(The exhibition is closed Thursday May 5th)
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 first part of the two-part exhibition will be hosted by Sinne gallery on 29.4-22.5.2016. The exhibition’s artists, Alma Heikkilä, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Riikka Keränen, Jussi Kivi, Pauliina Leikas, Antti Majava, Mika Palonen, Nestori Syrjälä, Tuomo Tuovinen and Laura Wesamaa are members of the Mustarinda Association.
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 electrical power for the exhibition is produced by Mustarinda House’s six-kilowatt solar panels, which charge the battery bank in the exhibition area.
The second part of the exhibition will open in Mustarinda House on 16 June 2016.