SELECTION OF INSTALLATIONS AND OTHER MEDIA
2015 Valon puolella / On The Light Side (Irmeli Mäkilä / Ann Sundholm), video, 30'00" loop, installation
In the exhibition LINK-Ystävyys-Friendship, The Art Factory / Galleria Vanha Kappalaisentalo, Porvoo
2010 valikoin unia näön / valoin näinkö unia, generative sound installation
In the exhibition ARTISTS 2010, TR1 Art Hall, Tampere, FI
In the generative sound installation valikoin unia näön / valoin näinkö unia by Jukka Mikkola and Irmeli Mäkilä there were authors, poets, cultures, voices, sounds and different epochs communicating. In this version the performing Finnish authors and poets are: Päivi Alasalmi, Kari Aronpuro, Harri Kaasalainen, Väinö Kirstinä, academian Kirsi Kunnas, academian Väinö Linna, Eeva-Liisa Manner, Mirkka Rekola and Lauri Viita.
2010 Five Minute Death (remix), digital video, 5'35", loop
In the exhibition VIII International Festival of Experimental Art, Manege 2010, St Petersburg, RU
1996 Five Minute Death, video, 7'35", loop
In the exhibition Leikkaus 102, The Exhibition of Finnish Artists, 1997, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, FI / Maila Talvio -salonki, 1997, Hartola, FI / Golden Girls, 1996, Galleria Saskia, Tampere, FI
The video tells a silent story of a woman and her everyday life in Finnish society. Her life changed suddenly and finally because of an unexpected sudden attack. As a result of the attack the person was clinically dead for five minutes.
2009 Other Colours, installation
In the exhibition Taabor 09, old cottage of wooden shoemaker, Nurmijärvi, FI
Besides I am Red I presented in the exhibition Taabor 09 an installation called Other Colours, which was set in an old cottage of a wooden shoemaker. This Other Colours -project also featured a soundtrack with translator Tuula Kojo reading the novel Seitsemän veljestä (The Seven Brothers, 1870, Finnish classic) by Aleksis Kivi in Turkish language. In Nurmijärvi, the Mount Taabor is the place where Aleksis Kivi, the author of The Seven Brothers lived and which he had renamed after the Holy Bible. Both these works, I am Red and Other Colours, spoke together with different cultural colours and voices, still having mutual tints and connections — somewhere deep inside the human nature.
2009 - 2007 I am Red, acrylic and gold paint on MDF, 305 x 240 cm
In the exhibition Taabor 09, Nurmijärvi, FI / Red, Art Center Mältinranta, 2007, Tampere, FI / Galleria G, 2007, Helsinki, FI
The inspiration for I am Red artwork / project has arisen from the novel My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. The theme of the exhibition at Art Center Mältinranta was red colour and I took the conceptual viewpoint to this theme: the red colour spoke of himself, with words, passionately. Excerpts of Pamuk's text in this work are handpainted in gold letters, putting my soul into the miniaturist's world. This project also started the co-operation with Finnish translator Tuula Kojo, who has translated Orhan Pamuk's works into the Finnish language.
2000 Everything Has Its Beauty, But Not Everyone Sees It, environmental installation
In the exhibition Kohtaamisia, Laha rapids, Lahankoski, Pornainen, FI
The work is conceptual and environmental, situated both outside and inside an old mill, in the landscape of Laha rapids (Lahankoski mill, 1892) Pornainen, Finland. The work is tripartite: outside golden (leaf gold) rings around an old handcrafted oaken water pipe and a philosophical sentence by Confucius with golden metal letters on the wall of the mill, and inside the mill cellar a human voice humming a Gregorian-like chant. Every place and architecture has its own memories and memoirs. The work was homage to this place and its history.
1994 I See Stars All Around Me, video (part of installation), loop
This video was made for a project with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tampere, Finland. It was a time when Finland was just considering to take part in the European Union. That's why the museum asked the artists to process the Finnish culture and character in their works. The final artworks were presented in the shop windows in Hämeenkatu, the central street of the city of Tampere. The installation was made up of a landscape video with 15 Finnish proverbs, photographs of a Venice beach and coloured Finnish birch whisks. The window installation also had a soundtrack loop with voices of birds, lambs, cows and other nature voices of Finnish rural landscape. The soundtrack was heard on the street.
CURATORwith Jukka Mikkola
Kohtaamisia 11.6. - 6.8.2000 Lahankosken mylly, Pornainen FI
Finnish and French contemporary art in culturally historical mill and rapids environment. Meetings of visual art, environment and points of view by eight artists: Lauri Anttila, professor (FI), Tuomo Blomqvist (FI), Minna Heikinaho (FI), Markku Kivinen (FI), Irmeli Mäkilä (FI), Joël Renard (FR), Tülay Schakir (FI) and Ann Sundholm (FI).
Kohtaamisia exhibition was part of Helsinki European Capital of Culture 2000 -happenings via Uusimaa Regional Council.
Together with the exhibition there was an artwork exchange performance named Pornainen - Roquebrun 2000 / Tête à tête (kahden kesken), between 25 Finnish and 25 French artists.
Kohinaa 9.8. - 30.8.1998 Lahankosken mylly, Pornainen FI
Finnish contemporary art with a pinch of local history. The place of exhibition was an old Lahankoski mill (Lahankosken mylly) and its environment, built by commercial counsellor August Eklöf in 1892, by the river Mustijoki and Laha rapids. Artists of the exhibition: Ossi Somma (FI), Tarja Pitkänen (FI), Petri Hytönen (FI), Heli Ryhänen (FI) and Hilkka Kanervikko (FI).
Irmeli Mäkilä © Kuvasto 2020
Technical implementation © Petteri Heino 2020