The idea for the residence period was to develop work for the exhibition and publication project 'Bare House'. Further to give a lecture at the Department of Art and Media Pori combined with a five-day workshop with a final presentation at the Värjäämö Project space.
The interdisciplinary project "Bare House", brought together artists, architects and city planners from different European countries and Mongolia. The project comments on the build environment, reflecting upon the past and present ideals of modern society through Western European Welfare states and the Developing World.
The period of residence at the AiR program gave space to develop work for that project and to develop site-specific work, like "The Sentinel". The Generaattori galleria gave the perfect background for the installation. "THe Sentinel" comments on a real situation in the Basilius cathedral in Moscow. Where probably practical reasons brought the sentinel to arrange a homely set-up at his working place. The installation withdraws the immaculate attitudes of a sentinel and makes him or her flesh and blood.
In Pori also the idea appeared to develop carpets out of felt. Felt is a mated fabric of wool, made by working the fibes together under pressure and by heat. The carpets denote the Mongolian tradition of felt making. Felt are still used as cover for portable Mongolian yurts, carpets and cloth. The material suggests protection and warmth. The German word felt, Filz, is also a synonym for cronyism. The carpets are showing motives of Mongolian city landscapes and housings. In their appearance they remind of monumental drawings.
Experiments with Filt
Publication: Pori AiR