How does a person defend the particularity of one’s identity in a digitalized world? Hyperculture is the result of endless mixing of origins and ideas on the web. Hannaleena Heiska’s exhibition Camouflage touches not only the current theme of an individual’s right to privacy, but also the actual fluidity of identity. ”About a year ago I bumped into an article about an anti-facial recognition algorithm to conceal people’s identities with the help of make-up. The idea of hiding one’s true identity or even creating temporary one started to fascinate me.” (Continues…)

Lotta Wennäkoski’s Until the Dreams at times feels like a crowd assembled to shout at you, a comic play and a love song to Finland. Composed for the 90th anniversary of the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the 117-year-old Polytech Choir, Wennäkoski writes odes about love that almost soothe you, if her complex rhythms weren’t creating such a sense of excitement, even at times wonder. (Continues…)

The interrelations between mankind and nature set the ground for Peter Holliday’s photographic work. In his current exhibition The Mountain of Fire, featuring images from his series Where the Land Rises, he investigates themes of absence and remembrance by studying the volcanic eruption of Eldfell on the island of Heimaey in 1973 in Iceland. (Continues…)

Is sound at times too ephemeral to be taken as an art form? Our modern recordings of pop songs and performances have led us to take sound for granted – rhythms and melodies that never change. We forget that sound, including music, can also be art.  Sound and composition can be representational, and it can contain the same abstractions that you expect in representational art. (Continues…)

A selection of photographs and videos from Elina Brotherus’ series Règle du jeu (Rules of the game) is currently being exhibited at Galleria Heino in Helsinki. The series based on event scores, short scripts that set out the actions of the performance, was first exhibited at the photography gallery of the Pompidou Centre in Paris after Brotherus won the French Carte Blanche PMU prize in 2017. The competition brief was to analyze the world of games and to give it expression through the medium of images. The result is a collection of images that need to be read. (Continues…)

As a closure to Finland’s 100th independence year, visual artist Sanna Saastamoinen-Barrois, presents a documented series of her outdoor exhibition Swidden Rotation at Around Journal. The photographs printed on sailcloths survived from spring until late autumn in the national park of the fortress island Vallisaari. Time and place had a significant role in the presentation. This series adds yet another layer to her art: only at the end can the changes in the background, the seasons of nature, be made visible. (Continues…)

This year, WSOY has published classics of Finnish literature with new cover art. The project challenged key Finnish contemporary artists to create new covers from their own points of view. The 12 Classics project culminated in the Classics exhibition at Helsinki Contemporary. (Continues…)

Hand-drawn patterns are the basis of visual artist Martin Bergström’s work. He is an awarded fashion designer using his talent in the fields of interior, set and stage design. Organic materials and abstract forms mix in his work. Bergström regards his collections as a kind of exhibition – the garments themselves being his paintings and the textiles his paint. (Continues…)

Designer Kukka-Maria Kiuru’s concept of Creative Play Workshops can be seen as reaction against the seriousness of trends and popular culture recently. “For me, play is experimentation. In many cases in creative processes only the mind does the work, and decision making is based on the conscious mind. Coincidences don’t have a big role. I’d like to see more “handstorming” beside brainstorming.” (Continues…)

Often nuanced, sometimes perplexing and in wonderful ways beautifully textured, Hans Rosenström’s work is about the dimensions of being present in relation to different aspects of space and time. Examining complex issues such as the human need to control nature, the materialism of sound and the nature of our relationships with each other, the probing and self-challenging artist takes the viewer to the centre of questions such as our own role in shaping the world around us. (Continues…)