Category Archives: events and exhibitions

Revisiting the Pine – Paluu männyn luo – Återbesök hos tallen


 
Revisiting the Pine and other video works
Telegraph Gallery on Harakka Island 24.5. – 5.6.2022, noon to 5 pm
A selection of recent video works with pines is on display as “screening on demand”.
Welcome to the opening on Tuesday 24.5. at 5 pm
 
 
Paluu männyn luo ja muita videoteoksia
Harakan lennätingalleria 24.5. – 5.6.2022, klo 12-17
Nähtävillä on myös valikoima uudempia videoteoksia mäntyjen kanssa “tarvenäytös” periaatteella.
Tervetuloa avajaisiin tiistaina 24.5. klo 17
 
 
Återbesök hos tallen och andra videoarbeten
Telegrafgalleriet på Stora Räntan 24.5. – 5.6.2022, kl 12-17
Dessutom visas ett urval nyare videoarbeten med tallar enligt principen “visning på begäran”.
Välkommen på vernissage tisdagen 24.5. kl 17
 
 
 
Yhteysveneen aikataulu – Ferry schedule – Båttidtabellen
 
 
 
 
 
 

Practicing with Pines – Harjoituksia mäntyjen kanssa – Övningar med tallar


A performance with videos on Tuesday 26 April in Myymälä2 gallery as part of the event Seven of Seven. I hope to install four ”stations” in the small space, and to invite the audience to practice after I have completed a few rounds. See images on my pine blog, here.
 
Performanssi videoiden kanssa tiistaina 26.4. Myymälä2 galleriassa osana Seven of Seven tapahtumaa. Toivon voivani asentaa neljä ”asemaa” pieneen tilaa , ja kutsua yleisön harjoittelemaan sen jälkeen kun olen itse tehnyt muutaman kierroksen. Katso stillkuvat mäntyblogissani, täällä.
 
En performance med videon tisdagen den 26 april i Myymälä2 galleriet som en del av evenemanget Seven of Seven. Jag hoppas kunna installera fyra ”stationer” i det lilla utrymmet, och bjuda in publiken att utföra övningarna efter att jag gjort några varv. Se stillbilderna på min tallblogg, här.
 
 
 

Meetings with Spruces and Birches


The title of the exhibition in Gallery Forum Box in Helsinki (11.2.-6.3.2022) alludes to the project Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees that it is part of. Besides the “balcony” (parvi) the exhibition comprises the small Mediabox where you can show one work, in this case Dear Deceased (6 min 26 sec), see image above, a letter to a dead spruce written in English and added as a voice-over. The work is now in the AV-archive as well, here. The main work in the exhibition is Day with Old Tjikko 1 (17 min 45 sec), performed and recorded in May 2019 with the ancient spruce tree on Fulufjället mountain in Dalarna, Sweden. All the other works, including the one in Mediaboxi, were made in September 2020 during a one month Mustarinda residency in Hyrynsalmi, northeastern Finland.
More information about the exhibition here, and later on in the archive, here. Information about the work in Mediabox here, and later in the archive here. The following images from the exhibition are photographed by Emilia Pennanen:
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Tree Calendar – Puukalenteri – Trädkalendern


The Tree Calendar.
Video works by Annette Arlander in the Telegraph on Harakka Island 19–30 May 2021.
Note the time (due to the timetable of the ferry boat): weekdays 2 pm to 6 pm, sat & sun noon to 6 pm.
 
Welcome to the opening and a “garden party” on Tuesday 18 May at 6 pm.
 
Puukalenteri.
Annette Arlanderin videoteoksia Harakan lennättimessä 19–30.5.2021. Huom. aika (yhteysveneen aikataulujen vuoksi): arkisin klo 14–18, la & su 12-18.
 
Tervetuloa avajaisiin ja ”puutarhajuhliin” tiistaina 18.5. klo 18.
 
Trädkalendern.
Videoarbeten av Annette Arlander i Telegrafen på Stora Räntan 19–30.5. 2021.
Notera tiden (på grund av båttidtabellen): vardagar klo 14–18, lö & sö 12-18.
 
Välkommen på vernissage och ”trädgårdsfest” tisdagen den 18.5. klo 18.
 
