Welcome to Mustarinda on Saturday 27.4.2013. 16.00 -17.30, our residency guests are opening the doors to their studios.
Invitation by Nina Kuechler. Let´s see if Special Agent Dale Cooper is also coming, Bob is usually here - hiding in the woods.
Frontiers in Retreat, a five-year EU project coordinated by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme fosters dialogue on ecological issues within a new European network of artist residencies. The aim of the project is to broaden the understanding of global ecological changes and their local impacts on European natural environments by means of contemporary artistic practices and a multidisciplinary approach. The project will take place in 2013–2018.
The partners invite twenty contemporary artists from various parts of Europe for research and production residencies in seven European residency centres. During the residencies the artists move within the residency network, research the particular ecological contexts of the sites, exchange knowledge between diverse disciplines in incubator workshops, and develop new artworks. An extensive outreach and education programme as well as several exhibitions communicate the residency processes to diverse audiences. There will also be a web platform, a publication, and a permanent archive out of all the research processes at each residency location.
Frontiers in Retreat responds to an urgency to rediscover relationship with environments that are decreasing in permanent inhabitation while at the same time becoming under increasing attention for various ecological and economic reasons. These specific “natural environments” within Europe, supposedly detached from the urban areas, are approached in the project as sites where global ecological changes in their complexity become apparent and negotiable.
The residency activities start in the Autumn 2013.
The project is made possible by the EU Culture Programme. It supports Frontiers in Retreat by 1,1 million euros, thus covering 50 per cent of its total budget. The EU funding is allocated between the eight project partners.
The Paljakka Observation Tower can be visited also during the winter with snow shoes or skies.
MUSTARINDA newsletter 12/12
Mustarinda - Art and Ecological Transition 2012
MAGAZINE: The new Mustarinda magazine will be released on Dec 14, 2012. You can order the magazine directly from us or preview it online. For more info: http://mustarinda.fi/en/publication
Launch party and panel discussion (in Finnish) 14.12.2012
Mustarinda - Art and Ecological Transition 2012 Magazine launch party and panel discussion 14th of December, at Lapinlahti Hospital Auditorium, Helsinki (Lapinlahdentie 1). The magazine is in english, but the panel discussion will be in finnish. Free entrance, open to the public. More info: http://mustarinda.fi/en/publication
OPEN CALL for MUSTARINDA AIR 2013 15.12.2012 -15.1.2013
More info: http://mustarinda.fi/en/society/residency
Open call for artists to participate in the 2013 exhibition 1.12.2012 - 15.1.2013 More info:http://mustarinda.fi/en/node/80
For the Rest of the Forest residency program news
FROF residency program supports contemporary visual artists to investigate, re-think and translate the cultural, ecological and societal existence and value of the Fennoscandian forest. http://www.mustarinda.fi/en/News
FOR REST OF THE FOREST -residency project news
Whole Scandinavia has been facing a great structural change since the forest industry has started moving out. Forest and its value should be understood from a new perspective. Forest has had a remarkable role in the Scandinavian identity and culture, and now these soft values should be highlighted and supported. It has been confirmed by several researches that new and alternative uses of forest will largely replace the traditional industrial use in all the Scandinavian forests. Despite of this clear future trend the last existing primeval forest areas of Scandinavia are still endangered by industry. Scandinavian companies are also in major role in Viena Karelia district where the largest untouched forests of Fennoscandia are rapidly decreasing.
There is less than 0.5% of old growth forests left in Southern Finland. According to main scientific authors this means that almost half of the species of the forest ecosystem will be endangered in near future. Kainuu and Viena regions are the most important reserve of middle boreal forest species in Scandinavia. Kainuu and Viena forest lands serve also as a green belt which connects boreal forests of Sweden and Norway to larger Taiga ecosystem of Siberia.
Taking care of these forest lands benefits largely the whole Scandinavia. Kainuu and Viena regions do also have great cultural tradition linked to the forests and nature (Kalevala). We believe that this great heritage and urgent need for solutions will provide really interesting environment for artistic practise as well as theoretical thinking which combines the knowledge of culture, science, sociology and economics. Artists can support new ways of thinking and processing the nature human relationship in the Kainuu-Viena region and also communicate about the importance of forest as a fundamental element of Scandinavian identity and culture.
On October 2012 Mustarinda association launched a new For Rest of the Forest -residency program in collaboration with Artlab Gnesta (Sweden). Project supports contemporary visual artists to investigate, re-think and translate the cultural, ecological and societal existence and value of the Fennoscandian forest. Project combines knowledge from different fields of art and science.
