POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE (2018)
Moving image sculpture in 3 parts:
#1 – Angular video sculpture of twenty-two DIP LED modules
#2 – Two research tables with attached ‘monitor mirrors’
#3 – Vertical single channel projection
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE deals with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings. It turns attention to those human emotions that could serve as a foundation for dismantling the hierarchical structures between living things, thereby engendering a turn towards non-humans and the recognition of others. The work reflects the origins of these emotions, how we define them and how we conceive of their function as part of a larger continuum of living beings.
Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland,
Feb 3, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019
21st Biennale of Sydney, Australia,
Mar 16 - Jun 11, 2018
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France,
Mar 3 - Apr 8, 2018
M-Museum, Leuven, Belgium,
May 18 - Sep 16, 2018
THE BRIDGE – The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., USA,
Oct 13, 2018 - Jan 31, 2019
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland,
Feb 3, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019
SEVERAL WORKS – Museum M, Leuven, Belgium, May 18 - Sep 19, 2018
THE BRIDGE – Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, USA, May 5 - Sep 16, 2018
FISHERMEN – Fondazione Mudima, Naples, Italy, Jun 6 - Jul 25, 2018
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – 21st Sydney Biennale, Australia,
Mar 16 - Jun 11, 2018
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France,
Mar 3 - Apr 8, 2018
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA – ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 5, 2017 - Feb 25, 2018
THE HOUSE – The Warehouse, Dallas, USA, Jul 10 - Dec 31, 2017
SEVERAL WORKS – Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany, Sep 11 - Dec 23, 2017
FISHERMEN – A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa,
Sep 13 - Nov 30, 2017
THE ANNUNCIATION – Luther and the Avant-Garde, Former Prison of Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Germany, May 18 - Sep 17, 2017
FISHERMEN / ÉTUDES No 1 – Cubo Arte, Fundacion Mar Adentro, Coastline La Serena, Chile, Sep 4 - 8, 2017
SEVERAL WORKS – Ecologías del drama, MAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Coruña, Spain, Apr 27 - Sep 3, 2017
CASTING PORTRAITS – GNYP Gallery, Berlin, USA, Jun 29 - Aug 2, 2017
THE ANNUNCIATION – Vulgata, Kultum, Graz, Austria, Mar 1 - Jul 8, 2017
SCENOGRAPHER’S MIND – Dreamaholic, Weserburg Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, Mar 1 - Jul 8, 2017
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA, Mar 1 - Apr 22, 2017
IF 6 WAS 9 & CASTING PORTRAITS – Collection Westreich, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, Jun 10, 2016 - Mar 27, 2017
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE
‘The human’ is achieved by escaping or repressing not just its animal origins in nature, the biological, and the evolutionary, but more generally by transcending the bonds of materiality and embodiment altogether.”
Moving image sculpture in 3 silent parts dealing with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings.
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris, France, Apr 10 - 15, 2018
Bucharest Experimental Film Festival, Romania, Mar 26 - Apr 1, 2018
Kettupäivät, Helsinki, Finland, Nov 15 - 19, 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, Sep 28 - Oct 13, 2017
Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland, Sep 14 - 24, 2017
Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival, Finland, Aug 18 - 20, 2017
Curtas Vila do Conde, Vila do Conde, Portugal, Jul 8 - 16, 2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, UK, Jun 9 - 14, 2017
Festival of Audio-Visual Arts, Athens & Corfu, Greece, May 5 - Jun 11, 2017
LOOP, Barcelona, Spain, May 18 - 27, 2017
Berlin Film Festival / Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany, Feb 9 - 18, 2017
WHERE IS WHERE? by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Algeria - Extract of Perfumes, Cinemateket, Oslo, Norway, Sep 7 - 17, 2017
TODAY by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
AVEK 30, Tampere Film Festival, Finland, Mar 7 - 11, 2018
AVEK 30, Orion - Finnish Film Archive, Helsinki, Finland, Sep 8 - 10, 2017
Studies on the Ecology of Drama
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA
“How to depict living things? How to approach them? How to convey a different way of being, another being's world? How to make it into a continuous event that becomes part of our idea of reality?”
4-channel projected moving image installation and single-channel film that uses the methods of presentation as a path to the company of other living beings. It expands upon the issues of ecological moving image narrative explored in her previous works – the focus in this work being on presentation, imaging and imagination in the context of the moving image.
RETROSPECTIVE CATALOGUE OF AHTILA’S WORKS IN SPANISH
On the occasion of Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s major retrospective in Spain, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo of A Coruña is publishing together with DARDO, the first Spanish language catalogue by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, presenting a cross section of her work.
The catalogue spans over 200 pages of museum views of installed works, photographic works, film stills and screen captures. The catalogue features a previously unpublished text by art historian Hanna Johansson The Temporal and Ecological Sphere of Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Film and The Moving Image as Witness by author Mieke Bal. Studies on the Ecology of Drama, Horizontal, Anthropomorphic Exercises on Film, The Annunciation, The House, Today and Dog Bites have been photographed at MAC and these never seen photographs are included, together with views from other shows by the artist.
