TUOMAS ALEKSANDER LAITINEN

TUOMAS A. LAITINEN

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Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen´s current work and research focuses on the entanglements of human and 

non-human coexistence. He constructs situations and installations that are exploring the porous interconnectedness of language, body, and matter within morphing ecosystems.

 

Laitinen´s works have been recently shown in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, 7th Bucharest Biennale, SADE LA (Los Angeles), Amado Art Space (Seoul), Moving Image New York, Art Sonje Center (Seoul), Helsinki Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, MOCA Shanghai & Cinemateca do MAM Rio de Janeiro.

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Exhibitions 2018:

~21st Biennale of Sydney, March­­–June 2018,

Curated by Mami Kataoka, https://www.biennaleofsydney.art

~Solo exhibition @ Amado Art Space, May, Seoul, South Korea, curated by Kim Sung woo

~OLHO III, Tentacular, CINEMATECA DO MAM (MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA DO RIO DE JANEIRO)

Curated by Vanina Saracino and Alessandra Bergamaschi, http://www.olho.ooo/tentacular/

~Solo exhibition at Turku Art Museum Darkroom

Articles and publications:

~Mousse Magazine 60:

Light Play: Twisting Reality and Deepening Narrative through Augmentation by Nora N. Khan

featuring  Meriem Bennani, Ian Cheng, Tuomas A. Laitinen, Yasaman Sheri and Martine Syms

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

~Soils, Séances, Sciences and Politics , On the Posthuman and New Materialism, Edited by Kristiina Koskentola, http://www.randian-online.com/np_announcement/sssp/

~Away with Nature, A text written by Jenni Nurmenniemi and Tuomas A. Laitinen for the Finnish Architectural Review.  https://www.ark.fi/en/digital-issue-archive/3366-natures-uu-aa-3

Fall 2017:

~Chart Art Fair Film Program, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. CHART ART FAIR FILM will extend beyond the dates of the fair and will be included as part of Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s programme until mid October. 

 http://chartartfair.com/chart-art-fair-film/

~Carte Blanche 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.

~Fiber & Liquids, an online exhibition curated by Jens Geiger, Jennifer Smailes, Viktoria Tiedeke. Link: http://www.fiberandliquids.tv

~Frontiers in Retreat group exhibition, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea,

curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi

Info: http://www.frontiersinretreat.org/edge-effects/exhibitions

~Gallery Sinne, solo exhibition, Helsinki

~Group exhibition ARS17, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

~Group Exhibition, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany, curated by Martin Born

Exhibitions and screenings in 2017:

~Rovaniemi Art Museum, Wihuri foundation collection display

~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

~A Porous Share, Solo show at Helsinki Contemporary

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

2016

~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

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.

~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, solo exhibition at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Dossier of Osmosis, 2018

Dossier of Osmosis,  2018

Mixed media installation with ultrasonic speakers

Exhibition view: 21st Biennale of Sydney,

MCA Australia, curated by Mami Kataoka

Text: Nora N. Khan

Costume design: Julia Valle

Voice: Deborah Birch

Glass: Lasismi / Joonas Laakso 

Production assistant: Paul Flanders

Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney

Courtesy the artist and Helsinki Contemporary, Finland

CRYPTOSPORES, 2018

Dossier of Tentacular, 2018

Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen: 

Cryptospores

Amado Art Space, Seoul, South Korea

25.5. – 1.7.2018

Curated by Kim Sung Woo

 

The exhibition Cryptospores is a compilation of objects, sounds, and language that engages with questions of co-existence of human and non-human beings in their perpetually morphing diversity. The different parts of the exhibition come together as an ecosystem of porous interconnectedness. As a whole, it is a call to dissolve the artificial boundaries between language and materiality. 

 

At the core of the exhibition is a collaboration with artist cook Ara Ahn. She has designed experimental fermentation recipes and processes that are displayed in glass containers, slowly growing in a continuous transformation of matter. In these works, two different time-scales are at play: the geological time of the glass, an amorphous liquid, and a more accelerated pace of fermentation.

 

The other focal point is a sound installation Cryptospores (for glass and voice). It appears as a creaturely ambient voice composed of sliced human speech and recordings of glass materials that were used in the production of the exhibition. The voices have been transformed—through spectral filters and generative tools—into a fecund and unpredictable organism that plays itself. These sounds are seeds that are dispersed into three separate spaces as an invitation to a deep listening process.

 

The name of the exhibition is referring to fossilised plant spores that first appeared in the fossil record in the late Ordovician period, allowing a glimpse to the myriad forms of earliest land flora.

Cryptospores (for glass and voice), 2018

3-channel sound installation, 3 rooms, fog

Dossier of Tentacular, 2018

Single channel video

5.1 sound, duration 10:45

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Liminal Cluster, 2017

Liminal Cluster, 2018

Video Installation with glass objects

Group exhibition,

Frontiers in Retreat - Edge Effects Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea

Curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi

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Receptor, 2017

Receptor, 2017

4-channel video installation

Exhibition view

ARS 17, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

A Porous Share, 2017

Thicket, 2016

A Porous Share, 2017

Exhibition view, Helsinki Contemporary

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Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Thicket, 2016

A site specific generative video installation

Loop, silent

Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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 transmit the human sensorial experience of the world and affects how we can perceive and relate to our environment. The human existence has always been accompanied and thoroughly mediated by many materials that act as transmitting substances in sensing and orientating in the world. A specific material catalyses a particular type of sensory alliance, and human civilisations have evolved along with the constant introduction of new technologies based on particular materialities.

LTC, 2016

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

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 humanmade 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

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)

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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 about air pollution, climate, and how  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 economic 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 performers beam a pre-recorded sound with ultrasonic speakers to visitors. The activators have a set of rules on how to react to the audience movement in the space. The sound in the installation is a compilation of reconstructed e-mails on the subject of copper mining and the circulation of substances in an organism. This piece was a companion work to the video installation Conductor.

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

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

HD video, silent, loop

Duration: 5’30”

Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Azure Dune presents a blend of an imagined desert landscape and the textures of azurite, that is one of the ores from which copper can be extracted. It is a meditation on the transformation of the ecosystem affected by climate change, human activity and deep time processes.

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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MAP/MAZE, 2012 

Steel, magnet, motor, wood

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