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!