11.6. -11.8. 2013 Welcome
December 1st 2012 - January 15h 2013
Mustarinda calls for artists to participate in an exhibition at the Mustarinda House in summer 2013. The exhibition is aimed at fostering critical thinking and dialogue.
Art can invite people from different backgrounds to participate together on a common ground - into a space and situation in which they can let go of their usual positions and habitual ways of thinking and talking in order to discuss about common issues: what is right, important and meaningful. Artists do not have exclusive rights to the common ground, but in our times artistic practises seem to have exceptional means to create it. Contemporary art relies on open questioning rather than on rigid frameworks and methods. It is simultaneously conceptual and experiential. In addition, it has maintained a relatively autonomous position in which it does not need to commit to the goals of economic growth and competition, among others.
The common ground or the commons have shrunken significantly durin the last decades. Natural resources have been depleted and ecological diversity narrowed. At the same time, the image of a shared, unified nature has vanished. We have stepped in to the anthropocene, a geological epoch primarily determined by humans. It has become obvious that we are not surrounded by a ready-made Nature. We are, instead, part of nature and now witness to only one of its developemental phases, although a significant one. The foundation of the common ground has to be rebuilt. On it, shared issues become negotiable and different realities become visible.
We now commence an open call which will end on January 15th, 2013. Artistic practice and artwork are looked through the theme discribed in the above text. We are open to submissions from all fields of art. Joining in the exhibition will be a few invited artists separate from the submission process.
Please send open-form application along with the 3-7 images, as well as their descriptions, or a short description of the proposed artwork in addition to your CV (resume). For your application to be considered it must arrive by the above mentioned deadline to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org All applicants will be notified of the decisions by February 15th, 2013.
The exhibition theme, the collection, assesment of the applications and artist selection will be carried out by a working group chosen by Mustarinda Association's Board of Directors. The jury consists of the artists Jaakko Karhunen, Antti Majava, Nestori Syrjälä, Elina Tuhkanen, Laura Wesamaa and researchers Paavo Järvensivu and Suvi Kokkonen. The Mustarinda summer exhibition of 2013 will be the foundation for a larger exhibition on the same theme in southern Finland 2014.
The Mustarinda House celebrates its third international art exhibition. The opening reception will be held on Sunday 17.6. at 14–16. We welcome you! Visitors can also look forward to special events and coffee. The opening is also a good opportunity to explore the nature path and visit the new sight-seeing tower.
Mustarinda is the result of the surrounding forest, people of Kainuu and the Mustarinda Association working in co-operation. This year's exhibition presents artwork from Mustarinda artists-in-residence, regional young artists and Mustarinda Association members. We have invited 16 artists from Finland and abroad to participate in the exhibition.
At Mustarinda, critical thinking, mysticism, research and intuition are present at the same time. In this era of ecological threats, there is a need for comprehensive discussion, as well as for the ability to stop and seek a truly new direction for individuals and society. The powerful and untouched nature surrounding Mustarinda invokes strength and inspiration for artistic and scientific work in challenging issues.
Ecological and social phenomena may also be approached through the concept of beauty: our actions are not merely directed by common sense, but also our desire to achieve something inexplicable and perhaps subconscious. Without the necessary thoughtfulness, the pursuit of beauty can lead to the opposite – creating excess, meaninglessness and insignificance. The exhibition challenges the the viewer to examine the environment from an independent point of view.
Exhibited artists: Jukka Hautamäki, Alma Heikkilä, Nanna Hellberg (Sweden),
Megan Hepburn (Canada), Jim Holyoak (Canada), Paavo Järvensivu, Riikka Keränen,
Antti Majava, Mayumi Niiranen-Hisatomi (Japan/Finland), Sandra Nyberg,
Sampsa Oinaala, Joanne Pang (Singapore), Nestori Syrjälä, Tommi Taipale,
Elina Tuhkanen, Tuomo Tuovinen.
Beauty astounds and pulls the heart’s focus toward the object, out of ourselves, out of this human-centred insanity toward wanting to keep the cosmos there for another spring and another morning.
This is the ecological emotion, and it is aesthetic and political at once.
-Quote from psychologist James Hillman (Alan Boldon article, Taide 02/2008).
MUSTARINDA Exhibition, cafeteria, Paljakka nature trail and Observation Tower.
Paljakantie 61, 89400 Hyrynsalmi