Residency guests 2013

Nada Gambier

Nada Gambier

Performancemaker-performer
Artistic work

During my stay at the Saari Residence I will be exploring ways in which to incorporate food and objects in to my physical and performative work. The research serves as a first experimental stage in view of creating a new stage production in 2014. Alongside this I will also be working on a concept for a public presentation of the research for the New Performance Turku Festival in June 2013.

During my residency in Saari I will conduct two open research labs (2.–3.2 in KUTOMO Turku and 9.–10.2 at the Saaren Kartano) so as to be able to do some experiments with a small number of people. For information on the labs please see http://www.ehka.net/open-artistic-research-laboratory/?lastpage=kutomo

Nada Gambier is a Finnish born performance maker living in Brussels. In 2000 she graduated from The Place in London before joining the research cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels from where she graduated in 2002. Since then she has been making her own creations that each carry her peculiar signature even as they differ in format (theatre, dance, video…). As an artist she is seeking ways in which to blur the borders between reality and fiction, performativity and spontaneity often highlighting the absurdity in our quotidian. Over the years she has also collaborated with various artists (Kate McIntosh, Edit Kaldor, Charlotte Vanden Eynde, Cristian Duarte…) as a performer and artistic advisor in productions both in Belgium and abroad. She is one of the founding members of Action Scénique vzw alongside choreographers Etienne Guilloteau and Claire Croizé.

Nada Gambier worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Tuomo Kangasmaa

Tuomo Kangasmaa

Visual artist
Artistic work

At the residence, I will be focusing on writing the script for a work that incorporates both an exhibition entity and motion picture. My scriptwriting will be based upon my previous exhibitions in which I have studied the relationship between image and reality.

My work has been featured at exhibitions and festivals in Finland and abroad. I also participate in several artist groups, which are an important counterbalance to working alone. The Saari Residence simultaneously offers both privacy and community. What could possibly be a better place to write than this. Slowly. Breathing.

Tuomo Kangasmaa worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Eija Keskinen

Eija Keskinen

MA
Completion of sketches for a custom order

I came to the Saari Residence in search of both a quiet space and time to focus on finishing sketches for a custom order. The sketches will eventually hopefully become works of art for a new kindergarten in Ruskeasuo, Helsinki and form part of its visual identity. The wintry countryside here fascinates me: the composed, almost flawless beauty of nature in Western Finland and the manor’s little birds inspire me. Ancient, noble trees surround the area. I look at their branches, stripped bare for the winter; they are a little like people, extending into many different dimensions and made up of multiple layers. I want to sketch a safe bird house, Lintula, to be used by many different noble seedlings, all equally precious. I think of things I like and I hope that their transition onto paper will please and bring joy to others as well.

I bring with me to the Saari Residence a large briefcase of paper and five assortments of coloured pencils. A light and spacious atelier is situated in an old barn and I could not hope for a better view to unfold from the window.

Eija Keskinen worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Ilan Manouach

Ilan Manouach

Graduate of Visual Arts
Developing a 250 pages graphic novel called UNDERCURRENTS

Ilan Manouach is a visual artist, musician and publisher based in Athens.

He is in the Saari Residence with the purpose of advancing his new book Undercurrents and hopefully to start a composition project based on this new environment.

www.ilanmanouach.com

Ilan Manouach worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Martyna Markowska

Martyna Markowski

Photo: Wojciech Brzoska

 

MA
Writing an introduction essay to her Ph. D project “Cityscape – by images and words, Helsinki and Silesia region in contemporary photographic novels”

Martyna Markowska, a Ph. D student at the University of Helsinki.

During her stay is planning to write an introduction essay to her Ph.D project.

Photo: Wojciech Brzoska

Martyna Markowska worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Marja-Leena Mikkola

Marja-Leena Mikkola

Author, MA
Studying and translating into Finnish the poetry of Marina Tsvetajeva for the future publication of an extensive collection and essay

I am a writer and a translator into Finnish. I have published short story collections, novels, documentaries, composed song lyrics and written TV and movie scripts, essays and reviews. I have also translated Italian, English and Russian prose and poetry.

I have translated reasonably large collections of poetry by Anna Ahmatova, Osip Mandelstam and Boris Pasternak. They belong to the so-called Silver Age of Russian poetry. Maria Tsvetajeva is, however, missing from the group and I will be delving into her poetry at the Saari Residence. I will also be looking at research and bibliographies written about her as well as her correspondence. I will spend this time translating poetry and writing extensive notes for a future work on Tsvetajeva.

Marja-Leena Mikkola worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Jodi Rose

Jodi Rose

Artist/Curator/Writer
Singing Bridges: Myths and Legends Finnish Chapter (Aural/Oral Histories & Text) Exploring local, personal and invented mythologies of bridges around the world in site specific audio, story & writing

My time at the Saari Residence combines social, aural and cultural research into the mythology of bridges through sound, writing and composing.

The aim of the residency project is to develop my writing based around bridge stories and create an accompanying audio work from bridge recordings, personal stories and folklore. The project includes research into Finnish cultural histories and mythology specific to Saari, Mynämäki and Turku areas. This is a new approach to an existing body of work and takes the project further with research into local oral histories, stories and myths around bridges. The material collected at Saari will be edited and intertwined into my existing archive, to be interrelated with my own experiences and collaborative artistic practice with focus on the sound of bridges and their specific local and global cultural contexts.

During my research phase I have visited and recorded bridges, stories and myths with the selection of Lauttanpään vanha silta (The old bridge in Lauttanpää) to create a site specific happening Bridges Dances Tango – Midwinter on February 16th, in collaboration with the Saari Residence Community Artist Pia Bartsch.

