Plant Measures – Exhibition

Plant Measures is an invitation to reconnect to the vegetal world that surrounds us everywhere, all the time. Dedicating this exhibition to plants is also a way to acknowledge and witness their often unnoticed presence. The works combine speculative, playful, pata-scientific and geometric elements into a celebration of plants’ versatility and excellence. Find an overview of the exhibition here. Welcome to Finlayson Art Area – … Continue reading Plant Measures – Exhibition

Fish Skins in Hyrynsalmi

In the spring, the light in Finland is spectacular. The sun is strong and reflected by snow and ice that only slowly starts to melt. In the pristine environment of the Eastern region of Kainuu, Hanna Kaisa and myself did our yearly practice of tanning, making leather with the skins of local fish. When working with fish, it is important to keep everything on the … Continue reading Fish Skins in Hyrynsalmi

Workings on Relocation

During the residency at WP Zimmer, we gave attention to a habitat that is very artificial as it is man made but at the same time, seriously threatened and might disappear. We concentrated on the biotope in and around the cooling towers of nuclear power plants. In particular, we researched the nuclear facilities Tihange, located in Huy, Belgium. This reactor belongs to a generation of … Continue reading Workings on Relocation

Diversifying and Locating Relocation

From February 14th to 27th, the Institute for Relocation of Biodiversity is furthering its artistic research. Together with Bartaku and Bach Nguyen we will sharpen concepts and open up new ideas related to widening the notion of biodiversity and involve new species and terms that represent diversity. During the residency we get inspired by selected texts, explore relevant locations in Belgium, engage in hands-on experiments … Continue reading Diversifying and Locating Relocation

Autumn in Mänttä

At the end of September the Flowerclock was in full bloom. The autumn in Finland has been mild with no frosts. For the ending of the season, a full day at the installation was reserved with some harvesting of seeds, flowers, roots – some colours, shapes and of course: greeting of the visitors from the insect world. The harvesting took place on September 30th 2021. … Continue reading Autumn in Mänttä

Flower Clock 2021

The installation “who will pollinate the flower clock” was commissioned by XXV Mänttä Contemporary Art Festival for the summer of 2021. It is a re-enactment of a concept that is attributed to Carl van Linné, an 18th century botanist who worked and lived in Uppsala, Sweden. In his botanic garden, he planted various flowers that would open and close their petals at certain moments of … Continue reading Flower Clock 2021

Vegetal Speed Dating, Event # 3

In front of the Museum Pekilo in Mänttä, the flower clock installation has been thriving in the Finnish summer, as part of the XXV Mänttä Contemporary Art Festival. On Friday 30th of July 2021, a performative event took place, right next to it, in collaboration with The Hot Box. It featured five flowering plants that were available for a romantic date – vegetal speed dating. … Continue reading Vegetal Speed Dating, Event # 3

Building the Flower Clock

In May 2021, the flower clock installation was set up in Mänttä (Finland), in front of the Pekilo Museum. The installation consists of eleven different plants that are endemic to Finland, display circadian rhythms and are pollinator friendly. The installation is part of the XXV Mänttä Contemporary Art Festival. On the last weekend of July 2021, the performative intervention Vegetal Speed-Dating, Event Nr. 3 takes … Continue reading Building the Flower Clock

L’utile, le nuisible et le Suisse

The useful, the harmful and the Swiss is a durational performance in Lausanne, Switzerland. Saturday 19.06.2021, 12h-19h The firebug is an insect that is easily encountered. However, despite his widespread appearance little is known about this creature.It impresses his predators and observers alike with a distinct black and red design, inspiring a variety of names for it, in French: le gendarme, le Suisse, le cordonnier, … Continue reading L’utile, le nuisible et le Suisse