Hive Mind

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“Hive Mind” is a group show that will features works by Anna Estarriola, Pia Siren, Yassine Khaled and Riikka Hyvönen. “Hive Mind” is an exhibition that exists in two separate spaces at the same time, with works by the same artists mirroring each other in Art Hall Gallery and Tallinn City Gallery. The exhibition uses thought provoking artworks to raise questions about consciousness, communication, perception, judgement, emotions and how we experience these things.

In the spring of 2016 curator Stacey Koosel conducted a research trip to the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art where she met with Finnish curators and artists to gather information about prevalent conceptual trends in Finnish contemporary art. A recurring theme was the concept of ‘hive mind’ or ‘manufactured experience’, questioning the artificial or man-made nature of experience and knowledge. When bees or birds swarm they move together as a mass, each individual seems to know which way the group is moving instinctively as one collective mind. In humans we refer to this phenomena as mass consciousness or hive mind. Hive mind is shaped through collective thought and manufactured experiences that can include everything in day-to-day life from the strategic layout of the grocery store to sharing similar opinions with others – at its core, it’s the way you are supposed to see things.

“Hive Mind” brings two large scale installations by the celebrated Helsinki based artist Anna Estarriola and will show one of her best known works “Emerging Thoughts” a giant head complete with knitted hat murmuring with internal dialogue, on loan from Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Pia Siren will construct two new works, one at the Kunstihoone Gallery a 70 sq meter immersive forest installation, and another at Tallinn City Gallery. Yassine Khaled’s works stares down xenophobia and racial discrimination by using technology to create face to face communication in ‘Monitor Man’. Riikka Hyvönen’s internationally renowned series of sculpture meets paintings with psychedelic bruised butts ‘Roller Derby Kisses’ also debuts in Tallinn with five of her works split between the two galleries.

Hive Mind introduces the Estonian audience to new and exciting conceptual trends in Finnish contemporary art, and brings some the finest and most exciting young artists

Anna Estarriola (b.1980) is a Catalan artist who lives and works in Helsinki since 2004.Her practice involves exchanges and interactions between visual and media arts with performing arts and technology. The themes of her work revolve around the perception of reality, individual and communal behavior, communication and ways to approach the unknown. Her works are included in the collections of Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art / Finnish National Gallery, Emma Museum, Saastamoinen Foundation, Pori Art Museum and Amos Rex Art Museum.

Pia Sirén (b.1982) is a Finnish artist working mainly with large-scale temporary installations. She reconstructs natural landscapes using artificial materials, from plastics, tarpaulins and ropes to ladders, scaffolding and bricks, reflecting on temporary and ephemeral components of urban nature. The materials of her landscapes can be demolished and reused over and over again, each time in a different space and context. In 2013 she was awarded the Young Artist’s Prize by Maecenas Kilta. Sirén lives and works in Loviisa, Finland.

Yassine Khaled (b.1988) is a Moroccan visual artist based in Helsinki. His sculptures, installations, performances, paintings, and videos focus on the disparity between the power and wealth of some, and the powerlessness and poverty of others in our globalized world.
Khaled was born, raised, and received his artistic training in Morocco and lives and currently works in Helsinki; this geographic and cultural shift has had an evident impact on his work. His work Monitor Man received an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2018, in Austria.

Riikka Hyvönen (b.1982) is a London based visual artist. Renowned for her mesmerizing series “Roller Derby Kisses” with bruises sculpted and painted as mini galaxies on leathery bottoms. Hyvönen has embraced different subcultures after growing up in Lapland. In addition to a proper dose of wood, leather and glitter, Hyvönen’s unapologetically kitsch and camp art usually demands her quite meticulous persistence with the paintbrush, as well as stable hands with the jigsaw.
Hive Mind

Tallinn Art Hall Gallery and City Gallery
Curator Stacey Koosel
September 1 – October 14

Hive Mind is made possible by the support of Frame Finland, the Finnish Institute, Peri AS, Viking Line, Koda Stay, Warren Safety, Heyday Organics and Euroalused.

In Collaboration with Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Exhibition View Photos: Karel Koplimets, Tallinna Kunstihoone

 

TL;DR Exhibition Documentation, Photos by Sten Saarits

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Artist: Erki Kasemets (1969) Work: A Place for Taking Notes About All Things (1995-2015)
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Artist: Sten Saarits (1987) Work: Bermuda Triangle (2015)
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Artist: Eva Sepping (1978) Work: I am happy that people are so beautiful and good, 8′ video (2015)
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Artist: Jesús María Rodríguez Santos (1981) Work: tongue honey cucumber horseradish, pheromones (2015)
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Artist: Pille-Riin Jaik (1991)
 Work: Weightless, two channel video installation, 2,58` (2015)
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Artist: Sten Saarits (1987), Work: Bermuda Triangle (2015)
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Artists: Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet (1984, 1981) Work: WiFipedia (2015)
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Artist: Andres Lõo (1978), Work: A as in Anonymous, 95x100cm print (2015)
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;paranoia publishing group ltd.(2015)
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Artist: Jesús María Rodríguez Santos (1981) Work: tongue honey cucumber horseradish pheromones (2015)
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Artists: Erki Kasemets (1969) ja Maris Karjatse (1976) Work: Index I-III (2015)
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Artists: Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet (1984, 1981) Work: WiFipedia (2015)
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Artist: Pille-Riin Jaik (1991)
, Weightless, two channel video Installation 2,58` (2015)