Jodi Rose worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Airi Triisberg

Airi Triisberg

Curator, writer
Developing the exhibition project “Get well soon!”

During the residency I am planning to make research for the exhibition project Get Well Soon!. This exhibition will focus on issues related to body and ability, illness and health, affect and care in relation to precarious working and living conditions, asking for the possibilities how these experiences can be politicized and radicalized.

Airi Triisberg worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2013.


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Roman Chauzov & Laura Hallantie

Roman Chauzov & Laura Hallantie

Puppeteers
Artistic work

During our stay at the Saari Residence, we will be building puppets and planning the staging for a performance premiering in Turku next September. Laura also has some work left to do with the puppets for a performance premiering in May.

Roman Chauzov & Laura Hallantie worked at the Saari Residence from March to April 2013.


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Kati Åberg

Kati Åberg

Media Artist
Completing a video art work and scriptwriting

At the Saari Residence, I will be working on two projects that in different ways examine sight and the way in which we would perceive our environment if we could not see.

I’ve been thinking about this theme of seeing and sight for many years now. My interest in it began when someone very close to me suddenly lost their sight. I experienced how the loss of sight affects the everyday life of a person: how long visual memories remain intact, how adaptable people are and on the other hand, how life can sometimes suddenly become unsure and unsafe.

My aim is to finish one video art work as well as to begin work on a script and plan for another one that will incorporate motion picture and an actor monologue.

I hope that the environment and community of Saari Manor will offer not only the time and conditions for intensive concentration but interesting new acquaintances and the opportunity to wonder away from the computer every now and then to enjoy, experience and see the awakening nature of Spring.

Kati Åberg worked at the Saari Residence from March to April 2013.


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Slavica Agatonović

Slavica Agatonovic

Translator
To translate Finland-Swedish poetry into Serbian

I will translate poetry of Claes Andersson, Tua Forsström, Ralf Antbacka and Heidi von Wright and make selections from their published collections. Their books, so called poetry passports, will be published by the organizer of Belgrade poetry festival, Treći Trg, May 2013. It is now a tradition to have Finland-Swedish poets at that festival. 2013 an exchange with Serbian poets will start and the four mentioned Finland-Swedish poets will be in focus at the festival. In November, a group of Serbian poets will attend Vaasa Littfest.

The second part of my work is to translate the following four Finland-Swedish plays: True love sucks by Tove Appelgren, Elvis i jukeboxen by Paul Olin, Hissvägraren by Bengt Ahlfors and Akta dig för älgarna, Vesta-Linnéa, by Tove Appelgren. I also hope to convince theatres in Serbia to stage them in the future.

Slavica Agatonović worked at the Saari Residence from March to April 2013.


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Anu-Hanna Anttila

Anu-Hanna Anttila

Anu-Hanna Anttila

 

Adjunct Professor, Doc.Soc.Sci
Writing for an academic article

During my one-month stay (2.–30.4.2013), I will be writing several thematically linked academic articles. Two of them are English manuscripts, the first of which I will be finalizing and offering for publication in an international scientific journal. The second manuscript is half-done and is still in need of substantial contemplation and several rewrites. The themes of the articles are associated with the joint effects of gender and class in the division of labour and in time use. I will be examining these themes from a theoretic point-of-view as well as through empirical case studies. The research material concentrates on Finland and Great Britain. The third article is in brainstorming mode for the moment, until strands of thought are slowly processed into an adequate form. A stimulating environment will help with this mental work. My work is directly related to the Voice and Silence of Class -research project (VoxClass for short) funded by Kone Foundation (2012–2014).

Anu-Hanna Anttila worked at the Saari Residence in spring 2013.


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Jörn Burmester

Jörn Burmester

Performance Artist
Kritik der Weltmaschinen/Critique of World Machines (working title)

During my stay at the Saari Residence I will work on various aspects of my new performance-installation Kritik der Weltmaschine. The project focusses, among other things, on the transformation of visual impressions into language and text.

As Weltmaschinen or world machines I consider those works of art that present a passive audience with a complete image of a world, like operas, novels or movies. In order to open up such visions for participation and critique, my world machine will focus not on the product but on the process of creation. In a live situation, the artist will react to visual stimuli, like the specimen in a scientific experiment, exposing the moment of creation.

The project has a lot of theoretical, artistic and practical issues that need to be worked out before the first complete presentation that will take place in June in Berlin. During my time at the residency, I hope to solve most of these questions and create a reduced version to conduct tests.

Jörn Burmester worked at the Saari Residence from March to April 2013.


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Janna Haavisto

Janna Haavisto

Circus Artist
Artistic work

Two and a half years ago my six-year relationship ended and my world fell to pieces. At the same time, I received my master’s degree and turned thirty. Life had orchestrated an infamous crisis. The actual event and the fragmented moments leading up to it are fresh in my affective memory but the moment in time feels miles away. I am reconstructing my identity as a human being, a woman, an artist, a Finn, and a thirty-year-old. I have been adrift, depressed, travelled, lived with relatives, friends, alone and together, and I have done a lot of different creative work. It is now time to stop, avert my attention toward myself and to take better care of myself. My personal process appears to have taken a new turn. The idea of deconstructing it artistically has started to mature.

The Saari Residence is the perfect place for this artistic process. I have gained enough distance from the initial explosion. The feelings are no longer raw and the whole situation has gained perspective. I can retreat from everyday life and ask myself, who am I today? What have I grown into? Moreover, how do I reflect on and talk about my journey?

At the residence, my aim is creative work and the artistic process. My starting point will be my physicality and my body’s forms of expression. I will initially rely on improvisation and as the material evolves, I will utilise the divising-technique to tie it all together. My improvisation may be based on a movement, object, theme, picture, natural element, memory etc. The aim is to find a trigger and foundation for a new cross-disciplinary work that will also welcome the collaboration of the other residence guests. I do not want to tell an aristotelean story but to convey emotions and images so that the experience will be physical for the audience as well.

