Frontiers in Retreat


Zooetics: Future Fictions

During 13 – 16 October, 2016 Zooetics invited an international group of artists, designers and writers to stay and work at Ásbrú, the site of a former NATO base on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland.

Its transition from a fenced-off military zone to a creative-economy incubator inspires a lot of questions about the technoscientific imaginaries feeding this transition and fuelling our sense of the future. One core element of such an imaginary could be called the ‘quantified self’ with its ‘technologically enhanced body’. This workshop scales up ‘the self’ from the human body to the ecological and the geopolitical. It considers a range of forms and practices—from wearable technologies to bioindication to social engineering—that weave and mash together past and future fictions for Iceland and the greater Arctic.

Contributors: Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, artists (MIT, USA), Tinna Grétarsdóttir and Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson, anthropologists (University of Iceland, IS); Oksana Anilionytė, fashion designer (Royal College of Art, UK); Nikola Bojić, designer (MIT, USA); Garðar Eyjólfsson, designer (Iceland Academy of the Arts, IS); Lucas Freeman, writer (MIT, USA); Ashley Rizzo Moss, performer (MIT, USA); Thomas Pausz, designer (Iceland Academy of the Arts, IS); Kristupas Sabolius, philosopher (Vilnius University, LT); Viktorija Šiaulytė, curator (LT); Sigrún Thorlacius, designer (IS); Tracey Warr, writer (UK).



Tracey Warr at HIAP Open Studios Sept 15, 2016


Conquest: Daughter of the Last King

Artist and writer Tracey Warr’s new novel is now published

It’s interesting to think about how contemporary details find their way into historical fiction. I’m not talking about errors and anachronisms, but how writers use what they see and hear around them and turn it into something else in their fiction. The locusts kept in a classroom by the creepy tutor in my new novel, for instance, are based on my own schooldays in north London when we had a huge vitrine of chirping locusts down one side of the classroom.

Read more about Tracey Warr's reflection on the new novel on her website

Impress Books



Kati Gausmann: nordlicht / light from the north

at Kunsthalle Emden October 2, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Frontiers artist Kati Gausmann is exhibiting her work nordlicht at Kunsthalle Emden, Germany. Using the medium of drawing, the project nordlicht / light from the north examines the progress of shadows as a temporal-spatial phenomenon.  


Kuntshalle Emden


The Lumen Prize 2016

Sylvia Grace Borda and her collaborator John Lynch for won the first prize in the Web Based art category

"Farm Tableaux marks the first known and on-going artwork created specifically for Google Street View. Farm Tableaux illustrates food culture in a way that moves us beyond lifestyle magazines and TV reality shows.  The images of Finnish farming and food production captured in Farm Tableaux reflect the on-going realities of farm work from field labour to food processing. Each of the various scenes have been produced collaboratively with food producers and in a unique partnership with Google Trusted Photographer, John M Lynch."

The Lumen Prize


New FiR Artist Interview featuring Mari Keski-Korsu is published!

Mari Keski-Korsu has recently co-directed the Pixelache Festival 2016 "Interfaces for Empathy" and continues working through creating environments for empathy to happen.

Humanity, empathy and alpacas text by Tessa Aarnisuo


Sylvia Grace Borda with her project 'Farm Tableaux' shortlisted for The Lumen Prize

The winners will be announced on September 29th at the The 2016 Lumen Winners' Gala

Sylvia Grace Borda's project Farm Tableaux, realised as a Frontiers project, has been shortlisted for The Lumen Prize in Web Based category. The Lumen Prize, established on 2012, celebrates the very best art created digitally. It's goal is to goal is to focus the world’s attention on this exciting genre through an annual competition, a global tour and associated activities including workshops, seminars and special events.

The Winners' Gala will be held on Thursday 29th of September in London. 



Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri on Serbian National Television

introducing their work, stay in GRAD residency and Frontiers in Retreat


Tracey Warr's workshop on Water and Writing

16 & 19 September 2016 at HIAP Project Space

Frontiers artist Tracey Warr - currently in residency at HIAP - held a workshop for University of the Arts Ecology & Contemporary Performance MA students at HIAP Project Space.

More images here


HIAP 2015 Publication now available online


We are very happy to announce that HIAP 2015 publication is now available online!

Download the publication (173 pages, 11,5 MB) here:

The publication features a selection of HIAP residencies and events from year 2015 + a special section dedicated to Frontiers in Retreat project.

PUBLICATION CONTRIBUTORS (text / images) in order of appearance:
Juha Huuskonen, Judit Schuller, Pasi Autio, Salla Lahtinen, Paavo Lehtonen, Paola Anziché, Tuomas Laasanen, Juuso Noronkoski, Residency Unlimited, Jasper Bruijns, Juhyun Choi, Teresa Dillon, Aino Salmi (Archinfo), Tuomo Tammenpää, Academy of Fine Arts, Anne Ferran, Hanna Husberg, Angela Jerardi, Jenni Nurmenniemi, Heidi Kilpeläinen, Barbara Knezevic, Karel Koplimets, Jenny Marketou, Piia Ahonen, Katri Naukkarinen, Katrín Ólína, Sebastian Jansson, Georgios Papadopoulos, The Dogecoin Foundation, Alexis Rodolphe, Jenna Sutela, Danae Valenza, Katie Lenanton, Triin Valvas, Paul Flanders, Jana Vasiljević, Disa Wallander, Ruth Waller, Elizabeth Willing, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Tracey Warr, CAC Vilnius, Nomeda Urbonas, Sylvia Grace Borda, Carl Gi ney, Tuomas A. Laitinen, Ari Karttunen (EMMA), Mirko Nikolić, Dahlia El Broul, Pontus Kyander, Kolme Perunaa, Helen Korpak, Jesse Auersalo, Anna Mikkola, Matilda Tjäder, Noora Lehtovuori, Michelle Lacombe, Antti Ahonen, Oskari Niitamo, Irmeli Aho, Olga Jitlina, Tokamak, Marita Muukkonen, Ashraf Atraqchi

Managing editors: Juha Huuskonen & Jenni Nurmenniemi
Graphic design: Salla Lahtinen & Jasmin Islamović
Editing & proofreading: Jasmin Islamović