The sampling of the works 1990-2017:
- Montreal Crossing 2018 in Re-excavations CDEx Elasticspaces UQAM Montreal, Canada.
Re-excavation reflects on archaeological methods of unearthing and digging up. With this exhibition project it is the urban landscape that is re-dug up. The present and past city is reconsidered, what has been found repurposed for its future. Urban space is uncovered, expanded and upturned, interpreted as an abstract diagram, as material residue, as rumours of past usages and activities, as oral accounts and lived experience.
In 2017 Marjatta Oja, Shoji Kato and Paul Landon developed new works for the exhibition Excavations at the Saariaho Järvenpää gallery in Helsinki. These works were drawn from reflections on Helsinki’s Viiskulma neighbourhood where the gallery is located, an area characterised by a five-corner intersection. This year’s exhibition project Re-excavations is built on new, site-specific, works by Kato, Landon and Oja as well as on new works by Expédition (Pépite & Josèphe) and Kévin Pinvidic. All of these works respond to material and structural characteristics of downtown Montréal.
Videos by Paul Landon
- Gibellina Ground 2018 in Growing A Language by Collective Intelligence, at Museo delle Treme Mediterranee, Fondazione Orestiadi Gibellina Sicily.
Video by Marjatta Oja
Metal, solar panels, audio players, speakers: technical designer Gregoire Rousseau.
Gibellina Ground emerges from a practice where the dialogue with local people leads to situational sculptures, strictly tied down to a specific context. After recording the verses and songs remembered by Gibellina residents, the sound files are buried underground. The verses are then released in the air by sunlight. The work wishes to symbolize the connection between the growth of memory and the ground that affects the lives of everyone.
La Terra di Gibellina
Metallo, pannelli solari, lettori audio, altoparlanti: il progettista tecnico Gregoire Rousseau.
La Terra di Gibellina emerge da una pratica in cui il dialogo con la popolazione locale ha come risultato delle sculture situazionali, strettamente legate a un contesto specifico. Dopo aver registrato i versi e le canzoni ricordate dai residenti di Gibellina, i file audio vengono sepolti sottoterra. I versi si sprigionano nell’aria grazie alla luce solare. Il lavoro vuole simboleggiare la connessione tra la crescita della memoria e l’influenza della terra sulla vita.
photos by Jytte Hill
- Palermo Park in Collective Intelligence 2018, Collateral events Manifesta 12 curated by Andrea Kantos in KaOz, video by Liisa Vähäkylä
3-6 round mosquito nets and video projections of local Interviews, 6-15 m3
The interviewed local people: restaurant owner Antonino Valenti from piazza Marina, librarian of the conservatoire Dario lo Cicero, artist Egle Oddo in the Giardino Garibaldi and novelist Giorgio Vasta in different places in the old town of Palermo.
In the interviews I asked local peoples’ relations to different places, which they had chosen in a way or other. The restaurant was inherited, the conservatory is the working place and the park has influenced artists: scene of life has been acted under the branches of the trees. These memories were glued together in long time. The mosquito nets, to which I am projecting those video interviews,signify to me the movement of life. The life of insects or life of the people, who have to find their way, in a way or other, next morning when they wake up under the shelter. Combining these two elements I see the switch of the values: The home becomes movable and memories become the stable entity, which leads us forward. It is important to listen to these memories with patience as well as learning new language.
photo by Marjatta Oja