Public lecture series: Site-specific Contemporary Art & the Archipelago

Mondays 12-14 (from 13.9.2010)

lecture theatre Janus, Kaivokatu 12, Turku University

The series of lectures focuses on site-specific contemporary art and Turku archipelago: How does contemporary art allow for different perspectives and encounters in the site that it examines and is located in? The lectures bring together artists, who present their own practice as well as introduce key questions concerning environmental and land art, community and socially engaged art practices, site-specificity and artistic research. Two sessions are dedicated to cross-disciplinary dialogue on topics related to the archipelago region and artistic practice.


This is all framed by Contemporary Art Archipelago (CAA), a project part of Turku 2011 programme that investigates Turku archipelago, and in particular the future of its environment and community, through the processes of contemporary art. CAA culminates in an exhibition of new art works across the archipelago in the Summer 2011.


Lectures in English. Free. Detailed programme below.


Organised by CAA in collaboration with Baltic Sea Region Studies and Art History (Turku University), Turku Art Academy






Without modifications to the social and material environments, there can be no change in mentalities.

(Felix Guattari, The Three Ecologies, 2000, 27)


Philosopher and psychoanalyst Felix Guattari introduced three interacting and interdependent ecological registers and called for an ethical-political approach that brings them together: environmental, social and mental ecology. The sub-sections of the lecture series (ecology, economy and aesthetics/ethics) reflect these three registers. Yet they also aim to show how site-specific contemporary art allows for investigation that weaves the three areas together as well as creates platforms for dialogue where these distinct perspectives (from both science and everyday practices) can meet.


13.9.2010    Introduction to the lecture series & Artist talk

Taru Elfving (artistic director of CAA)

Tea Mäkipää (artist, Weimar, Germany)



How has contemporary art responded to the increasing urgency of environmental concerns? Focus on the overlaps of activist and artistic practices, investigation and innovation, in both singular and collective human interactions with nature.


20.9.2010    CAA and site-specificity

Taru Elfving (artistic director of CAA)


27.9.2010    Introduction to land and environmental art

Hanna Johansson (art historian, Helsinki University)


4.10.2010    Archipelago case study: sustainable fishing

In dialogue Katja Bonnevier (coordinator of the Turku Archipelago Biosphere

Reserve) and Arja Lehtimäki (artist and architect, project on local food for CAA)



Participatory art practices involve communities as well as take part in their production. Focus on social processes and alternative economies that art can initiate and support in close collaboration with different groups of participants and audiences.


11.10.2010  Artist talk

Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (artist, Helsinki)


18.10.2010  Introduction to community art practices

Lea Kantonen (artist and researcher, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki)


1.11.2010    Archipelago case study: sustainable tourism

In dialogue Katriina Siivonen (docent, Futures Research Centre, Turku University)

and Platforma 9.81 (architect collective, Croatian archipelago)



A shift of emphasis from aesthetics to ethical concerns can be detected in contemporary art, especially in its new media, site-specific and socially engaged forms. Focus on the individual’s aesthetic and ethical choices in the artistic processes.


8.11.2010    Artist talk

Jan-Erik Andersson (artist, Turku)


15.11.2010  Introduction to aesthetics/ethics of artistic research

Antony Fredriksson (researcher, Åbo Akademi, Turku)


22.11.2010  Conclusion: ethics of encounter / art & audience

Taru Elfving (see Introduction)


Contemporary Art Archipelago (CAA)
Mon 13.09.2010, at 12:00
- Mon 22.11.2010, at 00:00
University of Turku
Kaivokatu 12

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