Johanna Ruotsalainen & Simi Susanna Ruotsalainen: I Am a Living Being // Anne Yoncha: Re:Peat III | 11.6.–4.7.2020

Video installation I Am a Living Being by Johanna Ruotsalainen & Simi Susanna Ruotsalainen and Re:Peat III by Anne Yoncha at Art Centre KulttuuriKauppila until 4 July as part of Art Ii Biennial 2020.

Anne Yoncha: Re:Peat III

Re:Peat III is a series of works resulting from art-science collaboration between visual artist Anne Yoncha and researchers Oili Tarvainen, Anne Tolvanen, and Anna-Liisa Välimaa of Natural Resources Institute Finland. The works showcase Yoncha’s observations from the long-term collaboration with the group, highlighting the layered and complex structure of the peatland mat and the relationships between the present moss structures and grass species. The works show the muscular nature of Sphagnum moss when viewed up close, in contrast with the sandy texture of peat-ash, the industrial by-product created when burning the peat for fuel and the restoration additive to neutralize soil pH. The colours in the works are created e.g. by mixing the peat ash with acrylic paint.

Anne Yoncha is an American artist from Delaware, who was a Fulbright student fellow at the Natural Resources Institute Finland the past year working with restorationists to make collaborative art-science work about former peat extraction sites outside Oulu. Her practice combines digital sensing technology, such as bio-data sonification, and analog, traditional processes including painting with ink she makes from locally-sourced plant-matter. Yoncha completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Montana in 2019, and she will begin work as Assistant Professor in the Art Department at East Central University this fall.

Johanna Ruotsalainen & Simi Ruotsalainen: I Am a Living Being

I Am a Living Being is a video installation by artists Johanna Ruotsalainen and Simi Susanna Ruotsalainen. The artwork consists of animated human-like facial features illustrating the imagined portrait of ”the earth” projected on the bed of soil, gravel and dirt. The earth is talking about their rights and rights of other beings related to them. The speech is modified from Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth. By giving a human-like face to the earth, the artists want to emphasize nature’s worth and demonstrate that the earth has similar rights to exist and not to be exploited, as humans and animals. Is it easier to accept these rights, if they look like us and speak our language?

Johanna Ruotsalainen is composer, visual artist and senior lecturer in music in Oulu UAS. Ruotsalainen has participated in many internationally established festivals as invited artist in recent years and has collaborated with some of the most acclaimed contemporary performers. Simi Susanna Ruotsalainen is media-artist, independent filmmaker and photographer from Rovaniemi, Finland. Their main medium is video art, especially combining photography with drawn animation. Ruotsalainen’s art is often related to Northern and Arctic areas, environmental issues and feminism.

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11 June – 14 June 2020
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