Project included 2 months thematic residency periods for selected Scandinavian artists. The first FROF artists were Sandra Nyberg from Finland, Mikael Lindahl from Sweden and Ørjan Aas from Norway. Artists were working in Mustarinda AIR in Hyrynsalmi Finland. Mustarinda also organized the residents excursions to Kainuu and Viena Karelia (Russia) where the largest primeval forest areas of Fennoscandia can be found. During the two month residency artists were collaborating with local forest researchers and other professionals as well as village boards, nature activists and local inhabitants. During the Vienna-Karelia trip, Alexander Markovsky, the manager of SPOK (the Regional Public Nature Conservation Organization of Karelia) was the tour leader and acquainted the group with the situation of the forests from biological perspective. The group also visited to Venehjärvi, the old Viena Karelian village where a local villager Santeri Lesonen were presenting the relationship between man and nature from the perspective of old Kalevala culture and traditions.
Mustarinda-association will curate an exhibition about the forest theme in 2014-2015. Exhibitions will introduce works and projects of the FROF residency artists. Associations will also produce a catalogue which will introduce the exhibition and discuss the forest-culture-ecology theme in articles written by selected artist and researchers.
FROF supports critical thinking which might enable new ways of understanding the complex field of nature conservation and human-nature relationship in general. Mustarinda association has been working with these topics for several years. Mustarinda collaborates with major local Kainuu-Viena region organizations and with Scandinavian and international organizations and projects related to art and nature.
Rasa Antanaviciute from Nida Art Colony visited Mustarinda last summer this is what she wrote about the palcehttp://remotenet.nidacolony.lt/2012/09/12/everything-on-mustarinda-2/. Baltic-Nordic Network of Remote Art & Residency Centres brings together 8 centres located in the remote areas in order to share the experience and ideas how operate in the remoteness and how to interact with local communities. Mustarinda is part of the network.
Workshop diary done by the participants in Green Gold workshop held in Mustarinda 1. -5.6. 2012 can be read here:
Opening of Paljakka Observation Tower and Nature Trail 4th of June 15 pm, in Mustarinda Welcome!
MUSTARINDA 2012 – Beauty exhibition in Mustarinda house 20.6.–12.8. 2012, welcome!
GREEN GOLD – THE SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SIGNIFICANCE OF FOREST
1/6/2012 – 5/6/2012 Mustarinda Hyrynsalmi, Finland
Green Gold workshop is an international workshop which is organized in Hyrynsalmi, Finland on June 2012. Workshop wants to raise discussion on different kind of global environmental problems, such as climate change, from the perspective of forests. Forests play a significant role in worlds eco-system but also in different cultures and personal significations. Therefore workshop also allows participants to explore and reflect their personal relationship with forest and nature in the means of creative art. During the workshop, the participants will get new information on forests as well as an opportunity to experience old primeval forest in north-east of Finland. Learning experiences and materials are gathered as texts and pictures to project website. The workshop is located in Hyrynsalmi (Kainuu province), in the North East Finland, by our host Nature and Art Centre Mustarinda. The group is formed by 15 participants from different European countries. See more detailed information on section: Practical information. Workshop is organized by Green Cultural and Educational Centre Visio. Visio is a training organization for adults with special concern on issues that relate sustainability and active citizenship. See more: www.visili.fi.
Next deadline for Mustarinda AIR is 1.–31.3.2012.
You can apply for two periods: August–September 2012 or February–March 2013.
Mustarinda 2012 events have found their place in the calendar.
In January-March the Mustarinda house welcomes local and international artists in residence. This winter and early spring the residents are Jim Holyoak (Canada), Megan Hepburn (Germany), Lucy Atherton (England), Kyle Riedel (USA), Melanie Taylor (Australia), Matthew Gribbon (USA) and Jukka Hautamäki (Finland). Intern: Irina Kaldewey (Germany). So far, the summer residents are Eric Cruikshank (Scotland), Maija Muinonen and Maria Kajava (Finland), and Martha Dalla Via (Italy) and Lucia Veronesi (Italy).
The next application period for residences occuring in August-September 2012 and February-March 2013 is March 1-31 2012. For more information on how to apply will be posted on our website from the beginning of February onwards. Outside of these dates the Mustarinda house can be rented as a space for independent work/projects. Present your ideas and ask for more information>> firstname.lastname@example.org
Mustarinda is happy to accomodate interns. For more information write to us>> email@example.com
In January and May Mustarinda house hosts workshops by the Kajaani theater performing arts professionals and
March through April Mustarinda is involved in the IHME Days (program will be published in February)
In June, Mustarinda house hosts the Green Gold Workshop>> registration and information http://www.greengoldworkshop.eu/
In June Mustarinda will host its third summer exhibition. The theme and the artists will be published shortly. The exhibition will be constructed with the help of international volunteer workers.