In the dance hall of the Saari Residence, there is a woman who is exploring the biggest tragedy of her life and all the paths it lead her down.

Janna Haavisto received her master’s degree from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2010. She is a freelance performer and theatre, circus and dance director. Her field of expertise is in physical expression and character work. Janna also has a degree in circus art from Turku Arts Academy (2001). She has also appeared in several TV-series and movies, and works as a voice actress and presenter.

Janna Haavisto worked at the Saari Residence from March to April 2013.


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Pekka Kantonen

Pekka Kantonen

Visual Artist, MA
Written work for an artistic doctoral dissertation

I am finalizing the written part of my doctoral dissertation. The dissertation examines generational aspects of video as well as video diaries as an experimental and activating research method.

I have been filming the everyday life of my family daily since March 1990 (approximately 1.800 hours of video footage). My artistic research and curiosity culminates in the question: What happens when an event is videotaped and the recording is watched? What truths, significances and interpretations are transferred and created in filming, editing, viewing and discussing what is seen?

My research method is discussion. Both the research material and the actual work are formed in the discursive process. Research material is not born separately from reflections; everyday life, its documentation, and creating art and research are all part of the same intertwined process. This method, developed together with Lea Kantonen, involves watching and commenting on video material in different groups varying in age, area of expertise and cultural background. In addition to writing at the Saari Residence, I will test new applications of the method with the help of the other residents.

Pekka Kantonen worked at the Saari Residence from March to April 2013.


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Martin Vongrej

Martin Vongrej

MFA, Visual Artist
Artistic work

Potential of “space“ behind the object that you see, possibility of displaying of what you can see from this space, unvisible area behind this object and reflex from water that making this object wet. Space behind this object that you can imagine, and space in reflex of water on this object with your image.

Past and future. Space of those who were and will be. Space of maybe.

Martin Vongrej worked at the Saari Residence from March to April 2013.


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Unikuvia-project

Unikuvia

Performance and group workshop for the Dreamvisions project

Dreamvisions is a group of Finnish artists formed by Aura Hakuri, Linda Granfors, Eeva Peura, Satu Rautiainen and Pia Salo that produces exhibitions, projects, installations and collaborative works. The group began its journey in 2010, building on a foundation of artistic collaboration and the shared experience of being an artist. All of the group’s members have graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki during 2007–2011. The artists have a background in painting but they also share an interest in an array of art, including performance and graphic art, photography, installations and events.

During their dream group meetings, each artist describes a dream they’ve had and the others subsequently imagine and immerse themselves into that dream. The meetings are loosely based on the experiential dream group method developed by Dr. Montague Ullman. Being immersed in a dream is a very visual and inspiring experience. Instead of trying to interpret or explain dreams, the group’s dream meetings are about being collectively immersed in the world of the dreamer. Delving into dream events is a way of encountering an inner humanity. The group is really a kind of knitting club of dreams.

Dreamvision’s first exhibition was in the summer of 2011 at the Artcenter Mältinranta in Tampere. The following autumn, Dreamvision had an exhibition at Galleria Gjutars in Vantaa. The next joint exhibition is scheduled for the spring of 2014 and will be held at Taidesalonki in Helsinki. At the Saari Residence, the group’s primary focus is on holding dream meetings and planning their future joint exhibition.

You can follow the Dreamvision project on their webpage www.unikuviaprojekti.blogspot.com.

The group worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Anna-Mari Karvonen and the work group

Anna-Mari Karvonen and the workgroup

Working on and rehearsing the performance “The problem of being alive”

We are a group of freelance artists working on a performance that will be performed as a series. At Saari, we will be looking into different ways of creating this type of performance. The series form intrigues us because our work has the possibility of being reshaped and renewed for each individual performance. The performances will be held in different contexts and institutions so it will be interesting to find different forms of dialogue for these varying circumstances. Antti-Veikko Salo is the producer of the performance and Kimmo Modig will provide dramaturgical consultation once it reaches the rehearsal stage.

Anna-Mari Karvonen and the work group worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Kaaos Company

Kaaos Company

Meeting Connections – Inner Dance and Environment

ENCOUNTERS AND CONNECTIONS – in and out of dance

During the Saari Residence residency organized by Finland’s foremost integrated dance theatre group, Kaaos Company, we will explore dance and movement in different spaces and environments. In doing so, we will contemplate “inner and outer play” drawing from improvisation as well as from different types of documentation and sharing.

The project is headed by dancer/choreographers Sally Davison and Pia Lindy. The other participants are Marika Aro, Gunilla Sjövall and Jenni Urpilainen from Helsinki as well as Hanna Väätäinen and Antti Virta from Turku. As part of the project, we will organize an open workshop on May 17th from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Saari Residence as well a dance tour in Turku on Friday May 24th from 3 pm onward.

Kaaos Company

Kaaos Company is a dance theatre group that aims to expand the boundaries of dance by creating dance works and performances that include both disabled and non-disabled performers. The intention is to dissolve perceived differences and to show that behind them is a shared experience of being human that is familiar to everyone. Kaaos Company’s projects are produced by DanceAbility Finland Association.

