Learning Village 2015. Photo: Irmeli Aro
Katrin Olina's residency with Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory (ADD)
HIAP Osmosis project explores new forms of learning and participation. In the framework of Osmosis, HIAP residencies intertwine with the curriculum of several schools and educational institutions, offering learning and networking opportunities for students and researchers. Osmosis approaches education and learning from a multidisciplinary perspective, through visual arts, design and curating.
The programme is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Learning Village Sveaborg is a week long event which explores the ways in which we want to work and live together. The event is organised by members of the international Art of Hosting community at HIAP’s premises in Suomenlinna. Art of Hosting is a nonprofit, self organised network which focuses on learning, developing and facilitating participatory leadership and different communal processes. Learning Village event has been organised in Suomenlinna twice, in March 2015 & May 2016.
Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK
HIAP has collaborated with the British Council and Helsinki Design Week starting from 2012, offering UK-based practitioners a residency in Helsinki. In 2015 the collaboration has been expanded by inviting a newly graduated designer from UdK Berlin, Iohanna Nicenboim, for a one-month residency in Helsinki which coincides with the Helsinki Design Week. Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK (Berlin University of the Arts) is one of the largest and and most diversified universities of the arts world-wide, with four colleges specialising in fine arts, architecture, media and design, music and the performing arts.
Art School MAA
Helsinki-Tbilisi Residency Exchange offers residencies for Finnish artists in Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi and for Georgian artists in HIAP, Helsinki. The exchange programme is co-organised by HIAP and Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi. The residencies in Helsinki are arranged in collaboration with Art School MAA, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, as part of the school’s curriculum.
SAMA, University of the Arts Helsinki
HIAP launches a sound art residency programme in collaboration with SAMA (Sound Art and Sonic Arts education) programme at University of the Arts Helsinki. The first guest in Spring 2015 was French sound artist Rodolphe Alexis, who works with field recordings, electroacoustic composition, radio pieces and site-specific installations. Alexis organised a one-week Field Recording workshop in Suomenlinna as part of his one-month residency, followed by concert with Alexis and the students at HIAP’s Gallery Augusta.
University of the Arts Helsinki / Academy of Fine Arts
French philosopher Jacques Rancière was invited to Helsinki in June 2016 in the frame of the course ‘Intervention on Equality and Aesthetics of Knowledge’ by the Academy of Fine Art Helsinki. The 3-week course originated from Rancière’s ‘method of equality’ – especially from the parts dealing with issues of emancipation and education – as well as from his writings on aesthetics and poetics of knowledge.
A public gathering, “Polyphonic discussion with Jacques Rancièr”, was organised at HIAP Gallery Augusta together with Jacques Rancière himself, the participants of the course and a group of researchers departing from Rancière’s thesis on equality.
Academy of Fine Arts Foundation
A new type of residency was launched in 2014 – 2015 in collaboration between HIAP and the Academy of Fine Arts Foundation. The workspace residency programme offers a workspace in HIAP Suomenlinna for a newly graduated, commendable artist from the University of Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts for a period of one year. The programme aims to support selected artist’s creative work and to encourage dialogue with the international residency community at HIAP. The first artist granted with the scholarship was Joonas Siren, who graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts as a MFA in 2013 from the Time & Space Department. The following year the grant was given to Eveliina Hämäläinen
Aalto University’s digital design laboratory (ADD)
HIAP closely collaborates with Aalto University’s Digital Design Laboratory (ADD). Since 2014, Icelandic designer Katrín Ólína has been in residency at ADD and HIAP where she has explored existential questions in the Information Age by delving into the potential of digital design and manufacturing. Katrín Ólína launched her project, Primitiva-Talismans, in the rear garden tower of the Helsinki Observatory during Helsinki Design Week 2015. The project presents a lexicon of 40 talismans in bronze, developed with digital manufacturing technologies and produced by Finnish jewelers at Kalevala Koru. Additionally, the exhibition introduced Ólína’s corresponding publication, Primitiva, Book of Talismans.
Aalto Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts
Aalto University’s biological unit Biofilia was launched under the Aalto ARTS in 2012. It offers a platform and infrastructure for trans-disciplinary research and education that aim at creating cultural discussion and innovation around the topics related to the manipulation of life and biological processes at a practical and theoretical level, including philosophical and ethical dimensions. In 2014, Paul Vanouse, a HIAP resident artist at Biofilia was working on a new project involving the human epidermal micro-biome.
In the frame of Osmosis, HIAP organises curatorial residencies with a specific focus on learning and education.
In 2015 the invited curator-in-residence is Jaroslav Andel, a Czech conceptual artist, photographer, art historian, curator and pedagogue. Andel has been a consultant to the Council of Europe on the Council of Europe Exhibitions and the conference “Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy”. He recently organized a series of exhibitions on various challenges to democracy (scales and modes of democratic practices, corruption and the abuse of power, narratives of social change). His current exhibition project on art and radical pedagogy will travel in Europe and the U.S. from 2016 to 2018.