What happened last year? I’m not really sure but here’s a short listing of some of the activities I found myself involved with in 2018.
I showed Siipi Empii first at 3H+K in Pori in January and then at Myymälä2 in Helsinki in February. Sami Klemola and Tampere Biennale invited me to show my work at Tiketti Galleria in Helsinki. The show was called Äimän Tähkä and was a collection of old paintings and things and some new work including these small scale textile collages:
Kemialliset Ystävät Siipi Empii was released in April by Leaving Records and Ikuisuus. I feel like it might be the most original and in many ways “successful” piece of music I’ve ever released. I also feel that not too many people heard it? But that’s ok, there so much stuff out there! Some amazing artists agreed to make music videos for the album and you can see them all here.
I only played a handful of Tomutonttu shows last year but they were all fun.
Most of the spring I was working on a commissioned proposal for a public sculpture for the new children’s hospital in Tampere. My proposal, a mosaic covered pyramid serving as a landing spot for the extraterrestrial visitors, did not win but it was fun to make and I learned a lot while making it.
While I was melting away in the summer I somehow managed to also compose some music for NYKY Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble operating in the Sibelius Academy. Together as a group we made an improvisatory piece that was performed in front of 15 000 people at Senaatintori in Helsinki. We were honoured to be the opening act for La Fura Del Baus’ Human Net spectacle.
I showed some work at Kotka Art and Pyhäniemen kartano, like these two paintings:
The rest of the year I was making things that then became Tahmeaa Tietoa.