Instalación . Andy Best and Merja Puustinen . Finlandia

Detalle de la obra de Andy y Merja y las fotografias de Kristina Frei al fondo

Instalación de Andy Best y Merja Puustinen en el claustro de La Nau

Andy Best y Merja Puustinen

Performance de Roi Vaara con la obra de Andy y Merja al fondo

Texto de la propuesta del Colectivo Finlandes Namastic para Digital Media 1.0

The Namastic Art Collective to Digital Media:

Digital and media art are one of the strongest and most innovative fields of art in Finland. This is due to many reasons including the fact that Finland is a high-tech country and artists have always been interested in experimenting with the new possibilities of new media. Sometimes there is also interaction between art and enterprises who are directly interested in the discovery of new tools or new ways to use old devices.

There is innovation everyday in this field, it evolves very quickly with the technique as well as with the aesthetic. And it reflects on society, on our way of living, on our identity. In this investigation some of the artists play with technology as a tool to reach something beyond the Human, the Mental Projection of a Digital Self. Sometimes in a playful and joyful way, sometimes in a more introspective and demanding.

As Finland does not have a very long tradition of art and there is a sense of freedom among the artists when they create. The same goes for the public too. Most people, especially the younger generations, are rather open minded and tech-savvy and can appreciate the convergence of art and technology very well.

This kind of “mental climate” combined with accessible technology and good venues is fertile ground for interesting digital art. This has also attracted many foreign artists to come to live and work in Finland, enriching the art scene with their knowledge and energy.

The Namastic Art Collective has set out to take Finnish digital art to international festivals also to share the products of this unique culture with the wider world.

Participant artists: Roi Vaara, Maria Tjader-Knight, David Knight, Merja Puustinen, Andy Best, Hannu Karjalainen, Andrew Bentley, Marko Timlin, Merja Nieminen, Jaana Kokko, Egle Oddo,Juha Mäki-Jussila, Adel Abidin, Jani Rusica, Rikard Lassenius, Kristina Frei, Mikko Maasalo, Pekka Sassi, Maurice Blok, Pirjetta Brander, Markus Renvall, Heta Kuchka, Tjader Knight.

Consultancy and advice received by Namastic for Digital Media:

AV ARKKI – Eeva Pirkkala, Hanna Maria Anttila
AVEK – Juha Samola
Taiteen Keskustoimikunta – Seppo Kauhanen
Ministry for Foreign Affairs – Timo Heino, Outi Hakanen, Anna-Maija Aho
FRAME - Marketta Seppälä, Outi Liusvaara, Paula Toppila, Marita Muukkonen.

Namastic Art Collective Contact:

Contact: - +358 50 9294404 /// – +358 50 3560653 /// – +358 50 5355050
Post: Egle Oddo, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 19 C AS 32, 00100 Helsinki

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