Tuomas A. Laitinen

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Sweet Spot of No Escape, 2015





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Gallerist: www.helsinkicontemporary.com






Contact: tuomasaleksander(a)gmail.com


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Recent news:

AQNB feature of A Porous Share, solo exhibition at Helsinki Contemporary


Exhibitions and screenings in 2017:

Hybrid Art Fair + Espacio Naranjo + Proyecto SeAlquila, Madrid

Extension group show, Triumph Gallery, Moscow

Extension group show, NCCA, Novgorod

Screening, Southbank Centre, London

Thermocene, Solo show, Finnish Institute in Berlin w/ Raumlabor Berlin

Solo show at Helsinki Contemporary

Group exhibition ARS17, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

No Vacancy II, group show, Alt Esc, Brooklyn, New York

Carte Blnche at Le Cyclop, Milly-la-Forêt, France, curated by Julia Geerlings,  Featuring the films of Feiko Beckers, Joseph Beuys, Francesa Grilli, Roderick Hietbrink, Tuomas A. Laitinen.

Rovaniemi Art Museum, collection display


Recent exhibitions and activities:


Residency, ISCP, New York, July 2016 – December 2016

CHART | ART FAIR 2016, Copenhagen, Aug 26th – 28th

7th Bucharest Biennale, Curated by Niels Van Tomme http://www.bucharestbiennale.org
New Horizons IFF, European short films competition, July 2016, Poland

S.O.S. Save Our Souls, Art for a Time of Urgencies, Seoul, Korea 24–29 May, Curated by Pontus Kyander

Kiasma–Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Collection exhibition, April 2016 – January 2017

LÀ-BAS performance festival→ ABYSS: Splinters in the Depth, Helsinki http://www.la-bas.fi/

32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2016, AV-Arkki distribution

29th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, 2016, AV-Arkki distribution

62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 5.-10.5. 2016, AV-Arkki Distribution

Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine, April, via AV-Arkki distribution

Best Regards, ti-la2016, Jyväskylä

Material Art Fair 2016, Mexico City, with SADE LA gallery

International Film Festival Rotterdam, AV-ARKKI distribution



The Earthbound @ Cannonball, Miami, hosted by Dwelling Projects.

A group exhibition curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk

Meditations & Spells, group exhibition, Ytan international, Västerös, Sweden. Curated by Toni Ledentsa.

Sensory Adaptation Devices, Solo show @ SADE LA, Los Angeles

In Other Worlds, group show, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

Deep Time Séance @ Kiasma Theatre, curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi

Mildura Palimpsest Biennale w/Kristian Haggblom, Mildura, Australia

Moderate Hardness, Solo show @ Helsinki Contemporary

Moving Image Fair, New York

Deep Time Seance @ Residency Unlimited, New York, Curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi

Residency at Villa Karo, Benin

Al Dente, Solo show @ Sign Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

Frontiers in Retreat - Excavations @ HIAP, Helsinki, curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi

Fundamental Matter, major solo exhibition at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art

LTC, 2016

Thicket, 2016

Thicket, 2016

A site specific generative video installation

Loop, silent

Photo: Jussi Tiainen

LTC (Liminal Toxicity Cluster)

ISCP open studios 2016, Brooklyn

Including but not limited to:

Video, Various scrim screens, Extracts from a correspondence with an online service that helps customers to establish offshore companies, Phosphophyllite Lithium, Uranium glass, Wooden hand, Copper infused arthritis glove, Cardboard

Illustrations of stone age tools in relation to human skull size, Support structure, Lab stand and Motor.


Sensory Adaptation Devices, 2015

Sensory Adaptation Devices, 2015

Exhibition view, SADE LA, Los Angeles


‘Sensory Adaptation Devices’ is a constellation of sculptural, video, installation, and sound works. The exhibition examined how the use of particular materials transmits the human sensorial experience of the world and affects the ways in which we are able to perceive and relate to our environment. The human existence has always been accompanied and thoroughly mediated by countless materials that act as transmitting substances in sensing and orientating in the world. A certain material catalyzes a certain type of sensory alliance and human civilizations have evolved along with the constant introduction of new technologies based on specific materialities.


