Amanda Schmitt:

Future Delay

JUNE 7 – JULY 7, 2019 HELSINKI CONTEMPORARY

CURATOR: AMANDA SCHMITT

ARTISTS: MADELINE HOLLANDER, PEARLA PIGAO, HANS ROSENSTRÖM

MADE POSSIBLE BY: THE FINNISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE IN NEW YORK THROUGH THEIR MOBIUS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM & HELSINKI CONTEMPORARY THROUGH THE HC GUEST CURATOR PROGRAM IN COLLABORATION WITH HIAP – HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PROGRAMME & ZODIAK – CENTER FOR NEW DANCE

SUPPORTED BY: KONE FOUNDATION & OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY

Future Delay departs from the work of media pioneers and theoreticians Paul Ryan and Erkki Kurenniemi who dedicated their careers to exploring cybernetics and positing the future potential of technological immortality, mobilizing their experiments through the work of three contemporary artists. The exhibition —featuring sonic sculpture, performance, and site-specific installations — will be interactive in nature, inviting the visitor’s participation and even causing them to question whether they are responding to the new media-based work, or if the work is responding to them. The feeling may be similar to the effect of a time delay, but entirely different. As this cannot be put entirely into words, the visitor is invited to explore the concept physically.

Pearla Pigao, RD2 – 5DXA – 4DXF, 2019. Photo by Jussi Tiainen. Courtesy of the artist and Helsinki Contemporary.
Pearla Pigao, RD2 – 5DXA – 4DXF, 2019. Photo by Jussi Tiainen. Courtesy of the artist and Helsinki Contemporary.

Amanda Schmitt has invited three artists to participate in the exhibition. The New York based artist and choreographer Madeline Hollander will work in tandem with local dancers to present a choreographic performance that will take place in the gallery throughout the month. The Norwegian artist and artisan Pearla Pigao will present a sonic sculpture consisting of three textile works that react to the movements of the visitors to the gallery, inviting them to participate and create a soundscape of their own. Hans Rosenström, a Finnish artist based in Stockholm and represented by Helsinki Contemporary, will create for the exhibition a site-specific binaural sonic installation. Works by Hollander and Pigao are presented for the first time in Finland.

Madeline Hollander, Future Delay, 2019. Photo by Jussi Tiainen. Courtesy of the artist and Helsinki Contemporary.
Madeline Hollander, Future Delay, 2019. Photo by Jussi Tiainen. Courtesy of the artist and Helsinki Contemporary.

Future Delay is made possible by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York through its MOBIUS Fellowship Program and Helsinki Contemporary through its Guest Curator Program. Additional support is provided by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Program by hosting Madeline Hollander's residency in June 2019 and by Zodiak – Center for New Dance by announcing an Open Call for performers for Hollander’s new choreographic work. Office for Contemporary Art Norway has provided support for Pearla Pigao’s work.

Hans Rosenström, Suusta suuhun, 2019. Sound installation. Photo by Jussi Tiainen. Courtesy of the artist and Helsinki Contemporary.
Hans Rosenström, Suusta suuhun, 2019. Sound installation. Photo by Jussi Tiainen. Courtesy of the artist and Helsinki Contemporary.

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