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  • FINNISH FOREST - SOURCE OF ART

    FINNISH FOREST - SOURCE OF ART
    WOOD/INSTALLATION SYMPOSIUM - Spring 2008

    an art project with and in the forest
     

    The Finnish forests are the green gold of Finland and all over the country forestry is traditional and practical. The maintenance of the forestry defines the country side. Living in Finland is living with  the forest and with wood. There is a long tradition in working with wood and using it in daily life.

    On the top of the biggest monolith of Europe, around Saksala ArtRadius there are younger and older forests in all stages of maintenance. These conditions are inviting to develop different solutions in maintaining the area. Art centre Saksala ArtRadius is planning a project to develop an artistic and innovative use of the forest and wood to keep the connection with this important aspect of Finland interesting for everyone. In the project, artists, children, teachers, local citizens and tourists can participate - investigating, designing, developing, working and playing.

    In an exchange between Finnish and foreign artists it will be possible to discover unexpected elements of nature, forests and lakes and to create significant artworks as a result of this interaction. The artistic view is the basis of the project. With (Finnish and foreign) artists it will possible to find creative solutions which can inspire others (users, visitors etc.) The exchange between Finnish and foreign artists will be fruitful in having the native experience interact with foreign interpretations which will result in unexpected solutions. In 2007 the art centre started to realize a LABYRINTH, situated in a young neglected forest. This moment there are parts to which people have access. The paths are only the beginning; the LABYRINTH will be an artistic experience for different groups of artists. They will bring their personal view on different aspects, as well as parts, of the LABYRINTH and create an inspiring place where art guides the perception of a common field.

    In 2009 the art centre will actually develop the LABYRINTH and the CHILDREN’S FOREST. Both are related to each other. The LABYRINTH is not traditional in Finland, but this forest invites creating a mystical place where artists can explore their vision on the woods. During the WOOD/INSTALLATION SYMPOSIUM in the spring of 2008 artists will be invited to add new elements in an artistic sense to the LABYRINTH. Through visual art the location will be transformed and visitors will be invited to participate in the scene, created by artists.  Supplemented with (old) poetry, literature, fairy tales, theatre, songs and music a new ‘sound’ can created.

    It will be a striking location of a high artistic level and it will show and open ways to find the natural feelings with the forest. By this way the definition of the forest will be raised to an extra ‘artistic’ level and the connection with nature will be on hand for all who want to identify with nature.

    During the symposium artists will design installations in the LABYRINTH.

    The art centre will invite artists to stay during 3-6 weeks in the art centre to have time to work together and to develop their vision on good constructed installations. With the help of professional technicians the results will exist for a long period.

    The forest will acquire mystery for the active participant in the maze, to discover and to find old and new values to keep as a source of inspiration.


    sculptor Mari Shields

    The aim of the symposium is to refine the basic layout of the present labyrinth. This layout has been designed by Ulrika Sparre (Sweden) and Irene Anton (Germany) in 2007. Their assignment was to organize the labyrinth in such a way as to leave space for later refinements by other artists.

    We have selected possible locations for site specific art to be implemented during the symposium period. The works to be realized must form a symbiosis with the environment of the labyrinth, but at the same time they must function as an unexpected encounter for the observer.

    The schedule which we advise for the coming symposium is 4 days for deliberation and conception of the proposal which will be discussed with us. After this initial phase there will be 1 week time to do the practical work and fine-tune the allocated space(s). This work will encompass the necessary clearing of brush and the building/construction of the work/installation(s). Manual assistance will be organized by us at that time.

    THE CALL IS CLOSED

    Curator of this symposium is the sculptor Lucien den Arend living and working in Kangasniemi.
    A.I.E.S.M. manager for Finland.

     

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