DanceAbility Finland is a non-profit association that strives to advance integrated dance, make dance accessible to everyone and to disillusion prejudices regarding the limitations of people with disabilities. We provide everyone who wishes to experience and enjoy dance the opportunity to do so. Dance, movement and active perception afford the opportunity to share with others something that cannot be experienced alone and makes anything possible.

www.danceabilityfinland.com

Email: info @ danceabilityfinland.com

Kaaos Company worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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MeNaiset -group

MeNaiset

Artistic work

For almost twenty years, the MeNaiset ensemble has studied and performed Finnish and Finno-Ugric traditional song. The MeNaiset singers also create new music through both composition and improvisation. At the Saari Manor, the ensemble will be composing and practicing a new performance comprised of Finnish folk poetry and Finno-Ugric ritual songs. The performance will première at the Seurasaari Soi! folk music festival on August 9th, 2012 at the Shaman’s Haven of the Kalevala in Seurasaari. In 2013, the ensemble will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new concert tour, which will also be founded upon folk and ritual songs.

The MeNaiset ensemble includes six singers all of whom also perform as soloist and most of whom also work as researchers and pedagogues. The ensemble has also released three albums.

The MeNaiset are:

Eila Hartikainen
Maari Kallberg
Anneli Kont-Rahtola
Sirkka Kosonen
Anna-Kaisa Liedes
Outi Pulkkinen

MeNaiset worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Accordion Samurai

Accordion Samurai

Artistic work

The fabulous talent-studded programme includes no less than five of the most dazzling exponents of the squeezebox. They have all made a huge contribution to advancing the cause of the diatonic accordion, each in their own sphere: trad, folk, liscio, Irish music, jazz, film scores – the list goes on and on.

In common with the characters pervading the imaginary universe of the Japanese, these players have succeeded in combining a variety of styles to create a bold and expressive musical experience. Ingeniously melodic, brilliantly tonal, an invitation to savour an intimate atmosphere or relish a session of wild dancing: these musicians with an impressive list of credentials offer us a spectacular and extremely beguiling event.

Accordion Samurai worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Translators’ workshop Runosaari

Runosaari

Translators’ workshop
Poetry and translation and its challenges

The “Runosaari” group spent its time delving deep into the problems of poetry translation, discussing its varying practices, close reading source texts, commenting on each others’ translations-in-progress and inspiring each other in finding new ideas. It was a week of sharing experiences, views and skills, of open and lively discussion.

During our text workshops, we also discussed the position of poetry translation in the present turmoil of the publishing world, and of the nature, sometimes sketchy, of translations now being published in Finland.

The members of the group share professional expertise in varying aspects of the fields of translation and poetry. The source languages of the poems discussed were English, Spanish, German, Latin, Swedish, and Russian.

The participants of the “Runosaari” workshop were Arto Kivimäki, Kristiina Lähde, Alice Martin, Tarja Roinila, Juha Silvo, and Oili Suominen.

The workshop enjoyed lectures by the visiting poets and translators Jukka Koskelainen and Marja-Leena Mikkola.

Translators’ workshop Runosaari worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Pelikaani

Pelikaani

Work on and rehearsing the performance Pelikaani (”the pelican”)

Work on a five-part performance series based on Tommi Parkko’s poetry collection Pelikaani began at the beginning of 2013. Each of the entity’s five separate performances approach the dialogue between poetry and performance art from different perspectives. At the Saari Residence, three directors will work on three different performances. The final performance of the series will be held in November during poetry week in Turku (Varsinais-Suomen runoviikko 2013).  The expertise of the group spans both performance and visual art as well as literature, and its members include director and performance artist Elsa Ervasti, director Milla Minerva Mertanen, poet Tommi Parkko, video artist Janne Rehmonen, performance artist Elina Väänänen as well as the pelican, a bird.

Follow the progress of the performance live on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Pelikaani2013

The group worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Projekti NMN

NMN

Work on the circus/music performance [heresy]

The Project NMN workgroup is comprised of freelance artists. At the Saari Residence, we will be rehearsing and putting the finishing touches on a performance entitled [heresy].

Workgroup:

Direction, set design and production: Samuli Männistö
Lighting: Saija Nojonen
Music and sound design: Laura Vuorjoki-Elo
Costume design: Marjo Haapasalo
Prop and set construction: Toni Saikonen
Performers: Antti Nerg, Markus Nivala, Samuli Männistö, Laura Vuorjoki-Elo
Technician: Talvi Janatuinen

Samuli Männistö

Samuli Männistö is known for his distinctive, expressive and uncompromising performances that combine influences ranging from modern theatre to puppet theatre.

Laura Vuorjoki-Elo

Laura Vuorjoki-Elo is a music pedagogue and has a Master of Music degree from Sibelius Academy. She challenges herself daily in order to discover new perspectives on music and on experiencing it.

Vuorjoki-Elo has, for example, combined electronic music with ancient Finno-Ugric music and has remoulded ancient Karelian music into modern arrangements for community singing.

For Laura Vuorjoki-Elo, music stems from tradition and an understanding of tradition as well as from personal intuition and feeling. Vuorjoki-Elo teaches at Joensuu Conservatory and Karelia University of Applied Sciences, and has performed both in Finland and abroad.

Antti Nerg

Antti Nerg is a multi-talented juggler who has worked as a full-time circus artist and teacher since 2008; amongst other things, he is the juggling teacher for Turku Arts Academy’s circus programme. Both as a teacher and an artist, Nerg is interested in the tradition and trends of juggling and circus art. This is reflected in his own artistic work in his mastering of various different juggling props.

Markus Nivala

Markus Nivala is a circus artist and graduated from Turku Arts Academy in 2010. Before his time at the Arts Academy, Nivala studied theatre at Lahti Folk High School where he discovered a more comprehensive interest in performance art. At the time, he was also involved in various productions at, for example, Lahti City Theatre and student theatres in Helsinki and Oulu. After graduating from Turku Arts Academy, Markus Nivala has worked as a full-time circus artist and has also done street circus performances across Europe.

