IHME Commission 2021

Katie Paterson. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

IHME Helsinki Commission 2021 – Katie Paterson: To Burn, Forest, Fire

To Burn, Forest, Fire will consist of the scent of the first-ever forest on earth and the scent of the last forest of the age of climate crisis, made into incense and then burned across a variety of sites around the city of Helsinki in 1-30 September, 2021.

In connection to the art work there is a booklet published to present the scientific research behind the definitions of the forests and the scents. Essay in the booklet is written by Professor David Haskell.  The diagrams for the incenses >>

The safety of the event is important to us. We comply with current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and observe safe distancing and hygiene. Please do not attend if you are unwell. We recommend using the face mask. Thank you


Venues and schedules of the incense ceremonies

It is a great pleasure to announce the partners and schedules of Katie Paterson’s To Burn, Forest, Fire incense ceremonies!

There are ceremonies almost every day and the best two. Weather reservation for outdoor ceremonies – Suomenlinna island, Kumpula Botanical Garden and Observatory. The duration of the incense ceremony is about an hour and the entrance if free. Changes are possible, please follow the updates on this page.

Due to covid-19 restrictions only half of the normal audience capacity of the venue can be used indoors (including staff members) and thus participants to the ceremonies will be included in the order of arrival at the event / meeting place. We recommend to arrive to the venue 10-15 mins before the starting time of the ceremony. Please, note that some of the ceremonies are aimed at special target groups, this is mentioned in italics at the venue list. All other ceremonies are open to all. Warm welcome!

Wed 1.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Fri 3.9.2021  Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Sat 4.9.2021 Komendantin puutarha, Suomenlinna island. Gathering at 10:00 in Suomenlinna, close to the ferry waiting area. You will recognise our staff from the IHME sign. Walking together to the garden of the Comendant, incense ceremony will be executed under the oldest oak tree on the island. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Sat 4.9.2021 Temppeliaukion kirkko (Rock Church), Lutherinkatu 3, at 18:00-19:00, max 300 persons. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Mon 6.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta, (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00, for members of Helsinki and Uusimaa Visually Impaired Association

Tue 7.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Wed 8.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00, for members of Finnish Deafblind Association

Thu 9.9.2021 Roihuvuoren seurakuntasali (Roihuvuori parish church hall), Tulisuontie 2, at 18:00-19:00. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Sat 11.9.2021 Kulttuurikeskus Stoa, Turunlinnantie 11, Musiikkisali at 14:00-15:00, pre-registration for this ceremony sanna.nuutinen@hel.fi by 10th Sept, FULL RESERVED

Sun 12.9.2021 Two windows in the House of Bock (Vanha raatihuone), Aleksanterinkatu 20, at 12:00-18:00, welcome to experience the scent of the two forests when passing by. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Mon 13.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Tue 14.9.2021 Kansallismuseo (National Museum), Mannerheimintie 34, at 18:00-19:00, main entrance hall. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Wed 15.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 16.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Fri 17.9.2021 Kulttuurikeskus Stoa, Musiikkisali, Turunlinnantie 11, at 10:00-11:00, pupils of local schools, cancelled

Sat 18.9.2021 Korkeasaari Zoo, Mustikkamaanpolku 12, at 13:00-14:00, Karhulinna- meeting room. With the Zoo ticket.

Sat 18.9.2021 Kansallismuseo (National Museum), Mannerheimintie 34, at 18:00-19:00, main entrance hall

Sun 19.9.2021 Komendantin puutarha, Suomenlinna island. Gathering at 18.30 in Suomenlinna, close to the ferry waiting area. Walking together to the garden of the Comendant, incense ceremony will be executed when the sun is setting under the oldest oak tree on the island.

Mon 20.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Tue 21.9.2021 Kumpula Campus, Physicum, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2, at 15.00-16.00.

Wed 22.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 23.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 23.9.2021 Helsinki Association of the Deaf, Malmi (Kuutio-space), for members at 17:00-18:00

Fri 24.9.2021 Majakka, Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten rantatie 19, at 16:00-17:00. Meeting at the lobby at 15:45, max 15 persons.

