Helinä Hukkataival: Trash Art

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TRASH ART (Darmstadt 2002, Lathi 2000, Helsinki 1999, Bern 1998) sammelt den Abfall, den viele Menschen in ihren Taschen umhertragen. Dieser wird vor Ort in transparente Tüten eingenäht.

Seit 1990 arbeitet die finnische Künstlerin hauptsächlich im Bereich Performance und Installation, oft interaktiv und ortsspezifisch. In ihren Aktionen verbinden sich u.a. Einflüsse von Tai-Chi, Zen Praktiken und Fluxus.

Ort Darmstadt, Ernst-Ludwig-Platz
vor dem Weißen Turm und Kaufhaus Henschel&Ropertz
Zeit 22.-25. Mai 2002 Mi, Do, Fr, 15 - 18 Uhr  Sa 11 - 14 Uhr
Vernissage Mittwoch, 22. Mai 2002, 17 Uhr

Look or Listen

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LOOK OR LISTEN (Darmstadt 2002) bietet die Möglichkeit den ständigen Stadtverkehr anders wahrzunehmen – nur mit Hilfe der Ohren.

Ort Darmstadt, Friedensplatz
vor dem Hessischen Landesmuseum am Cityring
Zeit 24. Mai 2002 10 - 13 Uhr

KunstTREFFpunkt wird unterstützt vom Kulturamt der Stadt Darmstadt, von Henschel und Ropertz und dem Zentrum für Performance-Studien (ZPS).


Helinä Hukkataival: Curriculum Vitae

Polvikatu 7 b 17, 33100 Tampere, Finland

Studies Tampere Polytechnic, Art and Media, professional specialization studies in media art, 2002-
Miniforum, International Performance Workshop, Turku 1998
Gestalt Art Therapy studies at Ihmissuhdetyö, Helsinki
Performance workshop by Derevo Theatre, Leningrad, USSR, 1990
Institute of Arts and Crafts,Helsinki, !962-1966
Lindenwood College, Art Department, St.Charles, Mo, USA 1961‑62
Selected group exhibitions "CURE - Art for Young Men", Helsinki City Art Museum, Tennispalatsi, Helsinki, 2002
"PSI 7", 7th Performance Studies International Conference, Mainz, Germany, 2001
"Voltti ( Meeting Points of Art and Sport)",; in 2002: Jyväskylä Art useum, Oulu Art museum, Helsinki Museum
of Photography, Mikkeli Art Museum Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma 2001
11. Kunsttage Dreieich 2001, Germany
"Lever and Lever"-Performance Festival, Lappeenranta 2001
Summer Exhibition of Tampere Artists' Association, Mältinranta Artcenter, Tampere 2001
Mänttä Art Weeks 2001, 1997, 1995
106. exhibition of Finnish Artists, Museum of Central Finland, Jyväskylä 2001
G 66, Gallery Into, Helsinki 2000
104. exhibition of Finnish Artists, Art Hall, Helsinki 1999
"Boxing", exhibition of Muu ry, Myyrmäki House, Vantaa 1999
Muu Ry 10th Anniversary Exhibition, "Mental Metro", Helsinki, 1998
1. Performance Festival Bern, Switzerland 1998
Sara Hilden Art Museum "My Portrait, Your Portrait"‑exh from Finland, Oslo, Norway 1997
Summer Exhibition "Beautiful", Mänttä 1996
Union of the Finnish Art Associations' 55.exhibition, Kerava 1993
Regional Exhibition of the County of Häme, 1989
Hämeenlinna Artists'Association's exhibitions 1970,1971 and 1972
Solo exhibitions paintings and performances);
Gallery Jangva, Helsinki 2001, 1997
Museum Centre Vapriikki Tampere (Tampere Theatre Festival) 2000,
Gallery Blum, Helsinki 1999,
Gallery Saskia, Tampere 1989
Art House, Nokia 1989,
Gallery Critical Space, Helsinki 1989
Jämsänkoski Adult Education Center 1988
2002 coming "From Kitchen to Table", Performance Start 2002, Wurttembergischer Kunstwerein, Stuttgart, Germany
and "Look or Listen" and "Trash Art", KunstTREFFpunkt, Darmstadt, Germany
2002 "Small Ice", Yokotai - program for TV1, Helsinki
2001 "Ice", Four Women- performance night, Gallery BE19, Helsinki
"Face", Gallery Rajatila, Tampere
"Green Blood, Root Blood" and "White Energy", 11. Kunsttage Dreieich, Germany
"Art Talk", "Action Painting" and "Pure Art", Country and Urban Performance Festival, Lappeenranta
"A Long Line", 6th Art Weeks in Mänttä
"Bubble Chapel", Museum of Central Finland, Jyväskylä
"Art and Life 2 ", Exit Performance Festival, Cable Factory, Helsinki
2000 "Art and Life", Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
"Gift", 80th anniversary reception of Tampere Artists' Association at Tampere Town Hall
"Alone " Mechelininkatu 27, Helsinki
"Trash Art", City Art ‑exhibition, Lahti
"Bubble Chapel", Vapriikki, Tampere International Theatre Festival
"Clear the Table", Twelve to twelve ‑ performance festival, Tampere
"Ars longa‑vita brevis Ill", Gallery Into, Helsinki
"Labyrinth" (with Jarmo Järvinen, dance), Museum Centre Vapriikki Tampere
1999 "Coloured Head Spinning", Helsinki, Poikkeustila ‑performance festival
"Out of the Head", Pori,
"Shame", Gallery Blum, Helsinki
"Mother of Lemminkäinen", Suomi Kannel, Sammatti
"Vita brevis ‑ ars longa", Myyrmäki House, Vantaa
"Trash Art", Art Hall, Helsink
1987‑1997 52 different performances, e.g. in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Mänttä, Oslo, Bern
Grants Finnish Fund for Art Exchange,2001
The Regional Art Council of Pirkanmaa, 2000
VISEK ‑Promotion Center of Visual Arts 1997
The Regional Art Council of Häme 1992
Works in collections Raimo Anttila Foundation
Memberships Finnish Painter's Union, Artists' Association MUU ,Tampere Artists' Association
Teaching University of Art and Design Helsinki, Further studies programme (visiting teacher),1999
"Ett Mångkulturellt Norden" - a Scandinavian art project for youth, Copenhagen,1996
Art teacher of comprehensive and upper secondary school 1966-2001