Saija Nojonen

Saija Nojonen graduated a Master of Arts from the Department of Lighting and Sound Design at the Theatre Academy of Finland in 2011, and has produced lighting and visualisations for theatre, dance, concerts, installations and poems. Her interests (in addition to folk music and making pancakes) include the feel and reflective properties of different materials. She gets excited about both the possibilities of creating boundaries with light and the boundless possibilities of light. Saija wants her work to contribute to the visual staging of performances and to visual dramaturgy.

Marjo Haapasalo

Marjo Haapasalo is a designer specializing in theatre and dance costumes. Marjo graduated from the design programme at Yrkehögskolan Sydväst in 2002, after which she has worked as a costume designer for several different productions at various theatres.

Marjo’s design may begin on paper but the actual results are dictated by the demands of the material. As a designer, she wishes to remain open and enthusiastic. In addition to excellent craftsmanship and bringing different themes to life through her own vision (particularly with theatre and dance costumes), Marjo’s work is marked by an incorporation of a mixture of styles and eras.

[heresy]

In terms of its name, [heresy] points to views and theories that conflict with established religions and beliefs.

Within this framework, [heresy] investigates what is relevant, what is controllable and what is sacred. The backdrop for this research is formed by different art theories, religious beliefs as well as other theories that seek the reason, character and basic truth behind the universe.

[heresy] includes understated physical theatre, the art of juggling, live music and the type of kind-hearted humour that stems from a questioning take on things and self-awareness. [heresy] is a dialogue between three jugglers and a folk musician, and deals with objects, enigmas and other important things.

Project NMN’s [heresy] is truly the poetry of modern circus.

[heresy] premieres on September 25th, 2013 at Cirko Center for New Circus in Helsinki.

http://supiainen.com/

The group worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Compagnie Crache Larmes

Compagnie Crache Larmes

Undershadows – set construction and rehearsal for an international theatre production that combines physical theatre and puppet theatre

Undershadows is the working title for an international theatre production being put together by the Parisian theatre group Compagnie Crache Larmes in cooperation with Finnish puppet theatre director Outi Sippola. The production’s actors and puppeteers are Selana McMahan and Linda Lemmetty, graduates of École Jacques Lecoq /the Puppet Theatre degree programme at Turku Arts Academy.

At the Saari Residence, we will begin work on the performance Undershadows, which combines the expression of shadow theatre and physical theatre. The performance studies subterranean spaces and the battle of the individual, and is encased within a thriller-like ambiance. During the residency, we will focus on experimenting with shadow illusion, preparing the script and producing the performance material. The performance will premiere in the fall of 2014.

Compagnie Crache Larmes worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Emma Ecksteinin piina

Emma Ecksteinin piina

Creating a touring paper theatre performance from the radio play Agony of Emma Eckstein

The paper theatre performance Agony of Emma Eckstein tells the story of Sigmund Freud’s patient and colleague Emma Eckstein. The workgroup includes animation director Elina Minn, puppeteers Niina Lindroos and Iisa Tähtinen, musician Hannu Seppälä and Rebecca LaMarre, a writer focusing on art. The performance is based on a radio play.

The group worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Puhti

Puhti-työryhmä

Work on a new performance and DVD release

Puhti, a duo founded in 2001 by dancer/choreographer Reetta-Kaisa Iles and musician/composer Anne-Mari Kivimäki, finds inspiration for their distinctive performance art from folk traditions.

At the Saari Residence, Puhti will begin working on and rehearsing a new performance entitled Pahan laulu – Balladi pahasta karmasta (”the song of evil – a ballad about bad karma”), which will premier in November 2013. The aim of the week-long residency is to compile all the ideas the workgroup has come up with during the spring and summer regarding composition, types of movement, script and visual concepts, and to begin the rehearsal process. During the week, the group will also be filming material for a video work that will run alongside the performance. Director Tommi Kainulainen, sound designer Samuli Volanto, costume designer Jaana Kurttila and cinematographer Aarne Tapola will be working with Puhti at Saari.

www.puhti.eu

Puhti worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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MUU ry

Muu ry

ON THE THRESHOLDS OF PRIVACY — Yksityisyyden kynnyksellä

Produced by Artists’ Association MUU, On the Thresholds of Privacy was an international public art project 14 – 17 August 2013, in Mynämäki, Finland. The art project features works by six artists from Finland, Germany and Denmark. Featured artists are Marko Alastalo, Andrea Boening, JP Kaljonen, Peter Kees, Søren Lose and Susken Rosenthal.

Curators are Timo Soppela, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen and Susken Rosenthal. Producer is Hanna Uusi-Seppä.

Supported by Kone Foundation and Goethe-Institut. In co-operation with the organisations Kunstpflug (Germany) and Somewhere (Denmark).

On the Thresholds of Privacy consisted three events on the same theme, conducted in three small towns in Germany, Denmark and Finland. The first part of the project was realised in the town of Brück, situated in the countryside of former East Germany 70 km south of Berlin.

www.muu.fi

www.facebook.com/muugalleria

MUU ry worked at the Saari Residence in summer 2013.


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Maija Hynninen

Maija Hynninen

MFA, music
Work on a flute concerto and radiophony as well as developing my artistic self

My main focus during my residency will be working on a radiophony commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yleisradio). The radiophony combines modern poetry with acustic and electroacustic music to create a text-based audio collage –type work designed for radio. For this purpose, I have commissioned texts from Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen (Finland) and Elke De Rijcke (Belgium). The theme for the work is space – both physical and spiritual. Inspired by a painting by Corinne Wasmuht, Rijcke writes about a space in an airport. It is a place people travel through or a sort of gateway between two places. Even though it is a busy place, each day appears to repeat the day before. All traces of privacy dissipate under the glare of neon lights as televisions emit a continuous stream of commercials. Huotarinen’s space is the small island of Jurmo, located in the outer archipelago off of Turku, where she rents a cottage during the summer for writing.

