For the exhibition "More Black", Finnish artist Heini Aho will present an installation work and videos in which the color black plays a significant role.
Heini Aho (born 1979 Turku Finland) will assemble in the Small Projects gallery an installation called Wishful thinking (2011-12). It consists of a window glass and various objects. Viewers are led to view the work from a particular angle, revealing the image reflected from the objects onto the glass. The viewer is surprised by the alternative reality presented by the artwork. The vision, like a glimpse hovering between the immaterial and the real, easily disappears when the viewer moves.
Heini Aho is a graduate of the Turku Art Acadeny and is currently completing her Master in Fine Arts degree at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and art residencies in Finland and abroad.
SARI T.M. KIVINEN
"Herdwerds" is a performance and installation that explores the development of a collective narrative through the means of audience-interaction and observation. Herdwerds presents an artistic (subjective) interpretation of material gained through interactions with a place and its people (in this case with Tromsø) whilst playing with notions of listening, understanding, and/ or mishearing.
Sari T.M. Kivinen is an artist and organiser based in Helsinki, Finland. Sari works with a variety of medias including text, performance, drawing, video and installation. Her works explore social roles, real and imagined histories, migration, and (auto)biography.
She will be performing on Friday, 10 May, from 7-9 p.m.
Both Heini and Sari's exhibition at Small Projects is made possible with the support of FINNO ( Finsk-Norsk Kulturinstitutt, Nordic Culture Point and Kulturråd (Norwegian Arts Council).
REKVIEM FOR EIN GRIS
FERSKESCENER, TROMSØ VÅRSCENEFEST
30. APRIL - 2. MAY 2013
Rekviem for ein gris
Kristin Auestad Danielsens “Rekviem for ein gris”
er en svart fabel for voksne. En hyllest til språket og
forestillingsevnen: Til alt det som gj.r oss til annet enn
svin. Ruth driver dyrehotellet Stallen, et sted hvor folk
som er utslitt av livet sitt kan legge seg inn og bli til sitt
favorittdyr. Til Stallen kommer Kjetil, Randi og Geir,
som vil skapes om til henholdsvis gris, hund og sjiraff.
Kjetil har forlatt sin lille nevø, og også de andre har
dratt fra relasjoner som ble for vanskelige. Ferske
Scener viser Rekviem for ein gris i tre versjoner:
Dyr og mennesker på utstilling.
Small Projects: 30. april kl. 18.00-21.00,
1. mai kl. 12.00-18.00 og 2. mai kl.16.00-20.00 | Gratis
En musikalsk og spontan framføring av teksten.
Small Projects | 2. mai kl. 20.00 | 100,-
Figurer og fortellinger, fjøslukt og faenskap.
Kurant | 2. mai kl. 22.00 | 150,-
Låvedisco for alle som vil ta seg en fest.
Kurant | 2. mai kl. 23.00 | Gratis
Samlet pris for Hørespillet og Skuespillet: 200,-
Fem manusforfattere tester ut ideene sine under Vårscenefest,
hver med sitt eget team av scenekunstnere. Fiksjon og fakta
blandes i visshet om at virkeligheten noen ganger trenger fantasiens
hjelp for å la seg forstå. Scenetekstivalen er det første resultatet
av et langsiktig samarbeid mellom Stiftelsen Ferske Scener og
Dramatikkens Hus. Det blir en kort samtale med forfatterne etter
ALLE VISININGER: Small Projects, pris 70,-/50,-
3.mai kl 16.30 Morten 11 år
av Torill Solvang med Rimfrost Teaterensemble
3.mai kl 17.30 Den politiske treenighet
av Eivind Haugland
4.mai kl 17.00 Kven er finsk
av Kristina Junttila og Ferske Scener
4.mai kl 18.30 Lisa Lotta Larsen
av Rebekka Brox Liabø
BLACK VS. RED
& so they say
5. APRIL 2013 AT 8PM
MARITA ISOBEL SOLBERG
born 16th of april 1977, Tromsø
Artist & musician working & living in Tromsø, Norway
Solbergs´s newest project is based on folk beliefs, superstistion and astrology. Challenging, researching and exploring facts of proposed or alleged "truth" and fate.
In Small Projects Gallery she will test out the project and let us explore different artistic expressions of her work.
Marita is working on a greater project with her alter ego MARA as the starting point.