Artist in residence (invited by Raumars Association in Rauma, Finland) 15.10.‑31.12.00, making of a community art projec

Helinä Hukkataival: Artist´s Statement


Lives and works in Tampere, Finland

Performance, installation, and painting are the mediums I am working with presently. Since 1990 performance has been the most important of them.

Performance has to me two different concepts.

Being always pre-considerated, I the performance as a visual act; a 3- dimensional image in time with movement and sound, or an interactive happening between some voluntary passer-by and me. In both cases personal presence is a prerequisite. The setting for my performance is often an installation, which also can work on its own e.g. "Bubble Chapel" (Jyväskylä, Helsinki 2001, Tampere 2000).

My way of performing has been influenced by 11 years of practise in Tai Chi and Zen meditation. The minimalist style of Zen aesthetics and the way of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony has always appealed to me, and that can be seen in several of my works. I also recognise some similarity of ideas to Fluxus as it has been pointed out to me, especially when turning very ordinary materials and waste into small pieces of art during some performances. For example: chewed gum ("Pure Art", Mainz, Lappeenranta 2001; Oslo, Helsinki, Mänttä 1997) and the trash people have in their pockets and handbags ("Trash Art", Darmstadt 2002; Lahti 2000; Helsinki 1999; Bern 1998).

The ideas for performances often come from everyday objects or actions: chewing gum, hammering, whipping cream, knitting... Sometimes they come from childhood memories like washing away the word GOOD, that I - being about 8 years old- had written with white chalk and very big letters on the wall of our apartment house. ("Shame", 1999 Helsinki). Sometimes the space and situation give the inspiration ("Mother of Lemminkäinen, Sammatti1999; " Hiroshima 50" Tampere 1995).

In many performances I have had interactive elements, and some have been completely based on interactivity (e.g. "Trash Art", "Pure Art"). Because these performances are totally dependent on voluntary participation in order to happen at all, they can be going on for hours, days or even weeks and can be repeated in different public places.

Since I see the performance as a picture in which, like in a painting, every detail influences the whole; I try to control the visual and the sound elements as much as possible. I do not use words -I am not an actor - except in the interactive performances, where I talk with the participants. I want to reduce all unnecessary movement from my performances. I like them to be short, condensed and their duration has been usually 10 -20 minutes. Sometimes I have compared my performances to rituals, forgotten long ago or to dreams shared by the spectators. Thus the performances can have surrealistic elements, and as dreams, they are open to interpretations.

Many of my performances have been sitespesific ("Long Line", Mänttä 2001;"Labyrinth", Tampere2000; "Shame"1999, "From the Diary of a Gardener ", Mänttä 1995). I have also taken part in a community art project in 2001, when being an artist in residence in Rauma.

In my recent series of paintings (mixed media: gouache and pastel) I have tried to catch the feeling of sincerity and innocence we sense in children, when they are absorbed in playing or are committed to learn something. In order to accomplish this I use a childlike way when drawing figures. In these works one can also find some relatedness to comic strip frames. The figures and the elements of everyday life I have combined with compact areas of intense colour.