IHME Helsinki – Mission
IHME is a contemporary art organization that situates its activities in a dialogue between art and science. IHME’s core activity is the annual staging of a new artwork, together with an artist and Finnish and foreign partners, in public space in Finland and abroad. We combine the experiential world of art and the informational world of science to create a vision of our planet’s crisis of sustainability increasing hope. Contemporary art is a constantly changing, active pursuit. It not only mirrors the world, but also shapes it. Art gives us a chance to do things differently and it has the power to change the way people think.
IHME’s goal is to promote eco-social education, a sustainable, democratic society, and a good on many levels. IHME has already spent ten years courageously producing new, previously unseen art. Now, as the climate crisis accelerates, we are focussing on art’s power to create impact and bringing agents of art and science together around eco-social, environmental issues.
Our actions are experimental and the freedom of art is an essential aspect of our productions. Our objective is to make contemporary art more accessible and to bring art to new audiences.
IHME commissions extend beyond the everyday and suggest possible worlds and new meanings. We take a critical, exploratory view of the world, increasing hope and an ability to act to advance understanding of environmental issues and to preserve and develop shared well-being. At the same time, we are committed to working according to ecologically sustainable principles.
We believe in action. We produce new, experiential knowledge and events linked to the themes of the annual artwork. We also openly share our expertise and engage in social debate through our work.
The Finnish word IHME means “miracle” or “wonder”. However, it is in daily use in a variety of phrases meaning something strange, weird, something that wakens curiosity.