Frontiers in Retreat


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


Frontiers in Retreat & Zooetics: Non-human, Non-animal

Seminar at Museum of Nonhumanity on September 24th

Rock, water, mushroom. How far can we go in our definitions of ‘life’, and where might its extension take us? Human relationships with other species, other life, have already changed and evolved towards greater empathy and the notion of rights and legal standing. What might a next evolution of relationships amongst all life forms look like? The non-human, the non-animal; how can we get beyond binaries and taxonomies? How might notions of the discrete, which are so deeply ingrained in our assumptions and language, shift towards better understandings of symbiosis, mutualism, and interdependence?

In the HIAP-led five year art research project, Frontiers in Retreat, these questions are being raised in artists’ projects including recent works by Urbonas Studio, Tracey Warr, Mirko Nikolic, Richard Skelton and Terike Haapoja. In the seminar, Tracey Warr and Dionizas Bajarunas will present the mycelium Zooetic Pavilion by Urbonas Studio, which was inspired by J.G. Ballard’s fictional living plant technologies. Tracey Warr will talk about her water exoplanet fiction, Meanda, where water is one of the main protagonists. Mirko Nikolic will discuss his project Lives of Metals: ‘Copperlove’. Richard Skelton’s short film ‘In Pursuit of the Eleventh Measure’ (2016), will be screened. 

The programme is co-curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi (HIAP; Frontiers in Retreat) and Tracey Warr (artist and writer, Frontiers in Retreat; Zooetics). The event will be moderated by artist, Professor Kira O’Reilly (Master’s Programme in Ecology and Contemporary Performance at Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki).

Programme 13:00–16:15

13–13:15 Introduction
Tracey Warr: Frontiers in Retreat & Zooetics
Kira O’Reilly, moderator: session programme
13:15 Mirko Nikolic: Lives of Metals: ‘Copperlove’ (2014–)
14:00-14:30 Coffee Break
14:30–14:45 Richard Skelton: ‘In Pursuit of the Eleventh Measure’ (video, 7 min) with an introduction by Tracey Warr
14:45-15:30 Dionizas Bajarunas & Tracey Warr: Mycelium Zooetics Pavilion
15:30-16:15 Tracey Warr: ‘Meanda’


Museum of Nonhumanity

Suvilahti, Buidling 5

Kaasutehtaankatu 1



Museum of Nonhumanity: Weekend Seminars

Museum of Nonhumanity will host a series of weekend seminars, where invited Finnish and International practitioners discuss and develop possibilities for an inclusive society. The seminars are free of charge and will take place at the café of the museum.


SATURDAY 10.9. 12–16PM
Re-imagining the Future Through the Past

(In English)
Seminar curated by: journalist Maryan Abdulkarim
Discussion: Suvi West, Pauliina Feodoroff and David Muoz
Moderator: Maryan Abdulkarim

The known history of human kind is one of oppressions and
transgressions against all living things. What is it to build a future through a past? What terms do we use to describe the systematic destruction and oppression which we fight? For whom are words
significant and how do we bring about a vision for a future that is rooted in the past relationships with all living things?

SUNDAY 11.9. 12–16PM
Over the Borders! Gender and human rights
– towards freely flowing gender identities?

(In Finnish)
Seminar curated by: Pia Puu Oksanen, director of human rights issues, Amnesty Finland
The seminar is supported by Amnesty International – Finnish Section
Discussion: Pia Puu Oksanen / Amnesty, Juha Kilpiä, Maru Hietala, Aro Mielonen / Transforces

At the seminar we will hear statements; we will have open discussions; and we will enjoy the performative elements that the collaborators and participants create in the space. What would our reality look like if gender diversity and gender fluidity guided our understanding of gender and human rights? During these four hours we will ponder, empathize, and give room for this positive utopia.

SATURDAY 17.9. 14–16PM
Empathy, sociability and morality

(In Finnish
Seminar is curated by:
Elisa Aaltola – philosopher, and Sami Keto – activist / researcher

Empathy is a term which is rapidly becoming popular, but which still is seldom defined. The seminar explores the meaning of empathy and its different varieties. It will also map out empathy's function in the history of human species, various problems related to empathy, and empathy's role in the development of morality and sociability. The seminar will also offer different methods for increasing empathy skills.