Mara & The Inner Strangeness is a musical and performative group, while Strange Mara is an experimental sound, movie and art project.
Timo Soppela, the director of the Artist's Association MUU. Finland will be in Tromsø. Timo will present the latest version of the Performance Voyage series at Small Projects, as well as the Performance Portfolio 2013.
PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 3 presents video performances by 12 artists and collectives. The compilation was selected from among works submitted in response to an open international call for artists. The themes of body and sound offered a variety of possibilities for the artists, and in the works, sound is variously produced by a landscape or extends from sound created by speech and action to composed music. The members of the jury were artist Helinä Hukkataival, director Timo Soppela (Artists’ Association MUU) and exhibition coordinator Marketta Tuomainen (Artists’ Association of Finland).
PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 3 - ARTISTS AND WORKS
1. Annette Arlander: Day and Night of the Dog, 2007 (Finland) 2. Filippo Berta: Concerto of soloists, 2012 (Italy)
3. Trine Hylander Friis: Voice Works # 1-2, 2010 (Norway)
4. Essi Kausalainen: Last Little Donkey, 2013 (Finland)
5. Mikey McParlane & Michael Mallis: Love Puddles, 2011 (USA)
6. Maria Nikiforaki: In the gardens, 2011 (Greece)
7. Anna Nykyri: Uurteet (luonnos) / Trails (an outline), 2012 (Finland)
8. Andreas Pashias: For Starters, 2012 (Cyprus)
9. Dana Sederowsky: Hasselblad Announcements, 2010 (Sweden)
10. Surya Tüchler: SpieluhrMund, 2012 (Germany)
11. Tracy Valcarcel: Will To, 2012 (Canada)
12. Eero Yli-Vakkuri: Art Must Be Original, Artist Must Be Original, 2011 (Finland)
Total duration: 38 min
The PERFORMANCE PORTFOLIO 2013 is a series of five portfolios presenting performance documentations. In addition to showcasing each artist’s work, the bilingual (Finnish, English) DVDs also contain video interviews with the artists. Image and text files are provided in the DVD-ROM folder on the disks.
THIS EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF FINNO - FINSK-NORSK KULTURINSTITUTT AND NORSK KULTURRÅD.
Greener On The Other Side
International Video Art
Screening number 1
by Clemens Wilhelm
8. FEBRUARY 2013 AT 8PM
"DIE OUT LIKE DINOSAURS"
presented by Clemens Wilhelm
"We comprehend that nuclear power is a real danger for mankind, that over-crowding of the planet is the greatest danger of all. We have understood that the destruction of the environment is another enormous danger. But I truly believe that the lack of adequate imagery is a danger of the same magnitude. It is as serious a defect as being without memory. What have we done to our images? What have we done to our embarrassed landscapes? I have said this before and will repeat it again as long as I am able to talk: if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs."
Are we really ruled by images? Is there an image crisis? Does the worldwide war continue because we don't have adequate images? Do we think and communicate in images instead of words? Why do we allow ourselves to be ruled by advertisement, the number one driving force of capitalism, even though we know its intentions? Have the corporations colonized our brains? Are we taught to read images in school? Why is death invisible in Western society? Are we bothered by war in a far away country? Are we curious? Do we care?
1 Francisco Montoya Cázarez FELMO 7'
2 Constantin Hartenstein FIT 5'
3 Rebecca Loyche ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR 9'
4 Julia Charlotte Richter YOU HEAR SOMETHING 7'
5 Olivia Verev WESTERN SOCIETY 5'
6 Clemens Wilhelm THE TOURIST 5'
7 Klaus Taschler COLARE 5'
8 David Sherry LOOKING THROUGH TOM CRUISE'S EYES 4'
9 Marko Schiefelbein I CAN. YOU CAN. 8'
10 Elizabeth Wurst LIQUID CRYSTALS 3'
11 Nicolás Rupcich ML 2'
12 Charlotte Young ARTIST'S STATEMENT 2' TOTAL 62'
To Perform Is To Achieve
by Hans Christian van Nijkerk
26. JANUARY 2013 AT 8PM
As a former middle distance runner (active 1996-2005) , Hans Christian was used to competing in the national – and once also European – finals. Hans Christian was interested in exploring how his life experience as an athlete has shaped him as a performance and an artist. Put it this way: It's no coincidence that he ended up in the Norwegian national poetry slam competition finals in 2011.