ECOLOGIES OF DRAMA – TEXT ANTHOLOGY PUBLISHED IN USA
Albright-Knox Art Gallery has published a 300-page anthology featuring texts on Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s moving image works. The anthology, titled "Eija-Liisa Ahtila: ECOLOGIES OF DRAMA – Collected Writings, Interviews, and Scripts", features a great variety of essays and conversational articles by various authors, as well as the synopses and scripts of all Ahtila’s moving image works.
The anthology is an excellent source book of Ahtila's works, and describes how she has been a groundbreaking artist since the beginning of the 1990s, pioneering in creating a new genre in contemporary art, the multi-channel moving image installation.
POTENTIALITIES OF LOVE
An extended, thematic book inspired by Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s sculptural installation.
Potentialities of Love reflects on themes central to Ahtila’s artistic practice. It expands on the visual approach of her thoughts, using her latest hybrid cinematic installation, Potentiality for Love as a starting point.
It focuses on Otherness, Animal Lives, and Love/Compassion, and discusses how these three themes are interlinked. —1st part of the book is providing a brief sketch for a historical/philosophical background of the construction of the concept of the animal as the other. 2nd part discusses embodiedness and vulnerability, from the point of animals’ experience and biographies. 3rd part is returning to the theme of love and its connection with the other, and expands on the artist’s work in relation to an aesthetics of love.
These themes are central to Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s artistic thinking, especially as she has been engaging with animals’ experience and intersubjectivity between animals and humans. Creatureliness traverses all her work — how can the sense of creaturely exposure and mutual belongingness be evoked in moving image installations; is it possible for this sense to become a basis for an ethics of nonviolence?
Potentialities of Love is ’an intellectual art book’, which by using variety of image sources and contemporary graphics design approach —combined with high end print quality— elevates the book format to a level of an independent work of art.
Current Photographic work
HORIZONTAL is a six-image portrait of a living spruce. —The work is a record of its existence as a living organism, or perhaps more to the point, a presentation of the difficulty of perceiving and recording a spruce tree with the methods of visual documentation invented by humans.
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA RETROSPECTIVE @ M MUSEUM, LEUVEN
"Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker. She experiments with narrative storytelling in her films and cinematic installations. In her earlier works she has dealt with the unsettling human dramas at the centre of personal relationships. Her interest includes the processes of perception and attribution of meaning, at times in the light of a larger cultural and existe...
ELA @ AUSTRALIAN CENTER FOR MOVING IMAGE, MELBOURNE
"ACMI presents Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Studies on the Ecology of Drama, a four-screen projected installation on view from 5 December, 2017 to 25 February, 2018. Filmed in the Finnish countryside, a ‘human actor’ guides us through a series of thoughtful yet playful visual exercises. Using animation and visual effects, we’re invited to consider the way cinema contributes t...
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA @ THE 21st BIENNALE OF SYDNEY
“The curatorial premise of the 21st Biennale of Sydney is an exhibition that will explore multiple viewpoints in search of a state of equilibrium. With a holistic view, the Biennale will also seek in-depth engagement with individuals and communities while exploring a range of perspectives and meanings of abstractions.”
Announcing the first 21 artists of the 21st Bienn...
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA retrospective @ MAC IN A CORUNA
Ecologies of Drama, which is on view until 10 September 2017, is the first major solo exhibition by Eija-Liisa Ahtila in Spain.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) de la Fundación Gas Natural Fenosa is presenting the exhibition Ecologies of Drama by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, the internationally celebrated Finnish contemporary visual artist and filmmaker, at its headquarters ...
eija-liisa ahtila @ GUGGENHEIM BILBO, EUSKADI
From May 12 to August 28, 2016, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is proud to present the Spanish premiere of Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s The Annunciation (2010). This will be the seventh work to appear in the Museum’s Film & Video Gallery, inaugurated in 2014 and dedicated to video art, video installation, and the moving image.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila (b. 1959, Hämeenlinna, Finland) sh...
4K/2K DIGITAL RESTORATION PROJECT
Crystal Eye is remastering all existing works, installations and films by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Ilppo Pohjola. Detailed digital restoration is executed from the original camera and laboratory negatives and the original audio sources to reach maximum image and audio quality – without losing artist's original intention and the film look. The project will be finished by the end of this year.
pre+post vernissage views
CURRENT AFFAIRS FROM THE ARCHIVES
A LIE NEEDS ONLY TO BE REPEATED
TEN TIMES TO BECOME TRUE
by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
1987 | Text installation on bulletin boards and stickers
Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker. She experiments with narrative storytelling in her films and cinematic installations. In her earlier works she has dealt with the unsettling human dramas at the centre of personal relationships, dealing e.g. with teenage sexuality, family relations, mental disintegration and death. Her later works deal with profound and basic artistic questions where she investigates the processes of perception and attribution of meaning, at times in the light of a larger cultural and existential thematic like colonialism, faith and posthumanism.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s exhibitions, film screenings and related projects around the world.
Contact: Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Tel. +358 9 694 2308
Eija-Liisa Ahtila is represented by
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, London & Paris
Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s works are produced by Crystal Eye – Kristallisilmä Oy