitudes can be challenged and changed through acknowledging them. The creator and the viewer often share the same questions. The relationship between the artist and the viewer is a dialogue – communication that becomes meaningless if either participant does not believe in the process.
This collaborative project explores experimental uses of space and the search for autonomy. Although autonomy in regards to the established social and economic system would not be possible, it is pertinent to search for escape routes and forms of resistance. The mainstream media, education systems and art institutions offer partial and inadequate representations of reality. The forest is one of the themes of the exhibition.
“Many of us love the forest folk as much as the forest folk love themselves. I would say it is somewhat innate for us.” *
The specialty of Finnish people’s relationship to nature is often emphasized. Is our relationship to nature still true, present and respectful? Or have alienation, indifference, self-indulgence and laziness led us to not even know how our relationship to nature and reality at large is? Everyone is responsible for opening their own eyes.
*(Quote from Korppiradio’s radio play “Korppitarina”.)
Featuring: Korppiradio, Vadelma association of visual arts and live music, Random Doctors, …
[Kuva / Still image from Kalle Kuisma’s film “Maailma on metsä”]