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Introduction: IHME 2015 – The Art of Curating

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IHME 2015 brought a leading contemporary artist to Finland. The work of the British Jeremy Deller uniquely combines the making of art with its display in public space, bringing people together, the creation of a collective experience, and reaching out to new audiences. Deller’s work is multi-faceted and open-minded, revealing surprising connections between social and popular-culture phenomena.

We were delighted to be able to show three pieces by Deller: one of his breakthrough works, Acid Brass (1997), which combines the volume of a 30-person brass band with techno-hits of the 1990s; and two totally new works. For Deller’s IHME Project, Do Touch, the artist selected interesting objects from the collections of seven of the Helsinki Metropolitan region’s historical museums as the materials for the work. The work itself emerged out of encounters between the objects, spoken tales and the public in shopping centres, stations and other everyday environments. Meanwhile, the highpoint of the IHME Days was a 24-hour marathon showing of rock documentaries selected by Deller, 24 Hour Rockshow. This included experimental rarities and major classics from the 1960s up to the present.

Each year’s IHME-Festival themes are chosen from those dealt with in the IHME Project. At the core of the 2015 IHME Project were the following: the past in the present; the object as a mediator of information and experience; and the artist as curator. This last theme was aimed at contemporary-art professionals, while making the IHME Days’ 24-Hour Rockshow an integral part of the whole. The past was also present in the rock documentaries: the popular-music phenomena depicted in them tell of their own times and communal spirit, mirroring social reality and changes occurring within it. This year’s IHME also discussed other topical subjects: the fragmentation of the media in the Internet age, and the multi-dimensional way in which the art of curating manifests as a form of artistic expression.

IHME would like to thank all the participants and partners!


Monday 16.3. – Sunday 22.3.

Jeremy Deller: Do Touch, IHME Project 2015
Helsinki: Shopping Mall Itis, Shopping Mall Kaari, Shopping Mall Kamppi, Kisahalli Sports Hall, Kompassitori, Helsinki Railway station
Espoo: Leppävaara Health Centre
Vantaa: Shopping Mall Myyrmanni

Friday 27.3.

10.00-15.00 The artist as curator, Old Student House, Music Hall
Dirk Snauwaert, Matts Leiderstam, Roger M. Buergel, Jeremy Deller, Mika Taanila, Jenna Sutela. Hosted by Jyrki Siukonen.

15.30-16.30 Our IHME, Old Student House, Music Hall
For teachers and art enthusiasts. Hosted by Marja Rastas.

15.30-16.30 Book Quarter, Old Student House, Café Vanha
Vesa Sirén and/or Juha Metso and Sielun Veljet, Altti Kuusamo and Machineries of Public Art, Hanna Johansson and Nature in Nordic Contemporary Art: From the Environment to a Common Shared World and Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, who will represent the book Out of Time, Out of Place, Public Art (Now), and others. Hosted by Saara Hacklin.

17.00 Jeremy Deller: Acid Brass, the outdoor stairs of the Old Student House or indoors
Töölö Brass Band, led by Ville Paakkunainen.

18.00-20.00 Trial: Art and Freedom of Expression, Old Student House, Music Hall
The judge will be Tuomas Nevanlinna. The Trial’s live screening will take place at Café Vanha!

Saturday 28.3. at 12 – Sunday 29.3. at 13

24 Hour Rockshow, films selected by Jeremy Deller

Sunday 29.3.

13.00-14.00 IHME Open debate, Old Student House, Music Hall
Jaakko Belt, niin&näin; Teemu Fiilin, Rumba; Laura Köönikkä, FAT; Antti Majava, Mustarinda; Sini Mononen, Mustekala; Heikki Valkama, Image. Hosted by journalist Maria Pettersson.

14.00-18.00 IHME Project 2015, Jeremy Deller: Do Touch, Old Student House, Banqueting Restaurant

15.00-16.00 What did I think of the IHME Project? Interpretations x 6, Old Student House, Great Hall
Kaj Kalin, Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen, Riikka Stewen, Christopher TenWolde, and others

16.00-17.30 The Artist’s Voice: Jeremy Deller and Ralph Rugoff in conversation, Old Student House, Great Hall

18.00-20.30 IHME Marathon, Old Student House, Great Hall
Mikko Kuorinki, Johanna Sinisalo, Veli Granö, Tarja Väätänen, Maaria Wirkkala, Minna Joenniemi, Timo Vaittinen and Laura Wesamaa from SIC-galleria, Riikka Ala-Harja, Mika Elo and Anna Kortelainen. Moderated by the IHME Days host, Sonya Lindfors.