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Leena oula
Time and River are alike

11 Dec 2019 17:00 — 19:00

Location: SOLU

Since 2009, the Bioart Society has been running art&science residency Ars Bioarctica at the Kilpisjärvi Biological station located in the Finnish subarctic/Sápmi. So far 204 artists, scientists and transdisciplinary working groups have attended the residency. The Time and River are alike exhibition offers a glimpse into this residency, mediated through video, audio and photo works by five artists.

The exhibition borrows its name from the video work Manifestations by artists Leena and Oula A. Valkeapää. The sentence is one of many poetic observations Oula, a Sámi reindeer herder has sent to his partner Leena via SMS while out in the fells with his reindeer. Manifestions is an intimate diary of the everyday life in the wilderness.

In her photographic series BASICS 2018, photographer Tarja Tella works with the landscape around Kilpisjärvi by substituting particular portions of the landscape with similar, yet alien, elements. The results range from playful observations to critical takes on the scales of human intervention into natural landscapes. 

All Depends on the Sun, originally conceived as a radio-play but presented here in video format is a work by Silvia Ploner and Nicolas Perret, an artist duo based in Berlin and Paris. They followed the rumor of sound produced by Aurora Borealis, creating a work that delves into this phenomenon with the aim to open up wider reflections on sound and listening.

In 2018, Amsterdam-based curator Alice Smits was part of the Second Order working group of Field_Notes, a field laboratory held at the Kilpisjärvi Biological station every second year. Following the work of her fellow groups with her camera, Smits devised a beautifully rough and fast portrait of the intense and intuitive field work done during the week.