TUOMAS A. LAITINEN

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Still image from Deep Time Séance, 2015

 

TUOMAS A. LAITINEN

ARTIST

 

This website is a  portfolio of recent projects from 2014-2015

There will be more works available here in the future.

 

For older works and blog go to

www.tuomaslaitinen.net

 

Gallery: Helsinki Contemporary www.helsinkicontemporary.com

 

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Coming up in 2016-2017:

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

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

7th Bucharest Biennale, 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 festival→ ABYSS: Splinters in the Depth
13-21 May 2016, http://www.la-bas.fi/

32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival (May 31st – June 06 2016), via AV-Arkki distribution

29th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, April, 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

Solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Germany and Finland in 2017. Group exhibitions and screenings in China & Germany. Further details available in the spring 2016.

Recent activities

2016

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

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Market Screenings, AV-ARKKI distribution

 

2015

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.

November/December: Sensory Adaptation Devices, Solo show @ SADE LA, Los Angeles,

November/December: screenings in Helsinki and Paris via AV-Arkki

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

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.

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)

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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