Mia Makela (photo: Hilja Mustonen)
Mia Makela, Into the Wild, Video still, Single channel, 2021.
Mia Makela, Looking for Mr.Blue, Installation, Kunsthalle Seinäjoki 2020.
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, 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 the perspectives of other beings. I will be working on 3D-animation and 2-channel video installation ‘BEEINGS’, which explores the world of flowers from the view point of a tiny flying creature with different color receptors than ours. The work is part of the ‘Climate Art – Alternative Approaches’ exhibition of Chappe, a new art museum in Tammisaari opening in March 2023.
I will be also working on a long-term project on minerals and create Oxygenesis photo series.
Bringing focus into our non-human co-habitants (VIBs -Very Important Beings) 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.