MUU Gala 2018
New media art from Finland Saturday 8 December, 2018, at 6 pm. Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center
St Petersburg, Russia
Opening speech: Ilkka Pitkänen, Anu Miettinen
Screening 1: Beautiful Confusions
Screening 2: Pysäyttäjät (Interceptors)
Artists' Association MUU is a national organisation promoting and presenting new artforms in Finland. In 2018 it celebrates its 30th year of operation. During the anniversary year, MUU has organised a wide range of events showcasing media art and media artists. The jubilee year culminates in a tour of MUU Gala 2018 in November–December 2018. A lot has happened in three decades, and MUU Gala 2018 presents the crème de la crème of Finnish media art. As the second-largest national artist organisation with 650 members, MUU is the largest body representing media artists in Finland.
MUU has invited artists Tellervo Kalleinen
and Mika Taanila
to curate the programme of the Gala. The Gala will present two screenings, Beautiful Confusions
and Pysäyttäjät (Interceptors)
, both of them highlighting the distinctiveness, diversity and richness of Finnish media art. Both established as well as emerging artists are represented in the programme.
The front-line video artists featured in the gala are: ELISA ALALUUSUA | ANNA-KAISA ANT-WUORINEN | RISTO-PEKKA BLOM | JENNI ESKOLA | TAIJA GOLDBLATT | HELINÄ HUKKATAIVAL | JUHA VAN INGEN | PANU JOHANSSON | TUOMO KANGASMAA & MARKUS RENVALL | JOHANNA KETOLA | YASSINE KHALED | ARJA KÄRKKÄINEN | HARRI LARJOSTO | DAVID MUTH | ELINA OIKARI | SARA PATHIRANE | MIIA RINNE | JUKKA SILOKUNNAS | MINNA SUONIEMI | PINJA VALJA | TIMO WRIGHT MUU Gala 2018 goes on tour in November–December 2018
In November–December 2018, MUU Gala will go on tour to national and international art arenas. After the premiere in Helsinki 21 November 2018, curated screenings was held at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Union of Finnish Art Associations in Joensuu on 23 November. Next event will be organised at the Kuryokhin Centre in St Petersburg on 8 December. The program will be seen again in Helsinki at the MUU Gala Replay!
in MUU Gallery on 17 December 2018. Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center
was founded in 2004. The center is named in honor of the 20th century outstanding musician and composer Sergey Kuryokhin. The main purpose of the сenter is to unite talented contemporary art exponents, who perform outside the purview of mainstream pop culture and to give them possibilities to present collaborative and individual art projects. Nowadays six annual international festivals are being held at Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center: SKIF, Ethno-Mechanics, Electro-Mechanics, Videoforma Festival, street-art festival Art-Stena and Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award. http://kuryokhin.net
Founded in 2007, CYLAND Media Art Laboratory
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the intersection of Art :: Tech through an annual international festival, visual exhibitions, sound art, video art, and educational programming. Over the years, CYLAND brings together artists, curators, engineers, educators and thinkers to create amazing projects around the world.
CYLAND MediaArtLab is one of Russia's most active New Media art nonprofit organizations. CYLAND houses the largest archive of Eastern European video art online, organizes exhibits around the world and is the force behind CYBERFEST (Russia's largest annual New Media art event.) http://cyland.org/lab MUU
(in Finnish: "the other") is a Finnish artist-run centre, founded 1987, to promote professional artists working across a wide range of disciplines. MUU Galleria arranges exhibitions, screenings, concerts and performances by artists and curators from Finland and abroad. The aims of MUU are to develop the collaboration and interchange of artists working within different fields, to produce projects, events, seminars, education and exhibitions and to arouse cultural political discussion. www.muu.fi
Cooperation partners: Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center
, St Petersburg CYLAND MediaArtLab
, St Petersburg
Artists' Association MUU, Helsinki
Timo Soppela, director, MUU, director(a)muu.fi, +358 9 625 972