Glass, copper, sugru

Sensory Adaptation Devices

Exhibition view, SADE LA, Los Angeles



Deep Time Séance 1-2, 2015

Residency Unlimited, New York and Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki

Deep Time Séance: Contamination is a gathering that meditates the circulation and accumulation of manmade toxins, the increasing pollution of our everyday surroundings, of places that feel distant to us and of our increasingly plastic bodies. The séance is organised as part of /theatre.now festival that takes place on Oct 14–18 at Kiasma Theatre. The theme of this year’s festival is climate change.


In the early years of the 20th century, a séance signified a ritualistic session for communicating with the spiritual world. This séance, however, is a performative installation that collides rational and magical tactics in order to encounter the pervasive uncertainty and the ecological concerns of our contemporary reality. Various artistic means are merged ranging from video art, improvised live music, circulating sculptural objects to poetry, choreography and reiki healing.


Deep Time Séance: Contamination includes a site-specific, performative installation by Tuomas A. Laitinen, Matti Ahopelto, Tapio Viitasaari and Anna Rawlings, circulating energy objects and text by Jaakko Pallasvuo, choreography by Laura Jantunen and a collective reiki session conducted by Pia Lindman. The séance is curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi (HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme) as part of Frontiers in Retreat (2013–2018), a multidisciplinary project around ecologies and contemporary art.


Working Group: Matti Ahopelto (Siinai), Tuomas A. Laitinen, Tapio Viitasaari, Anna Rawlings: video, music, performance; Jaakko Pallasvuo: energy objects, text; Pia Lindman: reiki; Laura Jantunen: choreography; Jenni Nurmenniemi: curation

Deep Time Seance @ Residency Unlimited, New York

The Powder of Sympathy, 2015

The Powder of Sympathy, 2015

HD video, stereo sound

Duration: 8’36”

In the collection of Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art


The video tracks the mythical and chemical characteristics of copper. Beginning with its healing properties then progressing to its conductive role in the development and continuity of electricity-dependent modern societies, the work’s occasionally disrupted images dissolve into entropy.


Credits: Tuomas A. Laitinen (Director, Editor, Sound Design, Music), Matti Ahopelto (Music),  Jenna Sutela (Text), Yuan Z (Actor),  AVEK / - (Funder), HIAP / - (Funder), TAIKE / - (Funder)

Contaminator, 2015

Contaminator, 2015

Two channel video installation

Half transparent scrim screen, corner projection

Duration: 17 min

Exhibition view, SADE LA, Los Angeles


Contaminator is a 3D-animation addressing the issues of air pollution, climate and how the events in the atmosphere affect and modify our bodies.

Conductor, 2014–2015

Conductor 2014­–2015

Four channel film installation

Sharkstooth gauze screens Architectural structure 5.1. Sound

Duration: 27 min

Photo: Ari Karttunen / EMMA


Conductor is examining the transformation and passages of matter and shifts in power structures of the world. In the core of the piece is copper, a material which has a long history ranging from  alchemist traditions to being one of the core materials in contemporary life. Among other things, it is a conductor of elemental energy and indicator for economical transitions.

Sweet Spot of No Escape, 2014–2015

Sweet Spot of No Escape 2014-2015

Ultrasonic sound installation

Performers, space, ultrasonic speakers, subwoofer

Costume design: Daniel Palillo

Exhibition view: Tuomas A. Laitinen, Fundamental Matter, EMMA-Espoo Museum of Modern Art


Two persons are loitering in a space. They beam the sound with ultrasonic speakers to the audience with specific set of rules on how to react to their movement in the space.

Azure Dune (For J.G. Ballard), 2015

Azure Dune (for J. G. Ballard), 2015

HD video, silent, loop

Duration: 5’30”

Photo: Jussi Tiainen


A 3D animation blending an imagined desert landscape to the textures of azurite, which is one of the ores from which copper can be extracted.

A Room for You, 2015


A Room for You, 2015


LED light, DMX controller, copper objects, canvas

In the collection of HAM – Helsinki Art Museum

Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Kimmo Modig & Tuomas A. Laitinen: Landlording, 2015 –


Landlording is an online tv series following the life and projects of Kimesco, a young real estate developer and investor.

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