Isolated from the rest of the world, the island is an extremely lonely place where a person is truly alone with their thoughts. During my residency, I will delve deep into the worlds of the texts of these two writers and will further develop the overall span of the radiophony.

I am composing two acustic pieces for the radiophony – a solo piece for a soprano and a chamber ensemble piece, which I intend to finish during my residency. The chamber ensemble piece, commissioned by the St. Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation, is inspired by a space in St. Petersburg. The commission included a trip to St. Petersburg. The piece I am working on at the Saari Residence clearly reflects both the inspiration I found during my visit and the space I chose. I also plan to begin work on the virtuosic piece for a soprano solo. My intention is to utilise the light and agile singing technique characteristic of coloratura soprano to compose music for Rijcke’s French poems.

Running alongside these projects is my ongoing work on a concerto for a flute and chamber orchestra. The piece, commissioned by Cammilla Hoitengan, muses on the relationship between a solo instrument and an orchestra, and portrays five different perspectives on the connections between the individual and a community.

Before coming to the Saari Residence, I spent an intensive year of postgraduate studies in Paris. The influences acquired during that time now have time to settle in the peace and quiet of the Residence amidst the idyllic Finnish countryside landscape.

Maija Hynninen worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Kaisa Kärki

Kaisa Kärki

Master of Social Sciences
Doctoral dissertation work, Voluntary Exclusions: Systemic Refusal as Active Resistance

My doctoral dissertation, entitled Voluntary Exclusions: Systemic Refusal as Active Resistance, applies the analytic philosophy of action, social philosophy as well as research in cultural and social politics. I am studying nonaction and in particular, acts of refusal directed at the social system i.e. acts such as conscientious objection, hunger strikes, not voting and not paying taxes, for example. I am particularly intrigued by the question of whether social exclusion can in fact be construed as intentional resistance to the entire social system. I am developing a comprehensive theory of action that includes both actions and intentional nonaction. This view of action allows for a value-neutral approach also to social exclusion.

At the Saari Residence, I will finish writing Refusal to Act, an article in which, together with Professor Mikko Yrjönsuuri, we introduce the definition of refusing to act. I also intend to write up a final compilation of all the rough text fragments I’ve written during the past year. This script will serve as the raw material for the dissertation’s next articles.

Kaisa Kärki worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Sanna Kauppinen

Sanna Kauppinen

Visual artist
Photographing in the conservation area near the Saari Residence and work on a forest-themed drawing collection

Sanna Kauppinen (b. 1979 in Oulu, Finland) makes large-scale drawings into which she often also incorporates elements of painting. She has also recently included digital photography as a new technique. Through her work, Sanna has previously become familiar with the bear of Finnish mythology, for example, and recently also with the forest and trees in particular. Now other animals have also entered the forest.

“When you spend a lot of time in the forest and you are quiet, you begin to see not only the trees but also the animals.”

“At the Saari Residence I will draw and photograph. I will seek inspiration from the conservation area near the Saari Manor and I will let it take me still further into the theme of the forest and its animals.”

www.sannakauppinen.com

www.facebook.com/KuvataiteilijaSannaKauppinen

Sanna Kauppinen worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Ryusuke Kido

Ryusuke Kido

Artist
Making works by carving daily necessities. Research about Finnish nature and culture. Thinking about new work from the experience of the Saari Residence

I would like to think about balance between nature and civilization. We are living in this world while nature is sacrificing itself for us. However, our misperception that humans can control everything makes us forget time and time again the fact that we are part of mother nature as well.

Advances in technology are inevitable in our lives and I cannot deny this. Knowing how to keep the balance between technology and human business as part of nature is always a challenge. Events happening all over the world right now reminds me of this.

www.ryusukekido.com

Ryusuke Kido worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Esa Mäkijärvi

Esa Mäkijarvi

Photo: Susanna Koskinen

 

Author
Literary work

At the Saari Residence, I will be writing poetry and prose. I am currently working on two scripts: my fourth poetry collection and my debut novel, which I will also be working on during my residency. Both texts discuss love from different perspectives. Even people who are close can easily remain strangers. This is something I want to discuss in depth.

I am also a freelance journalist and lecturer so my time will partially be dedicated to texts relating to these occupations. The Residence will provide a welcome opportunity to focus on work and the calming presence of nature. I hope to evolve as a writer at the Residence.

More on my thoughts at http://marstravolta.blogspot.com

Photo: Susanna Koskinen

Esa Mäkijärvi worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Julie Nathanielsz

Julie Nathanielsz

MFA, dance
Yo, Genesis is designed to deepen and personalize choreographic practice, and to complete a new dance work within the context of creative and intentional community

During my stay at the Saari Residence I will work on one or more aspects of a solo performance, Yo, Genesis. The project focuses on the origins, arrival and also usefulness of rhythm, cadence, and gesture in the body.

The project has so far been researched in the studio, where concepts are practiced through iteration, and tools developed as needed. Areas of interest are sensory perception in the context of decision making and allowing, with awareness of the shaping of the body’s surfaces by those internal dialogues. The work is concerned also with those processes as and in performance. I also see the significance of this work/time as a chance to shift personal choreographic process.

What of the four-part subject matter of Yo, Genesis is touched by the place and people of Saari? Let’s see what happens!