Sat 25.9.2021 Kumpulan kasvitieteellinen puutarha (Kumpula Botanical Garden), Jyrängöntie 2, at 15:00-16:00, gathering by the gate of the garden at 14.45, max 25 persons. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Sat 25.9.2021 Kumpulan kasvitieteellinen puutarha (Kumpula Botanical Garden), Jyrängöntie 2, at 17:00-18:00, gathering by the gate of the garden 16.45, max 25 persons

Sun 26.9.2021 Majakka, Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten rantatie 19, at 16:00-17:00. Meeting at the lobby at 15:45, max 15 persons.

Mon 27.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Tue 28.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Wed 29.9.2021 Majakka, Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten rantatie 19, at 16:00-17:00. Meeting at the lobby at 15:45, max 15 persons.

Thu 30.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 30.9.2021 Observatorio (Observatory), Kopernikuksentie 1, backyard, at 19:00-20:00. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Fri 1.10.2021 Kamppi chapel, Simonkatu 7 (Narinkkatori), at 17:00-18:00, max 60 persons. This event will be documented by IHME. Read more about the last ceremony >>

More information about the venues and their accessibility here >>

The safety of the event is important to us. We comply with current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and observe safe distancing and hygiene. Please do not attend if you are unwell. We recommend using the face mask. Thank you



Conversation: Katie Paterson and David Haskell

Wed September 8th at 6 EEST (UTC + 3)

We are hosting an online conversation between IHME Helsinki 2021 artist Katie Paterson and Professor David Haskell at 6 pm (EEST / Finnish time, UTC +3) on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

David Haskell is one of the scientists that Katie has collaborated with in making IHME Helsinki Commission 2021, To Burn, Forest, Fire.

Katie’s dialogue with Professor Haskell was particularly important for defining the scent of the last forest, and he has also contributed an essay to the booklet to be published as part of the project.

Read more >> 


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Credits

Collaborative Scientists: Professor Emeritus Jan Zalasiewicz (University of Leicester School of Geography, Geology and Environment), Docent of Palaeoclimatology J. Sakari Salonen(University of Helsinki), PalaeobotanistChris Berry(University of Cardiff, Wales), and Professor of Literature, Biology and Environmental Research David George Haskell(Sewanee: The University of The South, Tennessee, USA) and researcherAna Maria Yáñez Serrano(Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Barcelona), paleobiologist Sarah E Gabbott (School of Geography, Geology and Environment, University of Leicester)

Katie Paterson Studio: Siobhan Maguire 

Tiputinin Biodiversity Station: David Romo Vallejo, Tomi Sughera, Santiago Shagasengo, Ramiro Sanmiguel, José Macanilla Grefa, Froilán Macanilla, Kelly Swing

Shoyeido Incense Co. Ltd: Masataka Hata, Teiji Fujimoto, Tadashi Matsuoka

Translations: Shuko Noguchi, Alejandro Herrera, Mike Garner, Mustion merkitys

Editor: Faye Fornasier

Design: Fraser Muggeridge, Luke Charsley, Marjo Malin

Venues: Old City Hall, Henri Kähkönen, Observatory, Päivi Harjunpää, The Rock Church,  Heli Suhtala Ulvalic, The Crypt of the Cathedral, Anni Roiha,  Cultural Centre Stoa, Sanna Nuutinen, Korkeasaari Zoo, Susanna Silvonen, Roihuvuori Parish Church Hall, Otto-Ville Mikkelä, National Museum, Hanna Forssell, Fine Arts Academy Hanna Johansson, Suomenlinnan hoitokunta, Paula Lappalainen, Kuurojen liitto (Malmi), Virve Puro, Kumpulan Campus, J. Sakari Salonen, Kumpula Botanical Garden, Sanna Vuori

Photography: Veikko Somerpuro

Film: Samy Kramer

Audience workers: Sami Nieminen, Joss Allen, Yilin Ma, Kaisa Silvo, Saara Korpela, Erika Aspholm, Jasmiina Kuronen

 

 


Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson (born 1981, Scotland) is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation. Collaborating with scientists and researchers across the world, Paterson’s projects consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. Her artworks make use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their natural environment. Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach, conceptual rigour and coolly minimalist presentation, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos.

Katie Paterson has broadcast the sounds of a melting glacier live, mapped all the dead stars, compiled a slide archive of darkness from the depths of the Universe, created a light bulb to simulate the experience of moonlight, and sent a recast meteorite back into space. Eliciting feelings of humility, wonder and melancholy akin to the experience of the Romantic sublime, Paterson’s work is at once understated in gesture and yet monumental in scope.