Do you always need to prove your skills to an audience? Are you fully dependent upon their approval? (In poetry slam, sadly - yes) To improve artistically, you must get comfortable with failing – which opens up for exploring new ways of expression.
And excelling at failing – that's what Hans Christian is trying to do in his current performance projects and most recently his «Winners of Loss» video series, shot at his former track and field stadium near Bergen.
Through performing various actual and invented warm-up exercises, he plays around with the strict and absurd training regimen so central to the training program of a top athlete.
He is not doing it for applause. He is doing it to try to express – using his body – what the cultish social rituals of a sportsclub and years of training discipline can do to you.
This performance can be seen live by using the web address below. Streaming starts at 20:45, 26. January 2013.
by Laurent Fauconnier, Silje K. Frantzen and Adam Nordin
26. JANUARY 2013 AT 8PM
A man is walking along the river. Walking on the bank of a river is like taking its course in reverse. If one turns toward him, one discovers only its profile.
A bridge crosses the river. The man walk through the bridge and stops in the middle. He looks at the river course, in front of it. In this face-to-face, he sees dense and massive water flowing, constantly changing.
Surrealists created this practice called “RÊVE ÉVEILLÉ” in order to shape images coming directly from the unconscious. The tangible reality gets filled with symbols, archetypal images.
The performance explores places on the border between wake and sleep, between unconscious and conscious: the high becomes the low, illusion becomes reality.
Performance can be seen live by copying and posting the website below. Streaming begins at 20:20h, 26. january 2013.
14. DECEMBER to 5. JANUARY 2013 OPENING 14. DEC. 8PM
On behalf of the network Due Diligence Development Circuit, Small Projects is pleased to announce Rory Middleton´s exhibition, Inverted Space. Middleton has developed a site-specific installation at Small Projects, in which a new sound score has been produced in collaboration with the Stockholm-based sound producer Martin Ehrencrona and Mount Analogue.
An integral narrative running throughout the exhibition is an excerpt from an interview, which the Canadian architect Arthur Erikson (1924-2009) gave in 1973. Erikson´s reflections on the use of sky, scale and notions of nature in relation to certain recurring concerns of Modernist architecture have been abstracted and interspersed with percussion instruments and composed in relation to Middleton´s projected video works, depicting subtly shifting and morphing landscapes and wildlife. Middleton has devised a water feature and installed sculptural works, which reflect and reverberate the projected sounds and images interplaying throughout the exhibition.
Rory Middleton (1977) lives and works in Portobello, Scotland. He studied at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and Falmouth College of Arts and received his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Recent exhibitions include The View, a solo Exhibition shown both at Cove Park, Scotland 2012, and at The Banff Centre in Canada 2010, the piece combined film, live musical performance and sculpture. Steady Water – Fogo Island, 2012, an architectural form made of timber frames with thin walls of ice to create a projection surface for the unique colours of a filmed sunset in Fogo Island, projected out of focus. Film works include Lessonlands, 2008 and Searching for Hjetna, 2010 in which the landscape forms a central character.
Due Diligence Development Circuit (DDDC) formed in 2012 as a network of learning-oriented culture producers in the Nordic and Baltic region. The partners (Weld/Mount Analogue - Sweden, Ptarmigan - both in Finland and Estonia and Small Projects - Norway) are all joined by philosophical affinities and a strong desire to create participatory programming geared towards creative skills development. All of the partners are non-profit, artist-run platforms, and view the operation of their events as an artistic project in itself.
The exhibition has been supported by Kulturkontakt Nord, Creative Scotland and The Norwegian Arts Council.
22. NOVEMBER to 1 DECEMBER 2012, OPENING 22. NOV., 6PM
Fall Back Spring Forward
Three projects about identity, indigeneity and the foreign, today and yesterday; about transformations in previous patterns and movements as they reach the present.
Simoni Laakso from Enontekiö travelled in 1928 with his family and some of his reindeer to Hamburg Zoo. There they lived for six months, entertaining their German audience with what seemed – to this audience – an exotic and foreign lifestyle.
In 2012, the artist Markku Laakso, great grandchild to Simoni, revisits Hamburg Zoo. He travels together with his artist partner Annika Dahlsten and they pursue a performance on this same place where Marrku’s great grandparents were exhibited.
