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23/08/16

Museum of Nonhumanity Opens in September

A new temporary museum is to open in Helsinki in September 2016. The museum of Nonhumanity will present the history of the distinction between humans and other animals, and the way that this imaginary boundary has been used to oppress human and nonhuman beings. 

Throughout history, declaring a group to be nonhuman or subhuman has been an effective tool for justifying slavery, oppression and genocide. Conversely, differentiating humans from other species has paved the way for the abuse of natural resources and other animals.

The museum of Nonhumanity will host an extensive lecture program in which civil-rights and animal-rights organizations, academics, artists, and activists will propose paths to a more inclusive society. The Museum of Nonhumanity stands as a monument to the call to make dehumanization history and to the start of a new, more inclusive era.

The Museum of Nonhumanity was launched by History of Others, a collaboration between the writer Laura Gustafsson and the visual artist Terike Haapoja. The first part of the History of Others project, The Museum of the History of Cattle (2013), was awarded the Kiila prize in Finland and is now touring internationally. The second work in the project, a courtroom performance called The Trial, had its premiere at the Baltic Circle Festival in 2014.

Opening: Suvilahti, Tiivistämö September 1, 2016. Open September 2–29, 2016.

Museum of Nonhumanity is co-produced by the project Frontiers in Retreat.

http://www.museumofnonhumanity.org/info

Contact: info@museumofnonhumanity.org

12/08/16

Mustarinda Incubator: Post-Fossil Experimentality

Mustarinda Incubator will take place in Hyrynsalmi, Finland, August 11–16, 2016

During its first years, Frontiers in Retreat has brought together artists and residencies as a Europe-wide network. Skills and knowledge on ecological issues and contemporary artistic work have been generated and circulated. Yet, on a practical and experiential level, there is still work to be done: How to organize the network and its nodes in ways that provide meaningful and inspiring responses to the global ecological crisis? What is the relationship between artistic work and ecological practices in a post-fossil fuel era, which is defined by an increasing realization of how our lives (and work) are conditioned by fossil fuels and attempts to reach beyond their massive use? The Mustarinda Incubator invited artists and residency organizers to discuss and experiment with post-fossil fuel ways of being, drawing on the remote location next to one of the rare still remaining old-growth forests south of Lapland in Finland.

20/05/16

Skaftfell Incubator: Tool-kit for Survivalism on the Edge of the World

The Skaftfell incubator took place on May 20–22, 2016 in Seydisfjördur, East Iceland. The incubator served as a platform for multidisciplinary dialogue, focusing on the intersections of visual art and ecological issues in the context of Iceland.

The key questions were:

WHAT are the particularities of ecosystems, environment, community, and daily life in Iceland?

HOW do artists engage with these issues and what is their contribution to this discourse?

WHAT opportunities and challenges are in store for local ecologies and how can we adjust to them?

29/04/16

The earth wants to be free

The second leg of Mirko Nikolić‘s Frontiers in Retreat artist project at HIAP culminates into a camp-symposium 'The earth wants to be free – On rights, autonomy and freedom of otherthan- humans‘ in Kemiö island, Finland, 14–15 May, 2016.

In a two-day camp at the old copper mines in the island of Kemiönsaari in South-West Finland, the symposium will discuss dynamics of shared trans-species conversations, with emphasis on ethico-political questions that present themselves when crossing the imaginary human–nonhuman border. How do we invite nonhumans to take part in conversations initiated by humans? What kinds of rights and freedoms are asserted through these naturalcultural minglings? What are the responsibilities and accountabilities of the humans towards nonhuman persons? The participants, invited by Nikolić, will share their audiovisual performances.

12/04/16

Reflections on Tuula Närhinen‘s LOCAL

“In October 2014 and April 2016 I had the chance to work in Farrera, a tiny village in the Catalonian Pyrenees close to the border of Andorra. I attempted to capture visual and auditory sense impressions engendered by the movement of the winds.

Tuula developed her project Local specifically for Frontiers in Retreat. Her previous works and projects have dealt primarily with water (Seawatercolours, Touch of Rain and Clapotis for example), but for Local she decided to investigate her environment through the other elements as well. She began her research by looking into how wind behaves, then progressed further into the realms of earth, water, rock formations and the colours of the landscape of Farrera, Spain, where she completed two residencies in October 2014 and April 2016.