Jordi Colomer: Ei tulevaisuutta / No Future, 2006
© Jordi Colomer
Stars of Media Art
4 Dec 2013 – 26 Jan 2014
Now in ripe middle age, media art is doing better than ever. Taking over both floors of the Tennis Palace Art Museum, the Play exhibition showcases twelve internationally acclaimed artists, both established veterans and new names. Their works demonstrate the wide spectrum of expression embraced by contemporary media art.
The sources of inspiration of the featured artists range from cinema and theatre to the game industry and sculpture, their themes from the experience of spirituality and dislocated versions of everyday events to the relationship between humanity and nature. They offer us humour, intellectual challenges and powerful experiences. The oldest work on show is Destroyed by Tony Oursler from 1995, the most recent an installation created specifically for this exhibition by Charles Sandison.
All works on show were selected by Jorma Saarikko, a pioneer of audiovisual presentation technology. In a career spanning 30 years, he has become one of the few top professionals in the field and a trusted collaborator for many artists. He has created technical solutions for countless top international artists. The pieces he has selected for this exhibition are all ones that have touched him personally.
“I wanted to highlight works that exemplify the aesthetics of technology. In them all, the presentation technology is as inconspicuous as possible, while its functionality is an important part of the experience of the work.”
Many of the works on show also involve an element of personal satisfaction for Saarikko, who has taken part in the design of their technical systems. The concept is also exceptional in the sense that this may well be the first art exhibition in Finland ever to be curated by a technician.
The featured artists are Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Kjersti G. Andvig, Kari Cavén, Jordi Colomer, Sebastian Diaz Morales, A K Dolven, Marcellvs L, Aernout Mik, Tony Oursler, Charles Sandison, Fiona Tan and Magnus Wallin.
A K Dolven : 2:57, 2001
© The artist, courtesy carlier, gebauer
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Anne, Aki ja Jumala / Anne, Aki and God, 1998
© Crystal Eye Ltd, Helsinki