Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.
Helsinki based artist Marek Pluciennik will develop a site specific installation for XL Art Space which will be exhibited from Tuesday 8th October – Monday 14th October. PeepHoleX is part a series of simple live-feed installations that explore mediated liveness and surveillance, themes that Pluciennik first became interested in when he moved to Finland around 18 years ago and noticed the abundance of surveillance cameras in public spaces.
Recently I have experienced three separate performative installations by Pluciennik. In each instance I have been struck by the way in which the audience has become implicated into the site within which they experience the work; implicated into both the ‘real’ physical site and implicated into the mediated-through-technology-site. What interests me the most is the moment of realization when the person implicated realizes that they are in the image, or that the site that they are viewing on screen is the site that they themselves are situated within. My own experience of this moment is a sensation of realignment and reorientation.
In Pluciennik's own words "the obviousness and simplicity of the set up sneaks past the viewers who are accustomed to high tech solutions in similar installation set ups."
- Text by Sari T.M. KivinenXL Art Space is connected to Indian Summer clothing store. Opening times: Ma–Pe / Mon–Fri: 12:00–20:00. La / Sat: 12:00–18:00. (Sunnuntait suljettu / Sundays closed) PeepholeX exhibition is supported by Ptarmigan and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. BEST EXPERIENCED IN PAIRS:)