IHME Helsinki Commissions to take place in August-September


Press release

May 10, 2021

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The contemporary-art commissioning agency IHME Helsinki will stage two new artworks in Helsinki’s public spaces in 2021. “This year, we are bringing to audiences two very special artworks tailor-made for IHME Helsinki that emphasise both sensing and knowing. Both consist of sensory material – one of sounds, the other of scents – their very existence the result of collaboration between the realms of art and science. Using narratives on the dead zones in the Baltic Sea and the history of past and current forests the artists prompt all of us to rethink our relationship with nature and natural resources, and our responsibility to future generations,” says Executive Director and Curator of IHME Helsinki Paula Toppila.

What is the underwater sound world like?

Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic the IHME Helsinki Commission 2020, Listening Through the Dead Zones, is a site-specific sound installation by the Norwegian artist Jana Winderen, in collaboration with Tony Myatt. At the Rowing Stadium in Helsinki, on the shores of the Baltic, the audience will be able to listen to different species of mammals, including humans, and to various species of fish and crustacea that inhabit the Ocean. Winderen has been investigating how human activity is influencing the dead zones in the Baltic Sea and similar environments close to shores and in lakes.

Jana Winderen’s sound installation at the Rowing Stadium will be open 10:00–20:00 every day, August 6–24.

More information about the artwork, interviews and talks: www.ihmehelsinki.fi/en/ihme-project/

What did the first forest on Earth smell like?

IHME Helsinki Commission 2021 To Burn, Forest, Fire by Scottish artist Katie Paterson 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 on September 1–30, 2021. The venues include Helsinki Cathedral Crypt, Kuninkaansaari Island and Cultural Centre Stoa etc. Special invited guests for this project will be deaf, blind and deaf-blind people. A detailed schedule for all the venues will be published later.

More information about the artwork and talks: www.ihmehelsinki.fi/en/ihme-artwork-2021/

Admission to both IHME artworks is free.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the programme is subject to change.

Further information: Executive Director Paula Toppila, paula.toppila@ihmehelsinki.fi, +358 (0)45 1240096

Press materials and photos: https://www.ihmehelsinki.fi/en/media/ Password holder Päivi Matala, paivi.matala@ihmehelsinki.fi, + 358 (0)45 235 0080.

IHME commissions works of contemporary art that unite the worlds of art, science and climate change mitigation. Each year, we produce a public artwork and a series of events that offer a vision and hope amid the environmental crisis. Our work is made possible with the support from our founding foundation Pro Arte Foundation Finland, Kone Foundation and Saastamoinen Foundation in 2020-22.