Boldness blog

The foundation’s Boldness blog deals, as the name suggests, with being bold: we discuss the meaning of boldness, grant recipients talk about their projects and we also invite others, both friends and strangers, to contribute.


Boldness blog | 25.03.2019

Samir Bhowmik on the Boldness blog: Imaginary Natures

While we remember and honor monuments and places of history as cultural memory, rarely do we place any similar emphasis on natures and infrastructures of local and global energy-matter extraction. The contaminated planetary strata of mediatic inscriptions that so defines our age of technological media are not considered as significant for representation in visual culture. This is despite the fact that environmental change includes the memories and geographies of exploitation and extractive practices. Samir Bhowmik explores these contradictions and challenges in his 3-year artistic research project 'Imaginary Natures: On Extractive Media and the Cultural Memory of Environmental Change'.

Boldness blog | 04.03.2019

Library Infrastructures and Alternative Intelligence

Art and technology projects have a long history, but what happens when you add into the mix libraries and cultural institutions? The Library’s Other Intelligences project, part of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York’s MOBIUS Fellowship Program, turned to investigate the new Oodi Central Library in Helsinki as a site of public art through commissioning new works from young Finnish artists. The project opened in January 2019, just after the grand opening of Oodi, and stays open until March 10.

Boldness blog | 30.10.2018

An evaluator’s journey of exploration

What goes on in the evaluator's mind and what is the evaluator’s experience of the process? Read about the thoughts of one of the experts who assessed the applications in one particular field of art this autumn.

Boldness blog | 13.06.2018

From emergent to emerged: Ark of seeds and the planetary garden

Ark of Seeds (AOS) is a trans-disciplinary project, a series of wild-planted fields, as well as sculptural objects of varying dimension channeling collective management of natural resources in the form of a participatory art practice. Starting this June, the project, initiated by artist Egle Oddo, will be presented at Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Sicily.

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