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Aura Seikkula is a curator and researcher based in Stockholm, where she is curator for the Artipelag Konsthall. Seikkula is also the Co-Founder and Head of Programme and Development at the Curatorial Program for Research and Artistic Director for the ArtHelsinki Contemporary Art Fair.

With her own international art agency Agency Auteur, Seikkula provides for the variety of artistic practices. Her extensive international practice comprises of process, production and theory. Using epistemological analysis as her tool, Seikkula’s recent PhD research in philosophy discusses the social and cultural sustainability of artistic practices from a process perspective. Most recently Seikkula acted as a curator for Sweden’s biggest artist studio program Studio Mossuställningar in Stockholm and as a guest curator for UNTITLED Art Fair Miami Beach (2014).

Other recent curatorial projects include: Reaching Re-birth, 4th Athens Biennale AGORA (2013); KOPIOITU a residency and exhibition program with Komplot Brussels and SIC Helsinki (2013); the 6th Momentum Biennial Imagine Being Here Now, Moss Norway (2011). Seikkula has worked in curatorial positions at the Künstlerhaus Bethaninen, Berlin; NIFCA Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art and the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Additionally, she has acted as guest curator and curatorial advisor in various organizations including CCA, Lagos, Santralistanbul, the European Economic and Social Committee and European Peace Museum. She is the co-founder of SKY Finnish Society for Curators and contributes to various international art publications.

 

 

ARTISTS

 

CHRISTIAN SALDERT

Christian SaldertBorn 1977 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Educated in the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London and The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, visual artist Christian Saldert works with painting and video as his main medium. Saldert’s practice as a painter is an immaculate conceptual and fictional composition process paying tribute to the tradition of painting.

Christian Saldert works with various collaborations. His most recent commissions include an exclusive series of limited edition prints with Costume Designer and Stylist Bea Åkerlund for Absolut Art as well music video production for prominent Swedish artists such as Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation and Joel Alme.

http://christiansaldert.com/

TOMMI GRÖNLUND & SÄHKÖ RECORDINGS

Tommi Grönlund

Born 1967 in Turku, Finland.
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Tommi Grönlund works in collaboration with Petteri Nisunen. Their kinetic installations have the appearance of aseptic scientific laboratories for chemistry and physics experiments. They create sculptural installations and interventions in urban and natural environments. They use technology, sound and light as the primary material in their works. Grönlund and Nisunen address issues of space and physical phenomena through the sophisticated installations that often play with physical laws of nature.

Sähkö Recordings is a record label in Turku, Finland. Sähkö (“electricity” in Finnish) was founded by Tommi Grönlund in 1993. The label gained international acclaim by its minimalist electronic releases. Sähkö Recordings has also such sublabels as Puu, Keys of Life and Jazzpuu. On Sähkö and its sublabels have released records among all such Finnish artists as Ø (a.k.a. Mika Vainio), Pan sonic, Jimi Tenor and Freestyle Man (a.k.a. Sasse Lindblad).

 

ALAA ABDELHAMID

Alaa AbdelhamidAlaa Abdelhamid (born in Dakahlia – Egypt, 1986), a multi-media visual artist and writer, novelist, works and lives in Cairo, he graduated from the faculty of fine arts Helwan University 2008 with the highest  honors, his first novel “call me” has been published in 2009, and the second “security man” 2012.

Selected solo shows include Medrar for contemporary Arts, Cairo 2014, Gezira Art Center, Cairo 2014, Saad Zaghlool Art Center, Cairo 2012, Artellewa for Contemporary Arts, Giza 2011. His project “The solution is the solution” has been selected to show at BJCM Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece 2011. In 2015, he completed a six months residency at The “Cité internationale des arts”, Paris, France.

In his sculptures and his work with objects Alaa always trying to experiment in materials, he considers that each project starts a separate stand-alone experience.

JOSEFIN ÖHRN + THE LIBERATION

Josefin Ohrn the Liberation_Horse_Dance_Launch086_1024x1024 (1)I drifted into music, spending more and more time alone in huge cities and out by the ocean, inside of sound, mumbling, gradually addicted to repetition and monotony to get to grips with this deepening despair where everyone around me seemed obsessed with redecorating their little cabins on a sinking ship.

I do what it takes to remain in the periphery of this collective breakdown that passes for sanity or reality. I mumble to myself as a kind of psychedelic incantation for protection against the materialistic psychosis that’s seeped in to our very cells and become the manifest that orders our every thought and sentiment.

But there’s a lot of hope, since an open and wild state of mind is always accessible from anywhere. More easily in peripheries, to me at least.Josefin

 

 

ARI BENJAMIN

Komponist Ari Benjamin Meyers in seinem Studio in berlin Kreuzberg.

Komponist Ari Benjamin Meyers in seinem Studio in berlin Kreuzberg.

Born 1972 in New York USA.
Lives and works in Berlin Germany.

In his work Meyers, who trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute, explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, participatory, and immaterial nature of music. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include “Black Thoughts” Esther Schipper (2013), “Chamber Music (Vestibule)” Berlinische Galerie (2013-2014), “Mutual Life Company” Theater der Welt, Mannheim (2014) and “Symphony X (installation version)” KW Berlin and K21 Dusseldorf (2014).

He was music director of the staged group show “Il Tempo del Postino” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno (Manchester International Festival, 2007 and Art Basel, 2009) and since this time has collaborated with a number of artists including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tino Sehgal. Projects with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster include the performances “NY.2022” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008), “K.62/K.85” for Performa ’09, New York and “T.451” for Tensta Konsthall (2012). Further collaborations include “Ghost Radio” with Sora Kim (2014), “The Fairytale Recordings” with Saâdane Afif (2011) and “1395 Days Without Red” (2011) and “The Breathing Line” (2012) with Anri Sala.