Over 51,000 visitors attended ArtHelsinki International Fair for Contemporary Art held September 7 to 11 at the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Center in Helsinki.
ArtHelsinki Executive Director Laura Sarvilinna and Curator Aura Seikkula produced an event showcasing a variety of commercial galleries and non-profit initiatives accompanied with a socially engaging, discursive and performative programming.
ArtHelsinki’s international program for professionals explored the art market of the future, the digitization of art, and the interaction between the commercial and non-commercial art worlds. The series of public programs featured well-known Finnish and international experts in the field of art:
Top: Moving Image - NY, London, Istanbul co-founders and directors Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman; Raija Koli, Director of Frame Contemporary Art Finland; Arja Miller, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma; Bottom: Nina Colosi, Founder and Creative Director of Streaming Museum; Alistair Hicks, former Senior Curator for the Deutsche Bank Art Collection; Adriano Picinati di Torcello, Director of Management Consulting Art & Finance Deloitte. (Not pictured) Kati Kivinen, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma; Mari Männistö Director of Helsinki Contemporary Gallery and the augmented reality technology, ARTAP.
Streaming Museums’s program at ArtHelsinki included Nina Colosi's keynote talk in a program with Arja Miller Chief Curator of Kiasma and Helsinki Contemporary Gallery Director Mari Männistö. Painter and conceptual and digital artist Claire Jervert talked about her explorations in the new frontier of robotics around the world. Her Android Portraits give the unusual sensation and vision of the future hybridity of human and machine. An overview of Streaming Museum's international programs and selections of art from StreamingWorks online art sales company were displayed.
The museum's main stage public program gave fair visitors the opportunity to interact with the internationally known humanoid robot Bina48 created by Hanson Robotics, and Terasem Foundation Managing Director Bruce Duncan.
Watch the Ruutu TV Finland coverage of the Bina48 event here.
Moving Image co-founders and directors Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman curated a special video and film program that included Streaming Museum's featured video artwork “Lake Como Remix” (2012) by pioneer media artist and author Mark Amerika. The video reveals the way online technologies stitch new forms of reality into what passes as a representation of the real while documenting an alternative and experiential “head trip” suggestive of both time-travel and teleportation.