This year’s commissioned work for the IHME Contemporary Art Festival – the Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson’s film THE BEETLE – will be online at Yle Areena from 25 May, 2018.
“Yle is proud and happy to make the IHME Festival’s ten-year-anniversary artwork available for anyone to view anywhere in the world for a whole year. The premiere on Yle Areena will coincide with the Festival premiere, and the film will also be shown on Yle Teema TV on 27 May,” says Yle Producer Kati Sinisalo.
This screening of THE BEETLE on Yle’s online channel is the fourth collaboration between IHME and Yle. In 2009–2011, the Festival produced a series of reproducible works titled the IHME Edition, with the Scottish artist Susan Philipsz’s work being broadcast over a blank screen on Yle’s Teema TV channel. Yle produced Tina Cavén’s reportage on the 2009 Project, Antony Gormley’s Clay and the Collective Body. The Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s work in 2014 was the film True Finn – tosi suomalainen, which was shown on Yle Areena.
First IHME project back online on Areena
“IHME’s aim is to make contemporary art more accessible and to bring art within reach of new audiences. The art approaches topical issues from new angles, providing opportunities for personal reflection, aesthetic pleasure and learning. We are really happy that Yle is supporting our work. Besides THE BEETLE, also viewable on Yle Areena for the next month is Tina Cavén’s reportage on the first-ever IHME Project: Antony Gormley ja suomalaiset savessa (Antony Gormley and Finns in clay, 2009). This constitutes a tremendous climax to IHME’s anniversary-year programme,” says IHME’s Executive Director Paula Toppila.
The 2018 IHME Project, THE BEETLE, gives a voice to the endangered Hylochares cruentatus beetle, which is only known to occur in Myyrmäki in Vantaa. In choosing the beetle as the starting point for his artwork, Håkansson links it to major questions about global warming, loss of species diversity, and the relationship between humankind and nature.
In 2017, for the fifth consecutive time, Yle Areena was voted Finland’s most valued internet brand in a questionnaire commissioned by market researchers Taloustutkimus. Areena is accessed from around 2.5 million individual browsers and devices each week.
THE BEETLE on Yle Areena 25 May, 2018 – 25 May, 2019 and on Yle Teema TV Sunday May 27 at 12:00 midday
Antony Gormley ja suomalaiset savessa (Antony Gormley and Finns in clay) on Yle Areena 25 May – 25 June, 2018 and on Yle Teema channel on May 24th, May 25th and May 27th.