SUNDAY 18.9. 12–17PM
Rights for the Majority! – How to make our society recognize animal rights
(In Finnish and English)
Seminar by Animalia / Salla Tuomivaara and Mai Kivelä
The seminar is supported by Animalia non-profit association.
Speakers: Jeff Mannes, Visa Kurki, Liisa Kaski, James Nikander
Moderator: Mai Kivelä

The human being is only one species amongst the animals, but we have excluded all the others from having any fundamental rights. Nonhumanity has meant inhuman behavior towards animals. However, the profound and clear distinction between humans and other animals is being challenged. Already some countries, such as U.S. and India, have declared certain rights for some of the other species. Is it possible in a human society to recognize animal rights? If so, how can we move towards such society?

Frontiers in Retreat & Zooetics: Non-human, non-animal
(In English)

Seminar curated by: Tracey Warr and Jenni Nurmenniemi
Speakers: Tracey Warr, Dionizas Bajarunas, Mirko Nikolic, Saara Hannula
Moderator: Kira O'Reilly
Other program: Richard Skelton's short film – In Pursuit of the Eleventh Measure

Rock, water, mushroom. How far can we go in our definitions of ‘life’, and where might its extension take us? Human relationships with other species, other life, have already changed and evolved towards greater empathy and the notion of rights and legal standing. What might a next evolution of relationships amongst all life forms look like? The non-human, the non-animal; how can we get beyond binaries and taxonomies? How might notions of the discrete, which are so deeply ingrained in our assumptions and language, shift towards better understandings of symbiosis, mutualism, and interdependence?

SUNDAY 25.9. 12–16PM 
Decentering History – Artistic Interventions
(In English)
Seminar by History of Others / Laura Gustafsson and Terike Haapoja
Speakers: Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Minna Henriksson, Laura Gustafsson & Terike Haapoja

The seminar discusses artistic practices and projects that, by re-writing history, aim at mapping the blind spots of our culture. The common thread to all these approaches is the critique of western modernism, and the ways in which institutions of knowledge have normalized and justified discriminative practices. The series of seminars in the Museum of Nonhumanity will conclude with a panel discussion in which we will ask what does it take to decolonize a museum display, and how to include one's own position in the critique.


Museum of Nonhumanity
Suvilahti, Buidling 5
Kaasutehtaankatu 1


HIAP 2015 Publication Launch

The second annual publication of HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme will be launched on Thursday September 15th at HIAP Project Space. The publication features a special Frontiers section.

The publication features FiR artists Sylvia Grace Borda, Carl Giffney, mirko nikolic and Tracey Warr, who also contributed a text about 'Zooetics'. Frontiers Curator Jenni Nurmenniemi reflects in her texts the unfolding of the project so far as well as the'Excavations' exhibition that took place at HIAP Gallery Augusta, 'Deep Time Séance' at Residency Unlimited, New York & Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki as well as 'Adaptations Utö' incubator in Turku Archipelago, Finland. 

You are warmly welcomed to the publication launch on Thursday 15th of September, at 4-7pm! On the same day HIAP hosts an 'Open Studios' event at HIAP Suomenlinna Studios and Project space. 


HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme


Frontiers artist Tuula Närhinen's Public Examination of Doctoral Thesis in Fine Arts

September 24th, 2016

VISUAL SCIENCE AND NATURAL ART: A study on the pictorial agency of natural phenomena

Tuula Närhinen’s doctoral research is built around an artistic practice that explores tracings and (photo)graphic recordings created by waves, rain and seawater. Re-adapting instruments derived from natural science, she constructs visual interfaces that enable us to move beyond the explicit and to grasp the unfurling of a world invisible to the naked eye.

