The Helsinki Biennale is a handsome and topical set of contemporary art, the content of which is still underlined by Vallisaari.
Art one important feature is to move the experiencer away from everyday reality.
A day in front of Helsinki in Vallisaari, At the Helsinki Biennale contemporary art event prove this in two ways.
First, it impresses with its sheer implementation. Am I even in Finland, when I am pampered with such an art table setting, I ask myself on a hot July day.
Everything else goes smoothly on the island. There are plenty of staff, as are toilets, signage and rest areas with refreshments.
It is true, of course, that when one has not traveled in art paradises abroad, the gaze is more gracious than usual.
Also, the fact that the pandemic carried forward the biennial for the first time a year may have been to the advantage of an event of this scale.
Everything is so clean and finished, starting from the Kauppatori pavilion, from where I step on the ferry to Vallisaari.
In addition, the majority of art seems to fit so well into the nature of the island, the surrounding sea, and military history that I think the artists spent even more time thinking about how to make the best use of the environment.
A different kind I make the journey out of everyday life by following the planned route and studying the works one after the other.
It’s not just pleasant. I feel like I’m going to some strange place, the future.
Jaakko Niemelä Pier 6 shows how far the water rises if (or rather: when) the Greenland ice sheet melts. It will be continued by the Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen collective Lazarus, whose dialogue is being carried out by those last people, already on the water.
In many works, there are no people at all, just memories of them. Vallisaari, who spreads related ideas around art, really underlines.
It feels wild and reassuring to listen to Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s sound at the same time Forest (for a thousand years)which shows how nature always ultimately overcomes it with the masters of man.
There may be traces of music, debris and rust left, but it is already clear at the listening position that there is much more green.
Return trip went smoothly and surprised, but also shocked.
This is what art does: facts take on a whole new power as a sensed experience is added to knowledge.
The sea, the heat and Vallisaari are never quite the same for me again.
The author is the cultural editor of HS.