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Placing Sense
is a two part exhibition of site-specific artworks.

The first part is presented on this web site from 11 of April 06 till the end of 2007.

The second part was held in MUU gallery, Helsinki 5 to 21 May 2006.


PS in MUU gallery, photo: Karin andersen

In Placing Sense the artists were invited to make proposals for site-specific artworks based on documentation of a location in Helsinki. The artworks were not be realized on the actual location but were presented first as montages, sketches or texts on the PS web site and then as installations, videos or other visual material in MUU gallery.

The participating artists:
click the names to view the works

+ Karin Andersen, Bologna
+ Maria Duncker, Helsinki
+ Arni Gudmundsson and Cristian Rieloff, Stockholm
+ Morten Steen Hebsgaard, Copenhagen
+ Juha van Ingen, Helsinki
+ Otto Karvonen, Helsinki
+ Alena Kotzmannova, Prague
+ Anni Laakso, Itäsalmi
+ Riley Robinson San Antonio, TX

The documentation of the locations consisted of images and maps. The locations are selected by a young Danish artists Morten Hebsgaard who is also participating in the exhibition. The given material served as a reference to an existing place and created a possibility for the artists to make a virtual journey to the location. Some of the artists could also visit the documented sites in person. The others had to rely on the given documentation and had to use their imagination to fill in the gaps which the documentation leaves, making the starting point for their work a sum of facts and fiction.

Some of the artists will make a picnic-presentation for the public on the sites which were the starting point for their artwork in Helsinki.


One of the picnic-presentations, photo Karin Andersen

The background:
In a meeting in 2004 organized by Site-ations International-organization in Riga Latvia a proposition was made for KUTEN to participate as the Finnish partner in the Site-ations 2005-project titled ”Sense in Place”. How ever the project was too big for KUTEN to operate, so we decided to support "Sense in Place" with our own sideshow "Placing Sense" instead.

Placing Sense is organized by KUTEN association for promoting visual culture in collaboration with artists association MUU.

For more info contact: ps@kuten.net