Mia Makela

Mia Makela is a Finnish multidisciplinary artist and cultural historian.

In her research-based practice she explores more-than-human life, mixing academic theory, science and deep ecology. Makela’s latest works are video installations, but she has also led expeditions, created an audio guide, participatory works, performed visuals and written publications. Makela, internationally acknowledged pioneer in the field of live cinema, has shown her work and lectured all over the globe.

During the residency I will continue my research on bee vision and “flower power” for a video installation, which is part of the opening exhibition “New Imaginations on the Relationship between Human – Art – Nature” to be held in the autumn of 2022 at the new art museum in Ekenäs, built by the Albert de la Chapelle Art Foundation.

I will be also working on a VR -project “VID” for which I’m researching and visualizing the communal life of pine trees. This is a collaborative research project on post-nature thematic with the art department of the The Polytechnic University of Valencia.

In both of these projects I will be delving into the existence of VIBs (Very Important Being). Bringing into focus our non-human co-habitants has been my mission as an artist for over 10 years.

Mia Makela’s residency is part of the HIAP Residency Programme for Finnish and Finland-based artists and art professionals.