Coast Guard Girrls: Taken by the Wind 2020

WHAT WE DO?

● TAKEN BY THE WIND (2020).

A new project from The Coast Guard Girrls is born simultaneously with the current coronavirus pandemia. We as global people are now suddenly in the situation where we are staying in locked places, being emotional and afraid. All of this feels like a wartime zone. The world we trusted has altered, there is an invisible bad virus attacking us all, hiding in the corners. There is no smell, no taste, nothing to see, but we know it is there. We see the destruction it makes in our hospitals. We have to stay inside, there are no options, we may feel lonely, we are like living outside of our normal lives. But, in another way, this situation reminds the slow creation process of the artists: now at home there is time to evaluate our lives and our past life decisions.

In our ’Taken by the Wind’ project we interview and talk with people, we create new connections, we listen, we write, we draw, and film, because we appreciate and respect the ability of us everyone to think actively. What we as The Coast Guard Girrls would like to find are different options how we as people would like to live actively instead of staying passive in this new situation. Also we are interested in how we, as individuals, see our PostCovidien future? (M.Oja & R.Kevo)

● THE BREATH OF LAND (2020).

Personal video interviews with immigrants who still remember weather & climate conditions in the land of their origin. The videos will be projected in the space, to the transparent and moving curtains, which form situational sculptures. With this work we aim to intercommunication in the multilayered and complex structure of our contemporary society. (M.Oja)

● THE CITIES ON THE MOVE (2020) Question & Answers (Q&A) with the local politicians and urban planners living and working in different coastal EU-cities. Cities, which are under the threat of future sea level rise caused by climate change. These Q&A’s will be shown on the www-pages created for the project. With this project we want to present the preparedness or unpreparedness of the local decision makers and make this knowledge transparent for everyone to see. (R.Kevo)

● Additionally, IN THE WIND (2020). In Manifesta 13 Marseille we are also showing a new media work, In the Wind (2020). The authors of the work are artists Leena and Oula Valkeapää. This video work is a combination of poetry from the fells of Lapland and the Sámi tradition collected and combined with contemporary methods, using mobile phones. Valkeapääs’ work deals with the Sámi people living in Lapland with their unique way of understanding the concept of wind. The Valkeapääs’ work tells a story about the change of indiginious people in climate change. Leena Valleapää works as an environmental artist and Oula Valkeapää continues his family’s tradition of reindeer herding on the fells of Northern Lapland.

WHY?

The coronavirus epidemic is affecting our project. Due to the recent conditions we are dependent on internet information. The separation of people is the highest point of conceptual modern life and the reason for our project is now even clearer than ever before. We want to work for different kinds of solutions and make the world more human and environmentally sustainable as soon as it’s possible. We are looking for the PostCovidien World.

Our earlier ideas in January dealt with how a mass of ecological concern and other problems come from separating things from their origins. Our natural surroundings suffer from the fragmented and fast-paced world of today. We would like to bring back slower personal histories and inherited knowledge to better understand the current situation and seek for the change. We are pondering sudden and odd relationships between people in this climate change era. We are interested in new relationships, which are created by floods, earthquakes, rising sea levels and pandemics, all of which we are all facing voluntarily or not. We also want to take into account new cultural habits and verbal expressions emerging in these complex and multifaceted conditions.

WHERE?

We work in Helsinki and Turku. Also, we work during the biennial nomadic international art event MANIFESTA 13 (when the timetable is confirmed) in Marseille and/or in the other cities in the connection to Manifesta13 Les Parallels Sud in the collateral event ARKAD by Dimora OZ and Analogique (IT).

All our four projects will be shown together in one place, or separated in different places, as a one project by The Coast Guard Girrls.

WHEN?

Between June 2020 and November 2020, exact time will be announced 15.4.2020 for the Manifesta13. (Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, exhibition places of the different parts of the project will proceed and be confirmed later, in a flexible timetable).

WHO ARE WE?

The group ’The Coast Guard Girrls’ was formed in January 2020 by

• Marjatta Oja, artist-activist-post doc researcher

• Riikka Kevo, designer-activist-analyst