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  • Category: Texts
  • Added: 04/01/22

Interview with Monitoimitila O.

The dynamism of CHART Art Fair this year was also supported by the inclusion of 11 artist initiatives from the Nordic Region. Monitoimitila O. as a newly formed artist collective from Helsinki, responded to the invitation with a gesture of giving. Instead of bring artworks to display, they brought a publication as artwork which was distributed throughout the fair days to audiences visiting from near and far. The publication collated multifarious artistic positions and practices that the collective embodies, where a collision and conversation between these practices resulted in their culmination as image and text. The gentle insertion of their interest in artmaking and their open approach to cross pollination of ideas through sharing of bodily, and discursive artistic inquiry was surfacing on the pages of their contribution to the fair and to the conversations that the fair hosted and generated.

Interview with members of Monitoimitila O. composed of artists Pipsu Isola, Tomi Lauri, Arttu Partinen, Sini Pelkki, Kati Ruohomäki, Taneli Rautiainen, Hermanni Saarinen, Masi Tiitta and Jenni Toikka.

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The Spectral Ear

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A hearing aid. Perhaps not the most obvious choice for an erotic item. Yet, as Fatoş Üstek finds, deep listening is essential to unlocking the full potential of our carnal selves. After all, the ears are said to be among the most sensitive of the erogenous zones. Turning her high-tech prosthetic off, Fatoş’ protagonist – our sensual narrator of this auditory realm – discovers she can hear hallucinations: spectral, sonic apparitions emerging from the noiselessness. Immersed in silence, she contemplates neurology and physics – the fact that the universe, like sound waves, is composed entirely of vibrations. Electrified by this cosmic energy, we begin to sense each other differently, newly attentive to the liveliness of connective matter.

Many thanks to Wellcome Collection, London, Mark Watts of alanwatts.org for the archival material of the writer and theologian Alan Watts, and Jonie for her autonomous sensory meridian response recording. Soundscape by The God in Hackney. Editing and sound design by Tobias Withers. Introduction and outro voiced by Johnny Vivash.

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  • Category: Texts
  • Added: 25/08/21

Genis Aci, Contributing Writer

Regular writer, researcher 2001-2005

www.genisaci.com (the magazine has closed down in 2006 due to financial constraints)

  • Category: Talks
  • Added: 28/07/21

The Producers

Talk 7 of ‘The Producers Part II: New Positions on Curating’ devised by Uta Kögelsberger of Newcastle University and Chris McCormack of Art Monthly, features Sarah McCrory, director of Goldsmiths CCA, and Fatos Ustek, director of DRAF with the generous support and input of staff at the Hatton Gallery, from the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University and from Art Monthly.

Watch the conversation here.

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