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The Listeners

Listeners environmental art project starts wed 27.6. and goes on until 14.7.2019. I will place Listeners, miniature sculptures, in three different beach locations in Helsinki. If you find a sculpture, you can take it home, if you will send me a photo of the sculpture in its new home or location. Map and more info: www.hybridea.net

Pia Männikkö: Listeners, 2019

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Landscape Machine in Kiasma

Coexistence, Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma´s collections new exhibition is now open. My work Landscape Machine is on show until 9.6.2019.

Pia Männikkö: Landscape Machine

From Kiasma guide:  A colourful rug spins in a never-ending loop on a metal frame. The artist Pia Männikkö tells about the work: “I was studying at the Glasgow School of Arts in Scotland. I often caught the train to visit exhibitions in Edinburgh, and part of the rail line between the two cities is quite densely overgrown; there are no buffer zones around the tracks, so the train literally brushes against the vegetation as its speeds by. Travelling by train is like air travel – no matter what country or continent you’re in, the view always looks the same. The piece comments on how we all share the same experience – and how small the world ultimately is.”

The rug is pieced together from thirty patches made by the artist using the traditional Finnish rya technique. The rolling rug is based on an old trick used in cinema and theatre: the background spins while the actors stay still, creating the illusion of movement. The mechanics were invented by the artist. When planning the design, she built miniature models and tested to see how fast the rug had to spin in order for the pattern to appear blurry.

Photo by Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Coexistence exhibition opens soon

The Coexistence exhibition opening in Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in April 2019 looks at the relationship between humans and nature. Environmental issues, nature, and human coexistence with other organisms are topics of long-standing interest in art, but they have recently come into sharper focus amid the eco-crisis of the 2000s. My work Landscape Machine will be in the exhibition until middle of June. The whole exhibition is open 26.04.2019 – 01.03.2020.

Pia_Mannikko_Landscape_Machine_openingImage from the Landscape Machine -exhibition opening in Huuto Gallery, 2016.