This is one of three projects that make up the exhibition Fall Back Spring Forward. In different ways, these projects look for the past in the present, how structures and orders are replayed in or organize present-day or future actualities. They investigate the ways in which former conceptions or stereotypes speak to us today. They, even, note that noone may stand outside modernity or is untouched by history.
In Annika Dahlsten/Markku Laakso’s A Campfire in Zoo, history is revised and represented through a series of videos and photographs, examining the exotic, the authentic, the exposed and the foreign. Julie Edel Hardenberg’s Sapiitsut (Heroes) narrates the never realised post-colonial nation of Greenland in a series of film posters. These images of imagined or invented films do not only tell about about identity loss, but most of all create new hereos, soliciting her actors from Greenlanders of today.
Kristin Tårnesvik targets the language process, how vocabulary and words contribute to the construction of identitites and in legitimating stereotypical viewpoints. Tårnesvik uses books, postcards and other documents from the first half of the 20th century. In these works she has specifically sourced the book The Culture of the Sami, published by Tromsö Museum in 1958.
The exhibition is inaugurated by Jan-Erik Lundström (direktør) 22. november kl. 18.00 at Small Projects, Grønnegata 23, Tromsø
The artist Kristin Tårnesvik will be present.
For more information contact:
Jan-Erik Lundström, 46840958; Maaike Halbertsma, 90244062
there is no danger to us here on earth
9-17 NOVEMBER 2012, OPENING 9. NOV., 8PM
Science fiction, the outer space, technology, catastrophe, perspective and probabilities are some of the themes explored by the exhibitions "There Is No Danger Here" and "Small Projects" by Thale Fastvold and Javier Barrios. Both artists, although working separately, share a common interest in the worlds beyond our own.
Thale Fastvold works with photography, text and installations. She has a BA in photography from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, and Cand. mag degree in Art History and Literature from the University of Oslo, and studied as a curator at the Telemark University. Her works has been shown at the Tygve Lie Gallery (NYC), Kunstnernes Hus, Tegnerforbundet and Galleri 69 (Oslo), Blunk (Trondheim) and Palazzo Ruspoli (Rome), to name a few.
Javier Barrios works with painting, photography, drawing and installation. He has a BA in Fine Arts from the Art Academy, Oslo and studied at the School of Visual Arts, NY. He has shown in Akershus Kunstsenter, Rod Bianco Gallery, A Gallery Copenhagen, Galerie Muelhaupt Cologne, as well as galleries in London, Berlin and Oslo.
urban art retreat
3.-5. NOVEMBER 2012, KL.12-17
The exhibition ESTEMER investigates our unconscious collective memories connected to evacuation, survival, disconnection and dislocation. As a contrast is the North Norwegian slang word Estemer used as a signifier for the opposite and can be translated into acknowledgement, acceptance or to take care of someone.
Sound by Ørjan Amundsen.
the soliloquist and the
4.-13. OCTOBER 2012, OPENING 4. OCTOBER, 8PM
Kristine Halmrast (b.1982, Gjøvik) works with video and installations. In 2011 she completed a Master degree in Fine Arts, at the National Academy of the Arts, Bergen, Norway. Her video pieces are shown, amongst others, at Bergen Kunsthall, Høstutstillingen, Kino Kino, Atopia and Oslo Screen Festival.
The video pieces explores voice and identity often placed in an absurd and unexpected conversation in an unsolvable power game between several personalities. The exhibition: «The Soliloquist and The Liarbird» shows looped conversations. For every round a small change, in the voice, in the movement. Are we looking at the same, again and again or is it continuing? A soliloquist is a character who speaks only to him / herself. A lyrebird is a bird who does n´t have its own sound, but always copies the sound of others, no matter if they are a different kind of bird, a chainsaw or a lion. The Lyrebirds adapt to their surroundings for personal gain, The Solioquists isolate themselves in their own reality.
Opening: Thursday the 4th of October at 20:00 o´clock
29. SEPTEMBER 2012, 8-11 PM
line solberg dolmen
a frame and a cover
Line Solberg Dolmen (b. 1982, Trondheim), graduated with a BA from the Art Academy in Tromsø. She has worked as a Dressmaker, working primarily with photography, textile and installation. Dolmen is one of the initiators of the festival Home Alone and the artist-run spac, Kurant, and has also exhibited at Tromsø Kunstforening, UKS, Blunk and Random Gallery.
