Jaakko Pesonen with Sampo Marjomaa

21st September – 14th October 2018

The Human Animal

Welcome to the Opening on Thursday 20th September at 6-8 pm!
Meet the Artist on Sunday 14th October at 2-4 pm.

 

Jaakko Pesonen and Sampo Marjomaa: a still-shot from videoinstallation A Suitable Bride, 2018

The Human Animal -exhibition focuses on cross breed sensuality. Can we comprehend love and death beyond the borders of language and conception in our time when the human/machines relationship is thriving.

A Suitable Bride -video installation (2018) is a joint work by Jaakko Pesonen and Sampo Marjomaa. The installation contains a dialogue between Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) and a fictive contemporary media persona. Tesla was a Serbian-American engineer, inventor and futurist. The eccentric genius had a non-conformist view of the universe and life. Towards the end of his life, Tesla lived in Hotels in New York, fed pigeons, cared for the sick birds and fell in love with one of them.

”I have been feeding pigeons, thousands of them for years. But there was one, a beautiful bird, pure white with light grey tips on its wings; that one was different. It was a female. I had only to wish and call her and she would come flying to me. I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life.” (Nikola Tesla)

The media-persona in the work questions Tesla’s views on the universe and love. The relation between human and machine has changed how we see ourselves and others. Has this relation also changed the essence of love?

Jaakko Pesonen’s video installation The Lines on my Palms Have Been Rubbed Out (2017) is a reaction to the death of his best friend. The work is an attempt to deal with memories, loss and that which was never experienced. What happens to love when the other dies.

 

Jaakko Pesonen (s. 1966) is an artist and architect. In his works he combines moving images and space. He is also interested in working in collaboration with other artists and scientists. He works around the topics of human/machine relations, classification and the difficulty of communication. At present Pesonen is working in collaboration with philosopher Kai Alhanen on a four year project, Homo Homo sapiens – an alternative history and present of humankind with a homosexual premise. (jaakkopesonen.com)

Sampo Marjomaa (s. 1976) is a Finnish tv-personality, entertainer and director from the Turku art academy. Marjomaa is the presenter and script writer of the Finnish edition of America’s Funniest Home Videos. He is interested in breaking conventional boundaries in art.