From a very intimate biennale:
The Wonder and Trouble of Togetherness
From symbiotic relationships to interdependencies: from the 19th of May to the 15th of September, the 2019 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale places the question of coexistence in the forefront. How can one become better at living together while dealing with differences? In combining art and design, the Biennale offers a unified experience while asking whether the two disciplines can benefit and learn from each other. “Art and design are complementary, and seen beside one another they can enrich each other,” says design curator Jasper Morrison. Welcoming three curators, Jasper Morrison, Anniina Koivu and Jenni Nurmenniemi, to share their views and vision, the Biennale offers a topical and egalitarian platform for encounters between makers and enthusiasts. The makers of art and design have been handpicked by the curators, introducing the visitors to 60 artists and designers from around the world. The festival emphasises the principles of diversity and sustainable development. On the basis of these values, the international Biennale will grow, subsist and develop into a meaningful phenomenon, while maintaining an intimate and down-to-earth approach.
Contemporary art by curator Jenni Nurmenniemi
The art curator of the Biennale Jenni Nurmenniemi will highlight materialities and interspecies co-existence. In the exhibition Beings with, the focus shifts from a human-centric perspective to considering the ways in which humans, their planetmates and different technologies are entangled in the process of co-creating the current version of life on earth. The exhibition invites the visitors to slow down, to focus their attention and attune to the signals, materials and processes that shape the fabric of the everyday but easily go unnoticed amidst its hum and rumble. Instead of offering a mere visual spectacle, Beings with strives to feed diverse senses and imagination. The works of art are displayed in the Threshing House, the Old Granary and along the river passing through the village. The exhibition will feature solid, stationary works and engaging encounters, within the poignant surroundings, architecture and history of Fiskars Village.
Design by curator Jasper Morrison
The design ensemble is curated by designer Jasper Morrison, a master of minimalistic details. Jasper Morrison will introduce the visitors to twenty designers of his choice. Based on his belief that creativity deforms and deepens over time, Morrison invites different generations of designers to participate in this exhibition to reflect on the idea. As one would expect from Morrison, the brief for the designer was clear and simple: design and build a bench. “The Biennale has excellent potential to bring forth interesting results. From the perspective of the designers, designing a bench is a clear brief compared with the usual complexities of brands and the commercial pressures on the usual design brief,” explains Jasper Morrison.
The Factory by curator Anniina Koivu
The third Biennale exhibition, the FACTORY collection produced by ONOMA, the Cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists in Fiskars, is curated by Anniina Koivu. The collection will reflect on the creative potential of the village as a “factory”, while looking into historical and contemporary production processes to present new perspectives on design making.
The Parallel Programme
The diverse programme of Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale 2019 will present events organised by local artists, designers and galleries. Invited through an open call process, the parallel programme highlights include plenty of children’s events, piano recitals, roundtable discussions, the baking of traditional thin breads and a culture bus which encourages visitors to carpool around the area.
Historical Iron Works Village
Founded on the Fiskars river in 1649, the small foundry community is considered the birthplace of Finnish industrialism. The historical buildings in the village, all listed for conservation, and the surrounding biodiverse hardwood forests make the area a unique destination. Currently Fiskars Village is home to some 600 inhabitants, and it is a significant centre for handicrafts in Finland.
Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale
19.5. – 15.9.2019, open daily from 11am to 6pm
Fiskars Village 10470 Fiskari, Raasepori
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The Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale is produced by Luovi Productions, known for Helsinki Design Week. Luovi is collaborating with ONOMA, the Cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists in Fiskars.