A frame and a cover is an exhibition designed specifically for Small Projects Gallery in Tromsø. It portrays ideas of a nomadic way of life, based on temporary solutions and loose joints. Architectural rooms can be created in the structures that surround us, whether these are man-made or formed by nature itself, forming framework that guides the growth conditions, development and existence.
The exhibition is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council and Intro Talent.
bente aanestad tungland
Small Projects is sending Bente Aanestad Tungland to Berlin to represent the gallery in the seminar on Sustainability at the ufafabrik Berlin.
About the seminar
Within the framework of the Engine Room Europe project of the European network
Trans Europe Halles, the German partner ufaFabrik Berlin, organises a week of
seminar around the theme “Culture and sustainability”, and more specifically on the
“Creative strategies of sustainability for artistic and cultural centres in Europe”. This seminar for cultural operators proposes a common reflection and a time of
intense experiences sharing around the potential “creative strategies of sustainability”
that the participants can initiate for their own professional backgrounds. It is a unique
opportunity for a relevant work, discussion and discovery of some practical examples
of existing practices. It will be composed by six full-days of activities including:
workshops, lectures, exploring sustainable places and projects in Berlin, initiation
about straw bale building, artistic expression, social interaction and more.
About the ufaFabrik Berlin The International Culture Centre ufaFabrik is a green cultural oasis in the middle of Berlin - a space for creation, culture and innovative ideas. The 18.600 square meters former UFA-film factory grounds are open all year round, offering artistic productions,community activities and ecological projects. The ufaFabrik’s unique programme attracts about 150.000 visitors per year.
workshop & talk at small projects
4. SEPTEMBER 2012, WORKSHOP 12-17; TALK 7PM
Brian Lobel is a New York-born, London-based performer who creates playful and provocative installations and stage shows about the body, illness, community and interactivity. His original work has been shown at the V&A Museum, British Film Institute, Tate Modern, Duckie, Sadler’s Wells, Brixton Market and Barbican (London), Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Festival, and in over 80 cities internationally. He has received commissions and grants from Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Motiroti, Jerwood Charitable Fou
ndation and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. A book of his plays (BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer) was published in 2012 by Oberon Books, as was a DVD of his collected work, published by the Live Art Development Agency, London.
Lobel will have a workshop at the Small Projects involving the students of the Art Academy, but also open to others who are interested in participating. He will al
so hold a talk/performance, and present works such as "Carpe Minuta Prima", wherein he asks passersby to sell him a minute of their time for £1. If they agree to the Mephistophelian pact, they are brought into an unadorned closet filmed doing anything they wish for 1 minute and asked to sign over ownership of that minute to Brian: “This certifies that Brian Lobel, with my consent, and for the price of £1, has become the exclusive owner of the minute of my life contained within.”
Later, all the collected DVDs are unveiled to the public, each a unique art object containing the participants 1-minute video, their photograph with their earnings on the front, and their contract on the back. Each DVD is then available to buy for the price of £1 and the hard drive containing all archival information is destroyed, ensuring each DVD is a one-off minute of someone’s life.
Lobel’s visit is connected to the Due Diligence Development Circuit (DDDC), which Small Projects is a part of.
For more info on Brian Lobel, please visit:
Small Projects is invited to participate in the Fredrikstad Independent Art Fair 2012, which is the official opening of the HYDROGENFABRIKKEN KUNSTHALL. 30 Independent Nordic art initiatives are represented in this inaugural event.
Small Projects will be represented by Ane Sagatun, Ellen Jerstad, Eric Zamuco, Lars Korff Lofthus and Lena Langvand Samuelsen.
What A Mess! is a new artist-run art fair and is organized by the Østfold kunstnersenter ( ØKS ).
Please visit http://hydrogenfabrikken.no/ for more information.
ellen jerstad &
OPENING 29. JUNE 2012, 8PM
29.JUNE - 8. JULY
“Just recently I thought I recognised myself in the story of a decapitated women. I recognise my fears of death in its lines: my body is fleeting as that snowman who begins by loosing his head before dissolving into a puddle of water”
Julia Kristeva, The Severed Head
This exhibition is a meeting between storytelling on the tongue and art on the wall. The theme that joins the works together is the relationship between our body and mind. They explore physical separation and the concept of a divided body and mind.
