Disorientation

© L. Astala, 2013

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© L. Astala, 2013

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Disorientation

Curator: Marie Perrault

Exhibition
September 10 – October 15, 2016

Opening
September 10 at 5 pm

           


 

Disorientation brings together two recent works by Finnish artist Lauri Astala that pursue the artist’s interest in our relationship to space. By bringing forward feeling of strangeness and disorientation, the video installations presented at OBORO generate a discomfort that emphasizes the influence of affect and collective culture on our experience of intimate and collective spaces.

On Disappearance is an interactive video installation that brings the viewer inside the piece in real-time. Here, Astala represents himself returning to a familiar place after some time away. With his intimate thoughts, he challenges the viewer directly, confusing their mutual positions. Questions are posed about real space and the space of fiction, at the crux between perception and projection.

Transit poses a reflection on visual mass culture, more pointedly on the nature of cinema. In this video, the camera movements, unusual framing decisions and extensive editing work transform the scenes shot in New York City into sci-fi panoramas. With spectacular effects, this monumental video captivates the viewer with its illusion and fantasy.

With a careful selection of works, the exhibition puts forward the tenuous and complex ties that bind us to space, modulated by our own experience and the great narratives of collective culture. It also highlights the visual operating modes of displaying artworks.

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Lauri Astala

Lauri Astala lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. Astala's medium is the moving image, often constructed as in-situ installation. His works deal with concepts of space and the cultural structures that form our way of conceiving space. In our technologically mediated world, Astala is interested in the blurred border between actual and virtual reality. Amongst he venues that have showed his works in solo exhibitions are Turku Art Museum, Finland (2014); Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, New York, USA (2013); Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2013); Gallery Heino, Helsinki, Finland (2016, 2012, 2008); Helsinki Art Museum, Finland (2010); KUMU Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; Institut finlandais, Paris, France (2008). His exhibition at OBORO marks the premiering of his work in Canada.

Marie Perrault

Marie Perrault has published numerous essays and organised several exhibitions for museums and exhibition centers in Quebec and Canada, and for the Mois de la Photo à Montréal in 2001. She met Lauri Astala during a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn (ISCP) in 2012. Astala’s works immediately echoed her own research on technology and visual culture.