The Environmental Art unit of
the Department of Art at the University of Art and Design Helsinki
will organise an event focusing on environmental art in September
2003. The event is titled Fermentation
and will consist of three week-long workshops and a two-day seminar
and accompanying events.
alludes to the transformation taking place in areas around big city
centres. All over the world such areas
are losing, through the migration of population and restructuring
of economic life, their agrarian character without actually growing
into cities. Neither are they suburbs - their particular new identity
has not yet fully emerged. Another feature of these areas is that
they are used for transit from the city centre to the countryside
proper. They do not invite one to stay.
These intermediate areas, squeezed
between city and countryside, have not attracted the interest of
artists. Artists have traditionally preferred the city or the wilderness
as a site for their art works and happenings. Fermentation
is looking for means offered by environmental art to deal with these
rapidly changing, emergent intermediate areas.
The seminar will also discuss fermentation as a metaphor and how
well it describes other contemporary issues, such as the fusion
of mass media and the encounter of different languages and cultures.
Fermentation is meant for artists
interested in environmental art as well as environmental planners,
designers, researchers, administrators and students.
The aim is to further the interaction of these different groups
particularly through art. Can art function as a stimulus of environmental
discourse and as an instrument of environmental design and reshaping?
The workshops will
take place during 1st - 10th September 2003. Their languages will
be English and Finnish. A maximum of 15 participants per workshop
will be accepted and each workshop will produce one collaborative
artwork. The workshops are open to both Finnish and foreign students.
will take place during 11th and 12th September 2003 in the Sampo-auditorium
of the Lume Media Centre at Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki. The seminar
will be conducted in English and Finnish.
It is possible to participate
separately in either the workshops or the seminar. The workshops
are meant only for students, but their results will be exhibited
to the seminar participants.
to be made to Project Secretary Inka Finell at the address above
- or here. It is also possible to register
for the seminar daily during the workshops. Final date for workshop
registration is June 27th 2003.
Professor of Environmental Art
Head of Research