NORDIC OUTBREAK opened in New York City on March 1, 2013
NORDIC OUTBREAK is an exhibition of over 30 moving image artworks by established and emerging contemporary Nordic artists curated for public space. Organized by curators Tanya Toft and Nina Colosi, the exhibition and public programs launched in New York City at Times Square and public spaces and cultural centers throughout NYC. NORDIC OUTBREAK is touring the Nordic region and internationally, viewed as large projections and on screens in public spaces, on its website, and at partnering arts, cultural and architectural centers.
NORDIC OUTBREAK will tour across the Nordic Region between August and December 2013, produced in collaboration with guest curators Daniela Arriado, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Kati Kivinen and Jacob Lillemose. First stop: Helsinki, with a screening and public program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, August 21 – September 1, and a screen installation August 22-25 at Media Facades Festival Helsinki.
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Media Facades Festival Helsinki
August 21 – September 1, 2013
Danish Architecture Center
October 10-17, 2013
Reykjavik Art Museum
October 25-27, 2013
Screen City Festival
October 26-27, 2013
Katuaq The Cultural Centre of Greenland
December 5-22, 2013
to be announced
Video stills: Hannu Karjalainen,Towards an Architect (2010); Magnus Sigurdarson,1001 Dreams of Occupation (2012)
Video stills: Jette Ellgaard,West Coast (2009); J Tobias Anderson, The Wind (2009)
About the program in Helsinki
Performing Antinarratives, the theme of the Helsinki program, explores how our lives are built around narratives, real and imagined. Narratives structure and prescribe the rules of the “scenes” that we act in our lives, implying logic of order and invisible cultural “instructions”. Through narratives, we know what to expect, which conventions to follow and how to act in the world. Antinarratives, on the contrary, break with these conventions and allow for different constellations of meaning in our digitally re-organized world.Performing Antinarratives presents a series of performative moving image artworks that invite reflection on our time and presence in questioning the validity of our narratives. Through irony, absurdity and play with audience perspectives and expectations, the artworks call attention to traditional conventions of both filmic and cultural narratives, exploring new modes of performance that reflect how we perform in our everyday lives.
Seminar, August 21: Moving Image – Performing in public space
Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki, 5 pm to 7 pm
The seminar will include presentations and perspectives by Tanya Toft, curator of Nordic Outbreak; Minna Tarkka, director of Media Facades Festival Helsinki; Hanna Maria Anttila, director of AV-arkki and artists Hannu Karjalainen and Mar Canet & Varvara Guljajeva.
Screen Installation, Media Facades Festival Helsinki, August 22-24
Helsinginkatu 1, Sörnäinen metro station, Helsinki, daily 11 pm to 1 am (next day)
Screening Program, August 21-September 1
Mediateekki, Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki, during museum opening hours
Full program here
m NORDIC OUTBREAK have toured public locations in Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Hong Kong; 21 BBC Big Screens throughout the UK; Bucharest, Romania; Antarctica; other locations to be announced.