Break 3: Opening at MUU Gallery
on Friday 14th January
Feeling the heat (or listening to it?)
THU - FRI 13.-14.1.05
Installation of the exhibition. Difficulties in getting everyone
together in the gallery Minna was working part of the time
and Simo encountering problems elsewhere with finishing his work.
First a table from HIAP to MUU with two taxis, like night and day:
the first one straightforwardly unhelpful while the second just
wonderful. Chris and Abigail laboured away in the gallery, with
occasional help in sawing etc from Taru. Meanwhile Inka, gallery
assistant, did an amazing job with getting our poster finished and
printed on time for the opening. Thursday evening over pints of
beer, after a round 12 hours in the gallery, finally Taru, Abigail
and Simo shared a sense of relief and satisfaction. This was slightly
too early, as was proven on Friday. Luckily Richard arrived in the
afternoon and gave a hand with shopping, painting etc. The work
was up and the gallery hoovered about a minute before the opening.
Minna was grateful for Abigails encouragement and opinions
that helped her in the installation and the reshaping of the title
of the work.
Opening at MUU. Great, with lots of people, nearly too many for
the small gallery. Continued the party at the nearby bar of a museum,
Taidehalli, where a considerable portion of Helsinki art world was
celebrating another exhibition opening.
Dinner at Sikala again. A pattern of certain key locations
is emerging here, no doubt. Everyone seemed very happy with the
opening and the exhibition as a whole. It was time now to start
reflecting on what we had actually done, or where doing. Part of
the table had an indepth debate about whether the approaches by
artists from Helsinki and London could be distinguished in terms
of emotional or personal against detached engagement. No solutions,
but a lot of food for the discussion at brunch the next day. Also
some concerns were raised about the group dynamics, as now some
people had been working much closer together and had considerably
more time to exchange ideas etc than some others. Particularly Anu,
but also to some extent Isaac and Irit, had not been able to take
part in all the stages of the project so far. How this complexity
of different kinds of exchanges, or impossibility of them, could
be reflected on and turned into an integral aspect and a positive
challenge in the project? After all of this the curator was boring,
old and tired, and retired to bed, but the artists continued to
dance till morning.
(image from Sikala?)
After the brunch discussion Simo and Richard talked
about the next step for the "Stencil Writings" piece for
the show in London. Richard suggested that the writings should actually
be sprayed on walls in the city as how the original proposal is.
He even made half a promise to be the look-out.