See also / katso myös / se även:
The Helsinki Tree Calendar (2018) 17 min 42 sec
https://www.av-arkki.fi/works/the-helsinki-tree-calendar/
 
and / ja / och: https://annettearlander.com/current-projects/the-tree-calendar/
 
The Tree Calendar is based on the following version of the Celtic Lunar Tree Calendar
And the working process was documented online here
 

From the Mainland


Video works in The Telegraph on Harakka Island 15–26 July 2020, noon to 5 pm.
Welcome to the opening on Monday 14 July at 4-6 pm.
 
The following works are included in the exhibition:
 
With Elms in Kaivopuisto 1 & 2 (2018)
In 2017, between 10.1. and 17.12., I visited a group of elms in Kaivopuisto Park in Helsinki altogether 101 times. I video recorded and edited these visits into a two-channel installation (1h 41 min 10 sec.), with one-minute images of each visit, here combined as a split-screen version.
 
With an Alder in Kaivopuisto (2018)
In 2017, between 12.1. and 17.12., I sat on an alder stub in Kaivopuisto park in Helsinki altogether 100 times. I video recorded and edited these sessions into a video (1h 40 min 10 sec) with one-minute images of each session.
 
With the Maple Tree (Corona Diary) (2020)
During the spring 2020, between 29.3. and 31.5., I performed daily for a video camera with a maple tree in the yard of Tehtaankatu 18 in Helsinki, and edited the performances into a diary of sorts (62 min 22 sec).
 
The works are linked to the projects Performing with Plants and Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees
 

Swinging – With a Pine – Hanging


The video triptych Swinging – With a Pine – Hanging (15 min 28 sec) is on display in the exhibition I Experience as I Experiment – I Experiment as I Experience curated by Denise Ziegler at the Exhibition Laboratory of The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki 27.11–11.12.2019. More information about the exhibition here
The work was recorded in Lill-Jansskogen or Little Jan’s Wood in the centre of Stockholm between 16 February 2018 and 3 February 2019, as part of the artistic research project “Att Uppträda med växter – Performing with Plants” in Stockholm University of the Arts. More about the project here.
My text ”Performing with a Pine Tree” is included in the publication edited by Denise Ziegler, I Experience as I Experiment – I Experiment as I Experience. Experience and experimentality in artistic work and research, a kind of alternative exhibition catalogue with texts in English and in Finnish. There I tell more about the work, see the scanned text: performing with a pine tree
 

 
And an image where you see a part of Jan Lütjohann’s work, in pine wood…
 

 
 
 

Body on the Rocks – Video Works


The Telegraph on Harakka Island 10–15 September 2019 12 to 5 pm
Welcome to the opening Monday 9 September at 6 pm
 
Body on the Rocks (remix) 2016, HD 16:9 (16 min. 7 sec)
Performed for camera on tripod at the beach in Falmouth, Cornwall on Sunday morning 24 July 2016.
Body with a Corpse 2016, HD 16:9 (11 min.)
Performed form camera on tripod on a beach south of Khao Lak, on 27.12.2016.
Sitting with a Corpse 2016, HD 16:9 (5 min 40 sec)
Performed form camera on tripod on a beach south of Khao Lak, on 31.12.2016.
 
 

Media box 19th July to 11th August


 
Lichen at Allinge is shown in the Mediabox at Gallery Forum Box in Helsinki until the 11th of August. More information on the website, here.
 
Extracts from a text discussing the making of these works:
 
“While arriving at the north-western coast of Bornholm, an island situated in the southern part of the Baltic Sea, today officially part of Denmark, for a few days during Easter 2016, I noticed already the first evening the yellow lichen on the cliffs at the shore between the villages Sandkås and Allinge, where the path follows the shoreline. In the afternoon, the following day, when the sunlight was softer than at noon I took my camera and tripod and tried to place myself next to the lichen on the rocks. The only rules I decided to follow were to stand with my back to the camera, as I usually do, and to place the horizon at the centre in the image, to facilitate editing. The approaching dusk and the diminishing light surprised me; the camera needs quite a lot of light for video recording, so I decided to continue the following evening. Pressed for time I decided not to enter the images on the second evening, but to make short 50 second close ups of the rocks and let the yellow lichen come to the fore. I wasted time with the open views, however, fascinated by the combination of black, white and yellow rocks, and dusk was approaching again too soon. The last close ups are not really sharp due to lack of light. When I edited the material, I realized there were very few images of the lichen, after all…” (19-20)
 