Public Examination of Doctoral Thesis in Fine Arts
24.9.2016 at 13.00 in SES auditorium Kino K-13, Kanavakatu 12, 00160 Helsinki.
Examiner: professor Yrjö Haila, Chairman: professor Mika Elo



Frame Espresso discussion and book launch: Altern Ecologies

On September 9th at 5-7pm, Frame Contemporary Art Finland organises a discussion and book launch of 'Altern Ecologies' at the Museum of Nonhumanity, Tiivistämö, Helsinki. Frontiers artists Hanna Husberg and Tuula Närhinen have contributions in the book, and Terike Haapoja and Mari Keski-Korsu will participate in the panel discussion chaired by curator Jenni Nurmenniemi. The Altern Ecologies publication is co-edited by Terike Haapoja and Taru Elfving, Programme Drector of FRAME and one of the initiators of the Frontiers in Retreat project.

The first publication of Framed Conversations series, Altern Ecologies. Emergent Perspectives on the Ecological Threshold at the 55th Venice Biennale, edited by Taru Elfving and Terike Haapoja, will be launched with a discussion on Thursday 8 September 5–7pm at Suvilahden Tiivistämö (Kaasutehtaankatu 1, Helsinki). 

In the Frame Espresso discussion Terike Haapoja will be accompanied by curator Jenni Nurmenniemi (HIAP), artist Mari Keski-Korsu (Pixelache), director Erich Berger (The Finnish Bioart Society) and Paavo Järvensivu (Mustarinda). The discussion will be held in English. The new anthology sets out to map an alternative ecology of art practice and research that can be traced in the cacophonic maze that is the Venice Biennale. The state of emergency caused by the current environmental crises has drawn forth the necessity to re-evaluate the centres of gravity in our world, including the means and ends of the arts. It has become evident that the practices within contemporary art are also complicit in the current unsustainable order of things even while critically addressing it.

The Frame Espresso discussion and book launch responds to this call for a thorough rethinking, from the methods and modes of perception to the apparatuses and organizational structures of production. The discussion invites together artistic and curatorial practices arising from and invested in addressing the ecological threshold through their work in Finland. Altern Ecologies presents a number of approaches that artists are currently employing on the task of radical unraveling and complex reimagining of subjectivity and otherness, relationality and representation, codependence and communication in response to the ecological urgencies.

Growing out of the conversations following the symposium A Counter Order of Things, organised in connection to the exhibition Falling Trees in the Nordic and Finnish Pavilions in 2013, the anthology includes a selection of presentations from the symposium. A number of national pavilions from the 2013 edition of the Biennale were also invited to present their exhibitions alongside these commissioned articles.

Altern Ecologies includes contributions by Ursula Bieman, T. J. Demos, Catherine de Zegher, Taru Elfving, Anselm Franke, Simryn Gill, Terike Haapoja, Hanna Husberg, Alfredo Jaar, Harri Laakso, Antti Laitinen, Laura McLean, Tuula Närhinen, Khaled Ramadan, Henk Slager, Syrago Tsiara, and Stefanos Tsivopoulos.

The audience is invited to visit the Museum of Nonhumanity exhibition after the discussion. It is a temporary museum presenting the history of the distinction between humans and other animals. Museum of Nonhumanity is a part of History of Others, a long term project by visual artist Terike Haapoja and author Laura Gustafsson.



Frontiers artist Sylvia Grace Borda is profiling her Farm Tableaux at the UN International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress


Frontiers artist Sylvia Grace Borda is profiling her Farm Tableaux work developed as part of her HIAP residency at the UN International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress forum "Planet at the Crossroads" this September. The IUCN forum will be host to some of the world's most innovative strategic and global thinkers to discuss how to address the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and sustainable development goals.

Sylvia’s presentation in particular will illustrate how the arts can be a catalyst for both innovation in contemporary image making and in social policy.  Sylvia is fortunate to be the only invited artist to present solely on the role of the visual arts in activating conservation action and awareness. Through her participation in IUCN, Sylvia will share outcomes of her dialogues with the Frontiers network on how international and global organisations to grass roots agencies are tackling global environmental and developmental challenges.

Read more about Sylvia’s work and the IUCN World Forum at the following sites