Born in Finland and graduated with BA Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland and MFA Fine Art from the Goldsmiths College, London in 2006.
Staging Friction, visions of the future through artistʼs film
Socially and politically engaged art practice-work that seems to exist through a wish to improve or comment upon the community through collaboration and participation can often be tokenistic. My research aims to ask what kind of aesthetic language we need in order to defend these practices and research from being completely co-opted by socio-economic system that provides their lifeblood? What kind of new forms of visual language we need in order to operate and subvert systems of cognitive capitalism and knowledge and creative industries– of course both discourse and language based systems – under the apparent liberal democratic paradigm? In this the research is inevitably exploring the extent to which a socially and politically oriented art practice and research can make positive use of the their inevitable implications within the structures that they would critically address.
Consequently the notion of staging friction becomes central, offering a way to explore, how can we create spaces and events in which social frictions and possibilities are both rehearsed and performed and discomfort and disagreement are used as a productive sources?
Starting with the acknowledgement that there is very often some sort of dramaturgy involved in any encounter, I propose and examine forms of interventions in which absurdist disruptive strategies such as counter-narratives, repetition and rhythmic ambiguity are inserted into a set of social and political relations. In this a re-activation of historical archives is often used as a revelatory tool.