Not Another Public Process

Exhib­i­tion Not Another Pub­lic Pro­cess starts from a fic­tional quote that could have been stated by dif­fer­ent fic­tional char­ac­ters in the cur­rent polit­ical and soci­etal cli­mate. Con­tem­por­ary forms of com­bin­a­tions of act­iv­ist and visual art have chal­lenged polit­ical pro­cesses and demo­cratic soci­et­ies. Art has changed how we under­stand pub­lic and media space and the lim­its of it. “Not Another Pub­lic Pro­cess” have been stated by a frus­trated politi­cian get­ting tired of artistic activism.

On the other hand, cur­rent par­lia­ment­ary demo­cratic insti­tu­tions and the pub­lic space con­nec­ted to them have been under heavy cri­ti­cism. Prob­lems occur­ring in demo­cratic insti­tu­tions caused for example the form­ing of the Occupy move­ment. ”Not Another Pub­lic Pro­cess” have been stated on the Tak­sim square or on Occupy Wall street in frus­tra­tion towards bour­geois and main­stream pub­lic space.

Exhib­i­tion sets a con­texts trough this two-fold frus­tra­tion for artistic and act­iv­ist approaches to pub­lic space in Fin­land and con­tem­por­ary ways of under­stand­ing gal­lery space as pub­lic space trough artistic prac­tices. In core of the the pub­lic­ness is nar­rat­ives mix­ing fact and fic­tion on how pub­lic­ness and demo­cratic pro­cess enables us to claim for bet­ter con­di­tions for the future. Artistic prac­tices and media tac­tics nar­rate and pro­duce uto­pian and fict­ive pos­sib­il­it­ies to state and exper­i­ence new ways of being in pub­lic with others.

Par­ti­cip­at­ing artists are Timo Breden­berg, JP Kal­jonen & Johanna Raekal­lio, Anne Lehtelä, Heidi Sara­mäki, Jukka Silok­un­nas and Teemu Takatalo.

Exhib­i­tion is real­ized in the con­text of the col­lab­or­a­tion between artist-run Rajat­ila Gal­lery at Tampere Fin­land and Upper Lab at Ber­gamo, Italy. It is cur­ated by Jussi Koitela. As another part of the col­lab­or­a­tion is exhib­i­tion organ­ized by cur­ator Emanuele Meschini and artists from Upper Lab at Gal­lery Rajat­ila June 2015. Exhib­i­tion is sup­por­ted by Frame Visual Art Fin­land and Arts Pro­mo­tion Centre Finland.