TL;DR @ Kunstihoone Gallery

31.07.2015 – 23.08.2015

at Kunstihoone Galerii, Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn

TL;DR logo by Jesús Maria Rodríguez Santos
TL;DR logo by Jesús Maria Rodríguez Santos

TL;DR is Internet-jargon for ‘too long didn’t read’.

It’s a dismissive response to a text that was too long or not interesting enough to read. The acronymic response itself wastes no time. Cultural significance can be derived from the new term (coined in 2003) as an example of the demand for a certain style of communication, a need for instant satisfaction and the current state of attention spans. Media theorists attribute this change in literacy, as a response to information overload. When an environment overwhelms the senses, we revert to aural, spatial and visual styles of information processing as well as pattern recognition. The artwork selected for this international group exhibition of contemporary art explores the themes of information overload and the manipulation of media ecologies.

Artists: 

Andres LõoErki KasemetsEva Sepping

Sten SaaritsJesús Maria Rodríguez SantosKIWAPille-Riin Jaik

Varvara Guljajeva Mar Canet

Exhibition Designer: Neeme Külm of Valge Kuup

Curator: Stacey Koosel

Exhibition Opening Events:

18.00 on the 31.07.2015 

18.00 Speech by HE Spanish Ambassador Fernando García Casas

19.00 Presentation by KIWA of ;paranoia publishing group ltd 

19.30 Sound Performance by Andres Lõo

20.00 Mural completion by Jesús Maria Rodríguez Santos

This exhibition was made possible through support by:

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The Homunculus Collection Documentation, Photos by Sten Saarits

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Sten Saarits, Light Drop (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Sten Saarits, Light Drop (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Laura Kuusk, Gift Ideas (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Laura Kuusk, Gift Ideas (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Sinu Süda / Your Heart (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Sinu Süda / Your Heart (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Carlos Lazarich, Cuerpos (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Carlos Lazarich, Cuerpos (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Sten Saartis, Heureka (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Sten Saartis, Heureka (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Micheal Sell, Residency: Pressley, 2013 (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Micheal Sell, Residency: Pressley, 2013 (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Carla Castiajo, Fertile Field For Fertility (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Carla Castiajo, Fertile Field For Fertility (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Carla Castiajo, Fertile Field For Fertility (2014)
The Homunculus Collection
Camille Laurelli, Riot / Mäss (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Camille Laurelli, Riot / Mäss (2013)
The Homunculus Collection
Camille Laurelli, Riot / Mäss (2013)

The Homunculus Collection

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Fertile Field for Fertility (2014) – Carla Castiajo (1974)

International Group Exhibition Explores Concept of Artificial Human Life

What is a homunculus and why are you collecting them? Homunculus (Latin for little man) is a term used in the Middle Ages for artificially created human life. Alchemists believed they could artificially create human beings under the right conditions. Human seed / semen was believed to contain miniature humans that could be grown in the soil or a laboratory. The myth of the homunculus is present in works from Faust to Frankenstein.

The concept of the homunculus poses questions about the creation of artificial human life, and the dualism that separates the mind from the body and the virtual from the material. Seven artists from America, Estonia, France, Iceland, Portugal and Spain explore the theme of homunculi in this temporary, contemporary art collection.

The exhibition takes place at Hobusepea Gallery in Tallinn’s Old Town. The opening at 18:00 on Wednesday, August 13th will feature artist talks by Icelandic artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir and American artist Michael Sell.

The artists participating in The Homunculus Collection include: Carla Castiajo, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Laura Kuusk, Camille Laurelli,Carlos Lazarich, Sten Saarits and Michael Sell The exhibition is curated by Stacey Koosel a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art and Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Exhibition Info:

13.08 – 01.09 2014 at Hobusepea Gallery

Special Events Info:

13.08.2014 18.00 Artist & Curator Talk

This exhibition was made possible through support by:

The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, KUNO, The Oregon Arts Commission, Embajada De Espana En Estonia, The Estonian Academy of Arts, Vladimir Smirnov & Konstantine Sorokin Foundation, The Embassy of the United States of America

Location: Hobusepea Gallery, Hobusepea 2 Tallinn

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