The Artist Collective Kunst’s scenario starts from the premise that there is a future.
The exhibition deals with a time after the present moment, where pataphysical means are used to find approaches to humanity’s problems. Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions.
The exhibition includes two collaborative works by the Artist Collective Kunst: In the video installation, the forest returns to the urban environment and turns its gaze towards humans. It asks, would the spruces fit here? The work is a posthumanist statement. Five human-like figures dressed in forest costumes gather as a group of trees in urban space, where there is an acute forest deficit.
In an incubator brought into the exhibition space, biomass grows. With the depletion of the soil, new solutions for food production must be sought. The work is a test laboratory where the survival and reproduction of multicellular species are tested in controlled growth conditions.
The exhibition also features individual works by the five artists of the collective.
In cooperation with Helsieni.
The exhibition was supported by Svenska Kulturfonden, Konstsamfundet, and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
Artist Collective Kunst: Would a spruce hedge fit here?, 2023. Installation, 2-channel video projection, Ghillie suits, duration 00:04:00.
The forest makes a comeback into the urban environment and gazes at humanity. It asks, would a spruce hedge fit here? The artwork is a posthumanist statement. In the era of consumerism, the special relationship between the forest and humans have disappeared. As part of the initiative of the National Concern Committee, Finnish nature narratives are being reinforced by recruiting forest people. Five individuals dressed in forest suits gather as a grove in urban space, where there is an acute forest deficit.
Artist Collective Kunst: Pataphysical Garden, 2023. Materials: Installation, Incubator, Oyster mushroom
Inside the incubator brought into the exhibition space, biomass is growing. With the depletion of the soil, new solutions for food production must be sought. The artwork serves as a test laboratory where the survival and reproduction of multicellular species are tested under controlled growing conditions.
Artist Collective Kunst: Suih Suih Viuh, 2023. Performative Sculpture.
Due to the initiative of the National Concern Committee, forest people are recruited to fortify the Finnish narrative of nature. Five individuals dressed in forest costumes go to the forest to learn believable tree humming.
Pia Paldanius: ever is destroyed, 2023.
Sirpa Päivinen: Signal to noise ratio, 2023. Video #1 & #2.
Christina Holmlund: Landfill, 2023.
Anu Suhonen: Exits, 2023.
Julia Weckman: It’s Been Awesome, 2021.
Pia Paldanius: No man’s landscape, 2023.