“ To represent the invisible (the anguish of death as well as the jouissance of thoughts triumph over it) wasn’t it necessary to begin by representing the loss of the visible(the loss of the bodily frame the vigilant head, the ensconced genitals)”
Julia Kristeva, The Severed Head
Ellen Jerstad(1989) and Lilly Williams(1989) met as rebellious thirteen year olds in the woods of southern England. Their families had known each other for generations. Ellen’s Grandmother would ring Lilly’s up, and without so much as a hello she would state things bluntly like “Isn't it time we send those dreadful granddaughters camping in the woods together?”. Something similar happened in the generation before when their mothers fled the matriarchal mafia of the family as teenagers and started a traveling theatre company that took a show around England.
Despite all this, they grew up in different surroundings and countries. Lilly in the backstreets of London, started pursuing art. Ellen in a valley in Oslo, was fed fairytales from an early age by her paternal grandmother. Their friendship developed as an escape over the phone and gradually they became traveling companions. Since returning from their last trip in 2009, the two have pursued studies in different artistic practices. Lilly took a foundation course at Camberwell College of Art in London, and is now in her 3rd year of study for a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Newcastle University. She is participating in the erasmus exchange program which led her to the Art Academy in Tromsø, where she has been studying for the last 6 months. Ellen has worked with oral tradition and storytelling through the Culture department of Norway and spent her time studying Fine Arts and performance at Strykejernet kunstskole. She also studies choreography and dance at the Contemporary Dance school, and storytelling at the University of Oslo.
with a performance by
stuart robinson and solveig jacobsen
16. - 30. JUNE
OPENING 16. JUNE 2012, 8PM
Born and raised in Zambia, Victor Mutelekesha took his BA and MA in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo from 2001 to 2007.He also received formal education in Zambia prior to his move to Oslo where is currently based. This cultural hybridity is a source of inspiration and informs his artistic practice. The human condition, the environment, injustices, displacement, are some of the subjects that fuels his work, and he deals with these complex issues by using symbols, emblems and familiar images.
Victor Mutelekesha works with sculptures, installation, photography and video. He recently participated in the DAK'ART - The Dakar Biennale of Contemporary Art (2012 & 2006), The 10th Havana Biennial, Focus10, Basel, and the 4th International Video-Art Festival, Cuba.
25.MAY TO 9. JUNE
OPENING 25. MAY 2012, 8PM
Small Projects has selected Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko to represent the gallery in the Art Residency program organized together with the Troms Fylkeskommune (Troms County) Kulturkontakt Nord and also in collaboration with the Finnish-Norwegian Culture Institute (FINNO). The residency is taking place in the month of May 2012.
Sasha and Petri will exhibit individual and collaborative projects in the two gallery spaces of Small Projects. They will also do research on new projects while in Tromsø.
Transatlantic Interventions by Sasha Huber
Rentyhorn & Louis Who? What you should know about Louis Agassiz
The dignity of life and the vast possibilities to contribute to social change are central themes in the works of Sasha Huber. The works “Rentyhorn” and “Louis Who? What you should know about Louis Agassiz” span across land and waters, formulating a critique against a 19th century Swiss scientist, Louis Agassiz, a man that up until today is commemorated for his scientific merits, but whose dark heritage of racist thinking still influences western thought.
Sasha Huber does not hesitate to join activists in a campaign to rename a mountain named Agassizhorn, or to invite a historian into her artistic research around Agassiz' questionable racial research in the rainforests of Brazil. Their common work is documented in official letters written in order to correct historical faultiness, and in books and on campaign websites. But Huber never fails to deliver a strong visual artistic production, making her one of the most interesting artists within the Finnish scene of contemporary art and photography. Her practice plays with our common visual imagery, using historical visual references in her interventions such as riding a horse when coming to deliver a speech about Agassiz on Praça Agassiz in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, or by wearing an Inuit-looking faux fur when finally placing the plaque with the representation of Renty, a slave once photographed by Agassiz for his racist research, and now a modern day hero in contemporary culture.
Text by Joanna Sandell Curator and writer, director of Botkyrka konsthall, Sweden.
Hybrids: Remedies & Shaving the World
Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko’s archive project ‘Remedies’ was commissioned by Botkyrka Konsthall on the occasion of Fittja Open 2011.
