Frontiers in Retreat


Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects | Skaftfell | 17/06 – 24/09/2017

Kati Gausmann | Ráðhildur Ingadóttir | Richard Skelton 

The second chapter of the Edge Effects exhibition series opens in Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art on 17th of June, at 4pm–6pm at the Skaftfell gallery. The exhibition presents works from artists Kati Gausmann, Ráðhildur Ingadóttir and Richard Skelton.

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Hanna Husberg and Sria Chatterjee: Chlorofulfillment – lecture performance

Tuesday June 12, 4:00–4:45pm at HIAP Project Space, Suomenlinna

Chlorofulfillment: a lab, letters and thoughts

This lecture performance takes the form of a conversation between the works of the artist Hanna Husberg and poet Sria Chatterjee. Collapsing the boundaries between plant breathing and human breath, the performance addresses the murky lines of control in closed systems. Seen in the context of colonial and contemporary histories of manipulated migrations and bio-engineering, their questions around the politics of respiration and ventilation is mediated by a series of poetic works that explores the writings and experiments of the 20th century Indian scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose. The conversation becomes an attempt not to write a history of plant and human sociability but one that looks for language at the crevices of history and organic matter.

Tuesday June 12
HIAP Project Space

Suomenlinna B 28 / 2


Tidalectics June 2–November 19, 2017 | TBA21–Augarten, Vienna, Jun 2 – Nov 19, 2017 at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna

Frontiers artist Tue Greenfort part of 'Tidalectics' curated by HIAP-alumni, curator Stefanie Hessler.

Tidalectics presents an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, the exhibition casts oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the oceans. Taking its title from a play on words by the celebrated Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite, Tidalectics seeks to comprehend our histories as trajectories tossed by waves, from ocean crossings to systems of exchange, myths, and microbial origins. The exhibition highlights processes of cultural adaptation and material change, presenting a rich framework for understanding the coalescing polarities of contemporaneity and history, science and poetics, routes and roots, and ourselves – mostly land-dwelling humans – with the oceans and their many and diverse inhabitants. 

Artists: Atif Akin, Darren Almond, Julian Charrière, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Tue Greenfort, Ariel Guzik, Newell Harry, Alexander Lee, Eduardo Navarro, Sissel Tolaas, Janaina Tschäpe & David Gruber, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling

The exhibition opened on June 2, and runs until November 19, 2017. On June 23, Joan Jonas is performing as part of the performance series Ephemeropteræ, which accompanies the exhibition. 

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Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects | MUSTARINDA | 16/06 – 13/08/2017

Sylvia Grace Borda | Nabb+Teeri | mirko nikolić | Elina Vainio

Mustarinda – Edge Effects is the first of the seven chapters of a multipolar exhibition series organised by Frontiers in Retreat project, opening on Thursday 15th of June. The artists of the exhibition are Sylvia Grace Borda, Nabb+Teeri, mirko nikolić and Elina Vainio. 

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Open Call: Two-day Workshop – An Ecology of Words

at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, HIAP Gallery Augusta & Project Space, Sat 8 – Sun 9 July 2017, 10 am–6 pm

We are seeking expressions of interest from writers, artists, and others interested in participating in a workshop exploring the vocabulary of ecology. We will be developing short texts ‘dedefining’ some words, taking Georges Bataille’s Critical Dictionary as our starting point. We will set words off on irreverent adventures and explore subversive approaches to lexicons, dictionaries, taxonomies, and glossaries.

We will be developing discursive, de-definitions of terms which might include: frontier, carbon, energy, garbology, water, retreat, nonhuman, mycelium, affect, entanglement, symbiosis, mutualism, skill, boundary, interface, proximity, instrument, technology, spider, spit, universe, weave, mess, material, remote, algae, dust, dough, space, mouth, museum, rock, taxonomy, toxicity. Other terms for de-definition will emerge in the workshop.

We will aim to take iconoclastic, oblique, and awry approaches to the language of ecology and climate in order to move past impasses, hackneyed ideas, and vacant terminology. Polyphonic associations of ideas, objects, fragments of thoughts, unexpected juxtapositions, might displace exhausted and impotent ways of thinking about ecology and climate. We will be aiming to get beyond ingrained binaries and systems of knowledge and understanding to an anti-taxonomic vision, chiselling at words as a sculptor works with stone, or casting, caressing and sounding words.

Workshop Leader:

Tracey Warr is a writer who has worked with installed text and published books and essays on contemporary art. Her novels are published by Impress Books. Her recent future fiction writing is published by Meanda Books. She recently edited Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture published by Routledge. She is an artist in the Frontiers in Retreat project led by HIAP.

Workshop Contributors:

Jenni Nurmenniemi is a curator with HIAP – Helsinki International Artists Programme, Finland, and the curator of Frontiers in Retreat project (2013–2018). Recent curatorial projects include ‘Excavations’ (2015), ‘Deep Time Séance I & II’ (2015), Wolf Von Kries: ‘Weaving around the Void’ (2016), Lene Baadsvig Ørmen: ‘Soliloquy’ (2016), and ‘Edge Effects: Active Earth’ (2017, upcoming). In her practice she combines Critical theory, queer and intersectional feminism, and a focus on ecosystemic entanglements. Currently she lives and works across Helsinki, Seoul and New York.

Jussi Parikka is a new media theorist and Professor in Technological Culture and Aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, UK. He also teaches at Turku University of Art, Finland. His books include A Geology of Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), Insect Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), Digital Contagions (Peter Lang, 2007).

Antti Salminen is a philosopher, poet, fiction writer and literary critic and Associate Professor at University of Tampere. His publications include Future University, with Juha Suoranta and Tere Vaden (Cooperative Edge of the Bold, 2010) and Energy and Experience with Tere Vaden (so & so books, 2013). 