Julie Nathanielsz worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Jorge Raedo

Jorge Raedo

Arts education for children + stage director
What is A? Arts education for children and youth

I am stage director and I teach arts to children and youth. At the Saari Residence I will develop my task as co-producer and artisitc director at Rakennetaan kaupunki!(www.rakennetaankaupunki.fi). In 2013-14 we develop a new opera with Onerva Mäen Koulu (special education) and Alvar Aalto Museo in Jyväskylä. In 2014-15 we will do a new opera to be sung by kids by the composer Riikka Talviltie and the poet Marjo Heiskanen, in Helsinki.

I will continue my task as director at Amag! Architecture Magazine for Children (www.a-magazine.org), and creating short workshops for children at Kiasma museum (Helsinki) , Docomomo España (Malaga), Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother (Bogota)…

Jorge Raedo worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Riikka Wesamaa

Riikka Wesamaa

Artist
Generating ideas for a painting series entitled Kosmos and experimenting with painting

At the Saari Residence, I will plan and draft a nature-themed painting series. I refer to this collection of future paintings rather poetically as Kosmos (“cosmos”). The paintings relate to thoughts about being in and a part of nature, and to a fascination regarding the entity that, like a vortex, envelopes existence. Based on my plan, I will later create a collection of different sized tempera and oil paintings that in their placement within a space will form one large painting. I will draft by drawing, painting and experimenting with different thematic combinations in a smaller scale. During my residency, I will also work outdoors in order to observe nature and gather material for my paintings. I will also visit nearby medieval churches, the paintings of which I find very interesting. I will be looking at how nature is portrayed in them – not just as a subject or in the nature of the subject but also as rhythm, signs, overall arrangement and in the way they are painted.

Riikka Wesamaa worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2013.


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Matthew Cowan

Matthew Cowan

MA Fine Art Practice, University of Northumbria, UK
The creation of new video or performance based artwork, based on interaction with local people and communities to draw on traditions of folklore, ritual and customs

I am intrigued by the cultural histories of Finland, the post-modern aspects of cultural celebrations, and the continued relevance and persistence of traditional folklore today. I am interested in how these celebrations continue to belong to relevant festivals and celebrations, how performers, participants and audiences from all backgrounds view them, and how they gain an essence of the ‘contemporary’.

My art often works closely with established traditions, paralleling their structure and form in order to take on a new perspective – one that celebrates and progresses the meaning of a particular ritual. I would like to work with local people, visitors and historians to establish the role and tone of these celebrations, and make a new work – performative or otherwise which takes for its inspiration these traditions and adds something new. One thing that never fails to strike a chord for me as an artist is how rooted to a ‘locale’ folk celebrations become. By their own definition, a locality’s folk customs give an impression of the essence of that place’s community, showing off the spirit, the character of a place.

Something that I am interested in investigating at Saari is the possibility of making work based around the celebration of Christmas and midwinter in Finland, exploring old rituals and mythologies.

www.matthewcowan.net

Matthew Cowan worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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Friederike Felbeck

Friedereike Felbeck

Director/Writer Diploma, Doctoral candidate
Government Poetry, Part II: Europe. Completion of the draft version of a theatrical performance that portrays the negotiations and struggles of contemporary artists in the performing arts in Europe

Director, writer and producer. After her directoral studies at the Hamburg Theatre Academy with Jürgen Flimm, she worked as personal assistant to Armand Gatti und Roberto Ciulli. Her debut after Pasolini´s Pig´s Stall was followed by numerous productions of both classical and contemporary authors. She has written plays about fine artists Eva Hesse and Alexej von Jawlensky and developed performances concerned with urban development and architecture.

Her travels have frequently led her to the Middle East, initiating the first Syrian-German co-production after Sadallah Wannus “Tuqûs al-ishârât wa altahawwulât”. Her most recent productions include Everyman by Hofmannsthal, staged with actors from Germany and Senegal and Antigone, performed on the grounds of a former National Socialist training institution, that after WWII transformed from military training area to memorial site. Still on-going is “Government Poetry”, an artistic view on UNESCO´s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The stay at the Saari Residence will be dedicated to the writing down of the play.

As a theatre critic, she writes regularly for Theater der Zeit (Berlin), Didaskalia (Wroclaw) and nachkritik.de. She is co-authoring a long-term study on “Structural Changes in European Theatre”, conducted by the Balzan-Prize Foundation and coordinated by the International Theatre Institute. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hamburg, researching on academic acting training in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Friederike Felbeck worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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Johanna Juhola

Johanna Juhola

MA (Music)
Musical arrangement and composition for accordion solos for a sheet music book and solo concerts. Composition and arrangement work for the Juhola meets Bach project

Johanna Juhola (b. 1978) is a Helsinki-based accordionist, composer and Master of Music (graduated 2008 from the Sibelius Academy). Johanna is known in particular for breathing new life into tango and accordion music, and as a guest musician who transitions with ease from one genre to another.

Johanna’s music is performed by the ensembles Johanna Juhola Trio and Johanna Juhola Reaktori, both of which have an emphasis on tango nuevo and live electronic music. Johanna’s other bands include Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola, Tango-orkesteri Unto as well as Las Chicas del Tango.

Johanna has released three albums under her own name, Miette (2006), Fantasiatango (2010) and Fantasiatango 2 (2012), as well as dozens of records with her ensembles and as a guest musician.

Johanna has composed music for theatre, circus and modern dance performances, in which she has also performed live together with her bands Johanna Juhola Reaktori, Johanna Juhola Trio and Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola.

www.johannajuhola.net

www.youtube.com/johannajuholamusic

www.facebook.com/johannajuhola.net

Johanna Juhola worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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Paul Landon

Paul Landon

Professor
Exploring the spatio-temporal experience of the contemporary urban environment in images, art texts and installations

Paul Landon is a researcher and artist whose work explores the activities of wandering and travelling as a contemporary artistic practice and considers the devices and structures, both material and abstract, informing and affecting these activities. He engages in a wandering method to stumble upon places and things that resonate with recent history, both personal and collective. Many of these are the forgotten ruins or lost artefacts of the international modernist project, a project that shaped Landon’s imagination and understanding of the world since his early childhood.