Cultures are filled with methods of self-help and medical healing. When it comes to health, we rarely use our common sense and environmental awareness to make second guesses. Regardless of whether the methods actually work or not, they contain strands of cultural knowledge that celebrate a heritage. Perhaps people’s attitudes to healing are inscribed into beliefs and the enactment of narrative remedies:
“While in Fittja in Sweden during the winter 2010, we looked around the community. We saw children, families, groups of men and women approached them and asked about their remedies. The book presents those remedies, while the videos enact some of them.”
Petri Saarikko’s ‘Shaving the World’ is a travel story on growing beard, cutting it off – and leaving it behind you. This time here in Tromsø.
About the artists
SASHA HUBER was born in 1975 in Uster/ZH, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in Helsinki. Being of European and Haitian heritage, she allies herself with the Caribbean Diaspora. Huber describes the starting point for her work as an examination of her roots and of how this affects the process of constructing her personal and artistic identity. The journey began with Huber being disturbed by the historical injustice of colonialism. As her work progressed, however, this attitude was gradually transformed into a quest for understanding and a more interactive dialogue between modes of intervention. Huber has been showing her work collaboratively and in solo exhibitions in Finland and abroad since 2003. She edited Rentyhorn in 2010, and was co-editor of (T)races of Louis Agassiz: Photography, Body and Science, Yesterday and Today on the occasion of the 29th São Paulo Biennial in 2010. More information: www.sashahuber.com
PETRI SAARIKKO (b. 1973) is an artist and a designer based in Helsinki, Finland. Saarikko combines societal commentary with his design profession and new media background, which results to location-based installations. His work has a strong performative nature. Saarikko does not shy away from provocation and often challenges issues such as national identity, artistic authorship or official political discourse with a change of context, therefore showing the true artificial nature of these phenomena. His work strives for opening up power relations, making room for individual narratives and takes stands for equality. Saarikko is the founder of the art space Kallio Kunsthalle, the pocket of art in the heart Helsinki. More information: www.kunsthalle.fi
lena langvand samuelsen
18. - 20. MAY 2012
room with a view
4. - 13. MAY 2012
PHOTO FROM THE SERIES "MY WEATHER DIARY, 2009
OPENING FRIDAY, 4. MAY 2012, 8PM
JARI SILOMÄKI, is a Finnish artist based in Helsinki and a graduate of the University of Art and Design (TAIK) Department of Photography, Helsinki. He will come to Tromsø and exhibit his new installation work called ROOM WITH A VIEW.
Room With a View is an installation consisting of text, photographs and video. It places the individual to the historical events of his/her era.
The centrepiece is the textual work One moment, Two pictures, in which Silomäki has collected moments and thoughts of unknown individuals from historically significant events. Such events include e.g. Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), the invasion of Normandy, Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of president John F. Kennedy and dissolution of the Soviet Union.
In the photographs these moments are present as pictures inside pictures. They are a part of a portrait Silomäki has taken of three individuals from different generations. Third part of the exhibition is the video work, starring an elderly person. They are slouched, as if being flogged. On their back we can see reflections from the history of the last century and its icons.
This exhibition is made possible with the support of the Finnish-Norwegian Culture Institute (FINNO).
Low Lives 4
Live Stream and Live
Performances by Nuria Guiu Sagarra
Small Projects will be projecting the live stream of performances happening around the world on day 2 of the Low Lives 4 Networked Performance Festival on 28. April from 9pm to 12am. We will also present the 5-minute performance of Nuria Guiu Sagarra- which she developed especially for Small Projects after she fractured her foot while performing 3 weeks ago,- live in the space and online beginning at apporoximately 9:40 pm.
The 2-day event can be followed on the internet live by clicking the link provided on the top right of this website.
This event is made possible with the collaboration and support of RADART and the Vårscenefest (Spring Stage Festival).
Nuria Guiu Sagarra
for Low Lives 4 and
Small Projects have chosen Nuria Guiu Sagarra to represent the gallery in the upcoming Low Lives 4 Networked Performance Festival, which is also the contribution of Small Projects to the Vårscenefest 2012 in Tromsø.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Nuria began her career as a dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company and continued with the Carte Blanche Dance Company. She has also worked freelance and has done several solo projects, such as Fast Food - Fast Love, La Gotera, Have a Nice Trip, Wonderland Falling Tomorrow, and others.
Usually using a particular character and story as a starting point and beauty and innocence as a framework, Nuria takes a fairy tale atmosphere and blurs it with distorted dark layers to break its purity. For the Small Projects event, she will perform Sing Me In.