Katie Paterson has exhibited internationally, from London to New York, Berlin to Seoul, and her works have been included in major exhibitions including at: the Hayward Gallery and Tate Britain, London; Kunsthalle Wien; MCA Sydney; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. She was winner of the Visual Arts category of the 2014 South Bank Awards, and is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University.


Artworks by Katie Paterson

Future Library 2014-2114 

A forest has been planted in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in 100 years’ time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unread and unpublished, until the year 2114. The manuscripts will be presented in a specially designed room in Oslo’s new public library. Writers to date include Margaret Atwood (2014), David Mitchell (2015), Sjón (2016), Elif Shafak (2017), Han Kang (2018), Karl-Ove Knausgård (2019), Ocean Vong (2020) and Tsitsi Dangarembga (2021).

Hollow, 2016 

A compendium of the world’s forests. This immersive piece of architecture, created with Zeller & Moye, brings together over 10,000 unique tree species, including petrified wood from the earliest forests that emerged over 390 million years ago, a sample from the oldest tree in the world, and some from the youngest and near-extinct species. The Douglas Fir posts that form the façade mimic the varying heights of trees in a forest canopy system. Inside, light filters through apertures in the ceiling, suggesting sunlight radiating through a forest.

Fossil Necklace, 2013 

A necklace comprising 170 fossils carved into spherical beads. It is a string of worlds, with each bead representing a major event in the evolution of life through the vast expanse of geological time. From the monocellular origins of life on Earth to the shifting of the continents, from the extinctions of the Cretaceous period triggered by a falling meteorite to the first blooming of flowers, Fossil Necklace charts the development of life on our planet.

First There is a Mountain, 2019 

First There is a Mountain was a participatory artwork which invited participants to sculpt beaches into mountains of sand to form micro-geologies, using a series of ‘buckets and spades’ made in the form of world mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (N. America), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe) and Uluru (Oceania). The artwork toured 25 UK venues over British Summer Time 2019.

Further information: http://katiepaterson.org


Why Katie Paterson?

“I don’t find my work itself scientific: it deals with phenomena and matter, space-time, colour and light, the natural world in materials. It is rooted in sensory experience.” Katie Paterson

IHME Helsinki is deeply concerned about the environmental crisis and dedicates its work to exploring what the transformation towards sustainable artistic and art-institutional practice could be like. How can IHME Helsinki exist as a high-quality, contemporary-art-commissioning agency, and how are we to collaborate internationally and create relevant discourse and meaning in the age of climate crisis and biodiversity loss?

IHME Helsinki supports art, science, and climate-change mitigation. Our main collaborators are contemporary artists who work in dialogue with scientists, researchers and other experts in various knowledge systems to reflect on the focal questions of the artist’s research. Throughout her artistic career Katie Paterson has worked with scientists – e.g. astronomers, astrophysicists, nanotechnologists, geologists and botanists – in order to learn and to be able to materialize her imaginary ideas.

“Katie Paterson’s work is a stunning example of the power of imagination, how the impossible becomes possible and takes its place in the real world. Her approach mediates the transformative power of art extremely well. We need this approach in the midst of the environmental crisis,” says Paula Toppila, Executive Director and curator of IHME Helsinki.

Katie Paterson was selected by IHME’s previous expert team: Museum Director Emerita Tuula Arkio; Professor  Ute Meta Bauer; Dean Hanna Johansson; Museum Director Leevi Haapala; critic and curator Timo Valjakka; and Executive Director of IHME Helsinki Paula Toppila.


Previous IHME Artists and Projects

2008: Films and video works: Anri SalaJeremy DellerLauri Astala & Elina and Hanna BrotherusRuna IslamChristian MarclayDeimantas NarkevičiusFrancis AlÿsMatthew Barney

2009: Antony GormleyClay and the Collective Body

2010: Susan PhilipszWhen Day Closes

2011: SuperflexModern Times Forever (Stora Enso Building, Helsinki)

2012: Christian BoltanskiThe Heart Archive

2013: Miroslaw BalkaSignals

2014: Yael BartanaTrue Finn

2015: Jeremy DellerDo Touch

2016: Kateřina ŠedáTram Buskers’ Tour

2017: Theaster Gates & The Black Monks of MississippiThe Black Charismatic

2018: Henrik HåkanssonTHE BEETLE

The ten years of IHME Projects have been collected in a book: Art in Public x 10 – IHME 2009 – 2018 available from web book stores.

Find out more about the history and commissions of IHME.

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