He has recently embarked on a series of works that take the form of short descriptive texts, or essays, that recount sites visited on his travels as well as ‘unvisitable’ sites, places that no longer exist but that still resonate historically. Landon asks if it is possible that, with research like his, based in an art practice, the requirement to write about artwork makes the artwork itself take the form of a depiction, to become work that invites interpretation and reading. Along with writing texts, he produces work recalling the visual conventions of depiction, work informed by maps, diagrams, schematic drawings, documentary photographs and scientific films.

While on residency in Saari, he will compile and edit the texts, he has written, with the goal of completing several chapters of his doctoral dissertation for the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Paul Landon’s website

Paul Landon worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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Heli Meklin

Heli Meklin

MA (Dance)
Planning and preparation of a research project, including related stage performances and workshops

Heli Meklin graduated from Theatre Academy Helsinki in 2006 and works as a choreographer, dancer and performer both in Finland and abroad. She is interested in different kinds of identities, people, phenomena, gender representations and ways of perceiving reality as well as subjects that are difficult to reach through words and thoughts. Meklin works both alone and in cooperation with other artists, combining different styles and media.

‘At the Saari Residence, I will be working on two stage performances for my project As if…called In Your Mind and Move the way you like because I love the way you move as well as on workshops relating to the project. The performances will be showcased in February 2014 at Kutomo in Turku.

As if… is a project I started in 2012 that explores various levels of physicality through different people and projects. As if…emerged from a need to focus the direction of my artistic work and to share it with others more extensively.

I wish to re-examine my methods and to acquire a more extensive understanding of my field. There is a need to expand on its theoretical foundation, acquire new artistic tools, develop means of production, and to create new networks in order to be able to work in all kinds of different projects and job descriptions.

An intrinsic part of the As if… project and its works is the act of creating without a predetermined, linguistically defined theme, through physicality. The goal is also to try to dissolve assumptions and obstacles that limit the discovery of new directions, both within and outside art, by giving in to my own interests without prejudice.

During my residency, I will also spend time making music, enjoying nature and planning a new work that combines the structural manifestations of spiritual events, new age aesthetics and musicals for the GoGo dance group Kuumat Putket, whose most recent work was a performance an examination of female clichés in the form of a drag show entitled JUST Queens.’

Heli Meklin worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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Minna Pöllänen

Minna Pöllänen

Visual Artist
Work on a new collection

Minna Pöllänen (b.1980) is an artist living and working in Helsinki and London. Pöllänen combines photography, site-specific works and elements of participatory art. Her works are united by a thematic focus that draws on the notion of observing, experiencing and owning a landscape.

During the residency, my main focus will be on the manor’s wood workshop where I will build tools and equipment designed for being in and observing a landscape. Also along for the ride is my sheet film camera which I will be using to take pictures of the pieces I build. I will also continue work on a photography collection entitled Nature Trail.

For more information visit www.minnapollanen.com

Minna Pöllänen worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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Anu Pennanen & Stéphane Querrec

Duo PENNANEN & QUERREC

MFA
Artistic work

Anu Pennanen (Finland) and Stéphane Querrec (France) are collaborating since 2011 as duo PENNANEN & QUERREC. Together, they make films that depict the costs of the diminishing human, social and political conditions in Europe today. Their recent fiction STAANDE! DEBOUT! STANDING! about ex-workers from Vilvoorde in Belgium premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in February 2013 and was screened at Cinema des Galeries Brussels and Lens Politica Film and Media Art Festival Helsinki in 2013. See more infos: www.pennanen-querrec.com

During their stay at the Saari Residence, they will develop and start the writing of a scenario for the making of a fiction ANTEEKSIPYYNTÖ, the last days of a Finnish war veteran suffering from Alzheimer. The residency will consist of 3 phases: 1) a research base work with brain disease specialists in hospital in Turku; 2) interviews with war veterans, and 3) a field research at bunker sites along the Salpa Line.

The film is to be set in eastern Finland at the end of 2014. Finland has been dealing with a lot of war movies. We want to bring this genre with an experimental point of view: the film will shift from dark and large-scale historical spectacular descriptions to a one person story whom memory is bound to disappear.

Anu Pennanen and Stéphane Querrec worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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Mirimari Väyrynen

Mirimari Väyrynen

Visual Artist
Preparing private exhibitions and collecting forest-themed material from Saari Residence’s surroundings

I approach the theme of landscape through man’s relationship with the world and nature. A landscape is an identity and a self portrait, yet simultaneously the works, conjured from elements of the forest, take a stand on global environmental issues and ponder the phenomena and values of our time.

A landscape is a view and a place. It is a personal environment and an experienced living space. It conceals within it collective historical time and the dimensions of events: social and cultural strata.

I deconstruct and build landscapes. In my work, the motives of the forest fall apart into small pieces and what remains is reconstructed into a new sum of its parts, a remoulded forest and landscape. The environment is in constant flux and through the processive nature of landscapes I examine the themes of life and the cycle of nature.

At the Saari Residence, I will focus on a new series of coloured paintings in which I will strive to create movement, the vibrations of a forest on the canvas. I will then tear apart and break the painted canvasses in order to later reassemble the pieces into new works. I also greatly look forward to spending time in the forest, which is both a part of the artistic process and an opportunity to broaden my thoughts and dream up new works.

Mirimari Väyrynen  worked at the Saari Residence from November to December 2013.


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