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UPCOMING: TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU, Field Observatory

Kirjurinluoto
June – August 2023

The Pori Art Museum will produce visual artist Teemu Lehmusruusu’s site-specific installation in summer 2023, to be erected in public by the pond in Hanhipuisto park on Pori’s Kirjurinluoto. The project is part of Lehmusruusu’s long-term practice, in which he explores the processes of the carbon cycle and soil-related phenomena within a Finnish field ecosystem. The images and sound generated by a computer and based on environmental data will be screened in a pavilion that reiterates the architecture of a barn. It will be open to the public.

The Field Observatory is a space for encounters and experiments on the topic of how human sensory perceptions of the biological reality surrounding us can be changed by artistic experience. Collaboration with soil experts and farmers forms a key part of the project.

Teemu Lehmusruusu (b. 1981) is a media and installation artist living and working Helsinki and Kimitoön. His practice ranges between digital technologies, bioart and installation art. His interest lies in using art to embody and translate into an experience some of the biological phenomena imperceptible to human senses. To him, artistic work means connecting with the invisible and unknown processes that sustain life, the significance of which are largely overlooked in our everyday activities. Many of his works approach the idea of landscape from a novel perspective: from beneath the surface and from within, through the agency of the soil.

In the past few years, Lehmusruusu has concentrated on artistic research and work on the ecosystem services of the soil as part the “Trophic Verses” project network. The works are conceived in collaboration with farmers, mire restoration and soil experts, and actors in regenerative agriculture. Among the works are the outdoor installation “House of Polypores”, which was featured in the 2021 Helsinki Biennial in Vallisaari and “Its Songs We Sing”, an installation produced by the LUX Helsinki 2022 festival. Currently, Lehmusruusu is preparing his doctorate at the Department of Art and Media at the Aalto University.

Event information

16.06.2023
Kirjurinluoto