The Before, the Now and the Potential Future: Synthesis. A Lecture-performance on remote collaboration

From March 2020, together with the Helsinki Artists Association, we are testing the possibilities of remote artistic collaboration in the field of media art, accepting impossibilities and shortcomings, experimenting and drawing conclusions in the perspective of necessary change heralded by the pandemic turmoils.

The space of creation for Finnish artists Anna Nykyri and Kaisu Koivisto is Paweł Janicki’s algorithmic structure Synthesis. His work enables the integration of sound and visual components as well as live movement in the form of an audiovisual installation or performance, experienced locally and remotely.

Artistic and inter-institutional collaboration and its new models – along with issues arising from the REVERSO manifesto – is the overarching issue that the Synthesis project looks at. Looking for ways to approach a more sustainable production and presentation of art, we wonder if and how art can respond to the postulate of sustainable, environmentally conscious living? What effects can the post-pandemic regime of limitation and lack have on the idea of co-creation and co-authorship? Can a model based on temporary alliances between artists and art institutions, on their interaction mediated by video chat applications, bring new patterns to the creation of art and eits xperience by the audience? Anna Nykyri and Kaisu Koivisto fill in the algorithmic structure of Paweł Janicki’s Synthesis, integrating sound and visual components and live movement into the form of an audiovisual installation or performance, experienced locally and remotely. Acquiring new practical skills (programming in MaxMSP), the two artists work on the open form of the emerging work, and the results of the very process will be presented in the fall at the Oodi Library in Helsinki as part of the WRO 2021 Biennale showcase.

Kaisu Koivisto (FI), Anna Nykyri (FI)

Anna Nykyri graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, she also holds a Master’s degree in Choreography from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She works with moving image in the fields of visual arts, film industry, contemporary dance and theatre. She turns film and found footage into documentary films and cinematic video installations which often deal with social and corporeal issues, covering questions of freedom, gender, power and control. She’s interested in creative collaborations with artists (incl. choreographers, dancers) and institutions.

Kaisu Koivisto is a graduate of the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, where she lives and works. Her practice, rooted in the environment of her activity and inspired by the harshness of the northern climate, raises questions about the human relationship with nature and traces that technologies leave in it. She is interested in the past sites of geopolitical attention – abandoned military and industrial complexes, eroding and coexisting with bilogical life. She works with video, photography, drawing, sculpture and installation. Impermanence and transformation of materials link her screen works to spatial realizations, geometry, ornament, organicity are elements of her signature aesthetic.

Paweł Janicki (WRO)

Paweł Janicki — a member of the programme team at WRO Art Center — draws mainly on the achievements of music, contemporary and media art and posthumanist practice — but he constructs forms different from the existing ones. He engages a wide spectrum of techniques, approaches and protocols: creates works using synthetic senses, programming techniques — also in the modern, cognitive incarnation — and elements of space and material engineering. An important role in Janicki’s creativity is drawn from historical and current contexts — in particular the perceived history of art and something that could be called the history of thinking. more:

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