“As an idea, performing with lichen is in many ways suitable as an example for ‘becoming with’ although I was not aware of the notion at the time of making the work. The main reason is that lichen are themselves products of a sympoiesis of sorts, of a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi. Lichen include some of the toughest life forms on the planet that can survive in the harshest of circumstances.” (22)
 
“Artistic Research as Situated Practice – Performing with Lichen”. In José Quaresma (ed.) Investigação em Artes – A necessidade das ideias artísticas / Research in the Arts – The need for artistic ideas, Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses Lisboa 2018, pp. 15-30.
 

 

Visible and invisible sea


The small exhibition called Näkyvä ja näkymätön meri (Visible and invisible sea) in the former Telegraph and one of the former ammunition cellars celebrates the 30th anniversary of artists (and the Helsinki Centre for Environment) on Harakka Island. It is open until 20 June, only. The outdoor part of my contribution, Windrail II, will remain active for the whole summer. It consist of a simple QR code, on the wall in the Telegraph and on site, attached to the actual rail on the Western shore. The QR code links to a video work recorded by that rail in 2002. I usually prefer to show new works, because I have many that have not been shown anywhere yet. This time I thought this particular video work and especially its voice-over text would be suitable for reminiscing and making the passing of time palpable, too. And it is not available anywhere else.
 

 

 

 

 

 
The QR code leads to a page on this blog, and you can reach it here. The voice over text on the video is in Finnish, the English translation can be read further down on the page.
 
 
 

The Planetary Garden


The title of this years’ Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, which changes host city every time, Manifesta 12 Palermo, is The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence. That is so directly connected to my research topic, performing with plants, that I simply had to go and see it, especially when I noticed that the garden was not only understood on a metaphoric level. One of the main venues, L’Orto Botanico, is the Botanical Garden founded in 1789. And of course the city of Palermo was seducing as well. I visited the place during Christmas 1975 and have very few memories of it, being stranded there, on my way to Tunis. I was very yong, trying to get away from Christmas celebrations and landing in the midst of the very Catholic city. I remember marveling at the amount nativity displays, which I had not seen before, and the huge bundles of Poinsettia branches, the red flowers that we had in pots and called Christmas stars. I spent Christmas Eve alone in a class z pension, burning a candle and eating dried figs, that is about all I can remember. It was about time to make acquaintance with the city, so now I spent three full days there, running around in all the rundown or abandoned palazzi that served as the venues for Manifesta, and really enjoyed the city.
The curatorial concept was divided into three strands: Garden of Flows, which “explores toxicity, plant life and culture of gardening in relation to the global commons”, Out of Control Room, which sees Palermo as “the ideal stage on which to test what space is now left for individual or collective, human or non-human political agencies”, and City on Stage, with Teatro Garibaldi as a place “to come together, start conversations, explore exhibitions and participate in live events open to the public”. Well, I did not have the chance to see any live events, only videos documenting some of them, nor did I make trips to the sites in the suburbs where some collaborations had taken place. There was plenty to see within walking distance. Many works hinted at the theme of garden, by including or referring to plants in some manner. Two works, however, I would like especially to remember.
First of all the disturbing installation by Lungiswa Gqunta “Lituation – The Gardner’s Revenge”, a mixture of litter, glass bottles, petrol, papaya trees and more, a creepy replica of what many urban gardens actually look like. According the program, in the words of the artist, I suppose: “This garden is a contested landscape, one we water with liquid that will ignite the masses because the revolution is lit”.
 

 

 
Another work that was disturbing in a different way, trying to be useful, experimenting with the idea of cultivation in collaboration with scientists and local food establishments, was called “What is Above is What is Below”, by Cooking Sections, a group founded in London 2013 consisting of Alon Schwabe and Daniel Fernández Pascual. I bumped into one part of the work in the form of citrus trees in the small Giardino Dei Gusti covered with yellow gauze, in an experiment to “water without water”. By the ruined Chiesa di S. Maria Dello Spasimo there was a related experiment with citrus trees enclosed by circular brick walls, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional mode of planting a tree in an enclosed yard.
 

 

 

 

 
More about the program and these works can be found at the manifesta 12 website.