part 5: void / focus / perspective / horizon / line of flight

In November 2017 we selected some books from our library along with some essential objects, and put up an archive table for a joint exhibition, “Constellations”, at the Exhibition Laboratory here in Helsinki. Our table was called “void / focus / perspective / horizon / line of flight”,  and it talked about the importance and potential of the undefinable.

The exhibition was organised by the painting dept. at teh Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki and curated by artist/painting professor Fergus Feehily.

During the exhibition, we also organised a nynnyt reading group around the archive table, reading two exhibited texts.

Here’s how the exhibition was framed in the press release by the Academy of Fine Arts:

“Constellations arose in many ways out of a course at the Academy of Fine Arts, called Far from the Tree. The course had several iterations and directions, but common was an immersive week involving a great deal of discussion, reading, looking, listening, screenings, conversation and tea drinking. These discussions covered ideas around getting lost, putting things together, and collecting things like records, books or paper planes as Harry Smith did, with the intention to create a space to inhabit and to allow thought and feeling to move outwards in new directions, both during the course and beyond it. The exhibition seeks in a modest way to do the same.

The show features a number of archives, collections or ideas about painting assembled by individual artists. Students at the academy have also curated an exhibition within the exhibition, called Night Table, which is a response to the course and the building of this project. We are deeply indebted to all the artists, contributors and collectors who have responded to the project so generously.

Anonymous, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Ann-Sofie Claesson, Matt Connors/Pre-Echo Press, Annie-May Demozay, Koen Delaere and Bas van den Hurk, Erno Enkenberg, Far from the Tree, Lasse Juuti, Hannele Kumpulainen, Emelie Luostarinen, Mauno Markkula, Inga Meldere, Brendan Moran, Petri Ala-Maunus, Night Table, nynnyt, Peter Ojstersek, Yuki Okumura, Alex Olson, Nils Titus Östbrant and Ignat Burdo, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Sebastian Reis, Astrid Strömberg, Päivi Takala, Inari Sami garment, Harry Smith’s Folk Anthology, Tuukka Tammisaari

Curated by Fergus Feehily”

Here is the list of things and texts we brought to the table:

A publication titled Constellations (eds. Fergus Feehily & Johanna Vakkari, Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. 2018.) came out in spring 2018. It documents the exhibition and the 2 day seminar Conversations in Light and Dark which was held at the exhibition space during the show.

Pauliina Nykänen is the graphic designer behind the beautiful layout of the book <3