This project is made possible in cooperation with Råd Stua theater house, Tromsø.
«Vårscenefest» – Spring Stage Fest – is a performing arts festival initiative by RadArt and the Rådstua Theatre House.
We invite you for the second time to the performing arts festival Vårscenefest in Tromsø. The theme for this year's festival is the role of the audience.
The unique and vivid encounter between the stage and the audience is very much the hallmark of the performing arts. Many of the artists in this year's Vårscenefest are concerned with intensifying this encounter. By performing in unusual spaces and by enabling interaction, discussion and communion that stimulates the imagination.
Vårscenefest 2012 provides the audience a unique opportunity to experience the winner of last year's Hedda Award winner for best performance: The Eternal Smile (Det eviga leendet) by Verk Productions, to see a refreshing Finnish and controversial performance about humanism with nude dancers, enjoy a recitation by the enormously talented jazz soloist Mari Kvien Brunvoll, become enthralled by documentary theatre about growing up in a treatment institution by the award-winning Fabula Rasa, discover Tromsø's hidden gem Alfheimteatret, party with The Strange Mara and The Three Thoughts, join the artists for brunch on Labour Day (1st of May) or have a taste of some of the other snacks the festival has in store for you. (radart.no)
Small Projects is collaborating with RADART and Kurant for this festival. For the full program, please click here.
Aslaug Magdalena Juliussen
Arnold Johansen / Charo Calvo
Performance by Mara & Mr. Oyster Catcher
Aslaug Magdalena Juliussen - I utstillingen vises en gulvbasert installasjon med tittelen HornSpinne (2006–12). Arbeidet, som kan forstås som en tydelig bærer av arktiske referanser, består av pelsdekte (kastrerte) oksereinsdyrhorn festet til en sphereform kledt med ulike tekstile fibre.
Med eksperimentelle materialsammenstillinger er intensjonen å frembringe visuelle forestillinger der livet i nord ses med nye øyne. Jakten på materialer og kombinasjonen av organiske materialer og eget håndverk, danner grunnlaget for undersøkelser av kulturelle kodekser og kulturlandskapets historie. Juliussen bor og arbeider i Tromsø.
Arnold Johansen / Charo Calvo - Billedkunstneren Johansen og lydkunstneren Calvo viser et videoarbeid som er sammensatt av Johansens bilder og video, og Calvos lydkomposisjon. Video 6:30 minutters loop. Verket er opprinnelig en del av forestillingen Nordområdebevegelsen (2011) www.haugenproduksjoner.no Et dokudrama i et bevegelig rom av og med dansekunstneren Liv Hanne Haugen, som bor og arbeider i Tromsø.
Johansen bor og arbeider i Hammerfest.
Calvo er fra Spania, men bor og arbeider i Brussels
LOW LIVES 4
DEADLINE 26.MARCH, 11 PM
LOW LIVES 4
Networked Performance Festival
Event Dates: 27, 28 April 2012
Open call for proposals
Deadline:26 March 2012
Now entering its fourth year, Low Lives is an exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues. The project celebrates the transmission of ideas beyond geographical and cultural borders. It does this by facilitating intergenerational and multicultural dialogue through visual languages, new technologies, and contemporary expressions. Low Lives offers local and global audiences a critical and contextual frame from which to consider live performance in both the physical and virtual space.
Low Lives asks, what does it mean to be human at a time when the separation between humans and machines is increasingly diminishing? The artists included in Low Lives work in a wide variety of media including video, performance, installation, conceptual art, sound art and web art. The themes they tackle are widely varied and involve classical human concerns of time, space, mind, body, spirit, sexuality, identity, race, gender, intimacy, private vs. public space, cultural systems, communication, and the space between art and life.
• Artists broadcast their performances through live video streaming networks such as Ustream.tv.
• Performances are presented one after the other. All of the performances are fed through one channel.
• Online chat allows artists and online audiences to interact by commenting on, celebrating and critiquing the work as it occurs around the world.
• Presenting Partners project the live performances in their venues in front of a live audience.
Small Projects will present 1 artist who will do a 5-minute performance in its gallery space in Tromsø , which will then be b broadcasted live on the net as part of the networked festival. We therefore encourage performance artists in various disciplines, especially those already based in Tromsø to send a proposal including a short description of the performance, yourself, CV, images if possible. Send the proposal before 11:00 pm on March 26 to this address: