What Is To Be Done?

June 18–August 19, 2015

Exhibition Laboratory
University of the Arts Helsinki
Academy of Fine Arts
Merimiehenkatu 36
00150 Helsinki

The Exhibition Laboratory summer Open Exhibition Class: What Is To Be Done? is dedicated to the exhibition as a place provocative of artistic and political thought. The proposed exhibition process involves the conscious act of slowing down, of entering stillness, amidst the stream of over production and over exposure in the field of exhibitions in contemporary society.

We will try to challenge the limits of what can be done in terms of exhibitions through a disinterested act of reduction of expression. By the simple act, or non-act, of refusing to comply, we propose to apply a strategy of deviation and restructuring. This may lead to spectators’ reactions of alienation as well as compassion, creating a vibrant space of uncertainty. What Is To Be Done? will take place in reverse, if you will; the exhibition will only become an exhibition at the end of the process when all ideas and projects have been formulated beyond the exhibition. What Is To Be Done? constitutes quiet a risk for the artists, curators and participants. As the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Twenty artists from the University of the Arts, Academy of Fine Arts will start this inquiry exhibition Wednesday, June 17, 2pm-8pm. During the exhibition the exhibition will be off. Meanwhile the process and discussions can be followed in this blog. A series of alternatives, findings and restructurings will be presented on Thursday 13 of August, 2pm-8pm at the Exhibition Laboratory, unless otherwise mentioned.

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