In July Mustarinda house will host the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation's International Youth Camp.During the summer there will also be opening of the new vista-tower, a Mustarinda-day for local people, and summer festivals.
The upstairs studio space was completed in the spring of 2011.
● 25 resident artists and researchers
● Mustarinda participated in the Supermarket 2011 art fair event in Stockholm, as well as alt_cph11 art fair in Copenhagen
● Mustarinda was invited as an artist group to carry out works at Asilo Bianco Art Center in
● The Winter Exhibition at Mustarinda house showed works by Kalle Leino and Wang Ya-
Hui. The exhibition went on to be shown in Taipei, Taiwan.
● World images in science shaping art environmental relationships and Visual ecocritical
opportunities in visual arts - seminars, together with the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
● Visits to Vuokkiniemi and Kostomuksha in Russia to establish cooperation in arts and
protection of forests
● Presentation at the EGOS organizational research conference in Gothenburg: Good
Intensions, Market-Making Practices, and Old-Growth Forests.
● Presentation in the Hollo Institute's Arts and Economics Seminar at the Kiasma Theatre
● The Summer Exhibition: Terike Haapoja, Sanna Kannisto, Henni Kitti, Jussi Kivi, Pekka
Niittyvirta, Outi Pieski
● Sponsors: Education and the Ministry of Culture employment support, Finnish Arts
Council, Arts Council of Oulu, the Finnish Cultural Foundation
● In the Media: City magazine in Sweden 27/02/2011: "Art Supermarket favorites
come from Finland ... Mustarinda located in the hilly forests of the north-east Finland …"
● Mustarinda collaborated with the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation to make a
proposal for the protection of UPM's forests in Paljakka.
A trailer of a movie directed by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell that has been partly shot around Mustarinda >> vimeo.com/32750656
"From pagan re-enactors to Scandinavian communes, black metal concerts to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular world.
Starring musician Robert AA Lowe (LICHENS) and co-directed by Ben Rivers (UK) and Ben Russell (USA), A SPELL is a feature-length film that lies between fiction and non-fiction, a record of experience that proposes belief in transcendence as a viable outcome of living in the now.
+Coming In Summer 2012+"
Check info of the artists coming to Mustarinda this winter >> www.mustarinda.fi/en/residency/Artists
Antti Majava gives a presentation on 12.10 at 9.30.
FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange will hold the seminar New Rules of Art Policy and Other Fantasies at the CIRKO Centre in Suvilahti, Helsinki on the 12th and 13th of October 2011. The themes of the seminar will be the challenges of art and art institutions, internationality, collaboration and adaptability in a changing economic and political climate. Discussion in art addresses the creative economy, the role of art education, nationality and innovations. The seminar considers how these aspects are realized in art on an everyday basis.
Art and the art world have a great deal of written and unwritten rules. In this seminar, each invited speaker will present a proposal for improvement or change, a new fictive rule. The presentations will be followed by panel discussions in which the seminar audience can also participate.
The speakers will include Paco Barragán (Curator/Associate Editor of ARTPULSE, Spain), GILFER (Artist, Spain), Andrew Hetherington (Project Director, Business to Arts & Fund it, Ireland), Noel Kelly (Curator/Critic/Chief Executive Officer, Visual Artists Ireland, Ireland), Antti Majava (Artist/Chairman and Co-Founder of the Mustarinda Association), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Chief Curator, The Finnish Museum of Photography), Max Ryynänen (Critic/Gallerist/Lecturer in the Theory of Visual Culture, Aalto University School of Art and Design), Riiko Sakkinen (Artist, Finland/Spain) and Sakarias Sokka (Lecturer in Cultural Policy, University of Jyväskylä).
The seminar will be held in English and will be open to all interested participants (free entrance).
Photos by Joanne Pang during her AIR in Mustarinda fall 2011
Mustarinda members Elina Tuhkanen is exhibiting in NATIONALE in Portland (USA) and Antti Majava in Helsinki. Welcome!
Two of our artists-in-residence Heleen VD Hoogt and Sjoukje Gootjes, have launched a blog.
To check out what they have been up to, go here.