Selected texts from the workshop will be included in a Frontiers in Retreat book to be published in 2018.

There will be a maximum of 12 participants in the workshop. You must be able to participate fully on both days. Please email your expression of interest consisting of a one paragraph biography and another paragraph on why you are interested in participating to: traceykwarr [​at​] and jenni [​at​] by 31 May.

Lunch on both days and dinner on the first day will be provided by HIAP. The accommodation and travel costs to/from Helsinki are at participants’ own cost. HIAP can support the travel costs of 1–2 workshop participants from outside of Helsinki (within Finland), please e-mail jenni [​at​] for more information. 

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme /
Frontiers in Retreat project (2013–18)
HIAP Gallery Augusta & Project Space Suomenlinna
Helsinki Sat 8 – Sun 9 July 2017, 10 am–6 pm


Kati Gausmann: dancing dough and circumstances

presentation and artist talk at CAN Farrera on Saturday April 15th at 6.30 pm. Find out more:


Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects | Exhibition Series | June–December 2017

In 2017, Frontiers in Retreat (2013–2018) concludes with the exhibition series ‘Edge Effects’. Its seven satellite exhibitions weave together the diverse practices and discourses developed during the past four years. Check out the brand new website for schedule and sites of the seven satellite exhibitions! The artists and more detailed exhibition programme will be announced during spring–summer 2017.


Fernando Garcia-Dory Inland Scotland - Talk

Frontiers in Retreat in Glasgow: Fernando Garcia-Dory will present his project Inland in The Cabrach – a two year project with the artist, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Frontiers in Retreat, and Cabrach inhabitants and farmers – at CCA Glasgow on March 3rd. The talk is part of Garcia-Dory’s residency at SSW in March.

Inland Scotland

A conversation and presentation of Inland in The Cabrach - a two year project with Fernando Garcia- Dory, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Frontiers in Retreat, and Cabrach inhabitants and farmers.

Framed by the European project Frontiers in Retreat (FiR) and under a Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) commission, artist Fernando Garcia-Dory applies the INLAND approach he has been developing in different places since 2010 - in this case to the Cabrach, a high moorland with grazing pastures, progressively abandoned, and enclosed by a private Estate.

Over the last two years, Fernando has connected with Rural Development agents working in the area, and Cabrach inhabitants and farmers, and looked at the content of the recently formulated Land Reform Act of Scotland, with its legal and political implications, in relation to a possible applications within the rural community there. Fernando also worked with a Cabrach community member, active against the proposed wind farm, to lead a guided walk for an international FiR symposium held at SSW. The route requested permission from the Estate’s Head Gamekeeper and claimed free roaming access, traversing lost paths in an interrupted walk, depicting a damaged landscape.

As the project enters its final phase, tenant farmers of the Cabrach and farm cooperative members from Andalusia, Spain have been invited to participate in an exchange residency. In early 2017, farmers of the Cabrach and SSW will host members from the Spanish cooperative who created a landless farm workers union (S.O.C) in the 1980s as part of a campaign to highlight inequalities in a region of huge historical private Estates. Fabebook 


DIY 14: 2017 - Call for Proposals / Live Art and Scottish Sculpture Workshop

SSW invites DIY proposals to continue and develop upon the issues and approaches that has been explored within Frontiers in Retreat. A great open call for artist working with Live Art practise, with interest in ecological issues, alternative ways of learning and knowing, community building through making, and consideration and care for humans and non-humans!

Application deadline: 12noon, Monday 13 March 2017.

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists.

DIY understands that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike.

DIY is all about creating spaces to explore new ideas and test new methodologies. We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something different and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.  

We particularly welcome proposals led by or addressing underrepresented artists and practices, and projects reflective of other politicised territories.

DIY projects may take any form and can be based anywhere. Each DIY project is placed with a partner organisation and this year’s partners are detailed below. If a partner organisation has a regional remit your DIY project will happen in that region, if it has a national remit it can happen anywhere. We particularly welcome DIY projects that are geared towards partners’ locations. Please make clear in your application your preferred location(s), although we do encourage flexibility in this matter. (Once we have selected the final projects we may ask some proposals to be relocated to ensure an even spread of projects across the country.)

DIYs can be about anything you want, but some DIY partners have written specific briefs for artists to respond to, which cover an exciting and diverse range of themes – see below for full details.

DIY 14 has a wide range of new partner organisations and some exciting new developments including three new strands of DIY activities supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and three DIYs supported by Live Art UK’s new Diverse Actions initiative


Partner organisations

Partners with a national remit will support a DIY which takes place anywhere. Partners with a regional remit will support a DIY which takes place in that region.

Partners supporting DIYs this year: Access All Areas (London), Agency for Agency (London), ARC Stockton (Stockton), Artsadmin (National), BUZZCUT (Glasgow), Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester), Create (Ireland), Culture Coventry/The Herbert (Coventry), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone), Heart of Glass (St Helens), Iniva (National), Jersey Arts Trust (Jersey), Lancaster Arts (Lancaster), Live Art Development Agency (National), The Marlborough Pub & Theatre (Brighton), National Theatre (London), ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Aberdeenshire), Snape Maltings (Suffolk), Southbank Centre (London), SPILL Festival (Ipswich), Steakhouse Live (London), Wunderbar/NewBridge Project (Newcastle), Z-arts (Manchester).


Frontiers Reads

reading list around art and ecology

HIAP’s Frontiers team is happy to announce Frontiers Reads, an accumulating reading list around art and ecology, compiled by the artists and curators participating in the project. The list includes non-fiction and fiction from writers such as Donna HarawayRosi BraidottiJussi ParikkaT.J. DemosKim Stanley RobinsonBenjamin Bratton, and Antti Salminen.

We wish you an inspiring read!