The best finds were parts of the broken technology of the past-world, metal and plastic intertwined and designed to do things that nothing in our present-world did anymore. – Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water
150 years of steadily increasing fossil fuel energy supply allowed us to believe that we had overcome nature. We can modify natural materials again and again, and move anything we want anywhere we want. Even the sky is not the limit.
But then, rapid climate change on a scale never seen before reminded us that we are still a part of nature. All production has consequences. Natural resources are being depleted and we are left with the waste.
It is ironic that it has taken the most advanced technology to help us detect the adverse effects of the fossil fuel industry on the atmosphere. In a similar way, we look at cultivated landscapes composed of square fields on square-shaped screens.
Apart from being so humiliating, the way that we try to adapt to the new situation is also rather amusing. The very basics of energy production, movement, living and eating must be learned. How is that chocolate we like to enjoy with our coffee really made, and what materials are required to make it?
We also have to learn things in new ways. The post-fossil era is characterized by becoming aware of fossil fuel connections and developing and testing new technologies and practices that are independent of it. All of this has to be achieved by people who have only experienced the fossil era.
The second part of the two-part exhibition is held at the Mustarinda House on June 17 – August 7, 2016. The exhibition’s artists, Michaela Casková, Alma Heikkilä, Mikko Itälahti, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Riikka Keränen, Jussi Kivi, Pauliina Leikas, Antti Majava, Mika Palonen, Sallamari Rantala, Nestori Syrjälä, Elina Tuhkanen, Tuomo Tuovinen and Laura Wesamaa are members of the Mustarinda Association. The first part was hosted by the gallery Sinne in Helsinki on April 29 – May 25, 2016.
Mustarinda is a collective that was founded by artists and researchers in 2009 with the aim of enhancing ecological and cultural diversity. Mustarinda House, which is located on the summit of Paljakka hill in Hyrynsalmi, provides the test bed for exhibition, residency, research and publication activities. The house is surrounded by primeval forest, which is protected for scientific research.
The energy for the exhibition is produced by the Mustarinda House’s six-kilowatt solar panels, geothermal heat and compost heat.
Welcome to the opening on June 16, 5-8pm. Acts by Talmud Beach, Elatu Nessa and Millennium Poster. From Helsinki, it is possible to travel to the opening with a biogas bus, for more information please contact Janne Kilpinen at email@example.com. Stay-overs possible in own tents on the yard.
How to arrive: www.mustarinda.fi/en/contact
FUNDING: Exhibition: Finnish Cultural Foundation | Frontiers in Retreat: Culture Programme of the European Union and Ministry of Education and Culture. | Mustarindas’s energy project: Kone Foundation.