Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

Artist presentations: Luciana Ohira & Sergio Bonilha present "transimmanence" + Jane Hughes presents ¨Imagining Other Worlds¨
artist presentation: discussion
08 February, 2012 00:00 18:30
part of project: Labyrinths and Rings
Luciana Ohira and Sergio Bonilha (Brazil) 

"transimmanence" is an art project by Luciana Ohira & Sergio Bonilha. In their words "It is a new project we are working on as a way of think about this largely announced "shift on Earth" we are (maybe) about to experience in/from 2012. Three artworks named with titles suggesting transcendent issues but offering three mainly immanent experiences is what we propose in a Spinozian way of mixing feeling and thinking. Does it sounds too abstract? Don't worry! We are going to bring with us one of the artworks, "ascesis", plus pictures from it's construction process."

Born and getting crazy in São Paulo City, Brazil, Luciana Ohira (1983) and Sergio Bonilha (1976) have undergraduated and obtained master degrees side by side at the University of São Paulo. Working together since 2005 they have shown their projects inside and outside of their countries borders trying to understand life a little bit better.

Jane Hughes: Imagining Other Worlds

‘The language and narrative of peripheries, forgotten and forbidden areas have been a recurring motif in my work. Much of my source material in my installations originates in these desolate landscapes, banal roadside views, crumbing structures, hidden remnants and peculiar locations. I am in constant pursuit of the unexpected, the sinister, the eerie, the surprising, the beautiful and the perpetual deception of our lived environment.’

The exhibition Imagining Other Worlds invites the viewer into a dark enchanted world of obstacles, shaky ground, grainy images, blurry lines, rusty textures, elusive sounds and all the poetics of dirt and grime.

Jane Hughes is an Irish born artist, who works mainly with video and installation. She is currently finishing her MA in Environmental Art at Aalto University. She attained her BA in fine art from National College of Art & Design in Dublin in 2006. Since then she has been based in Berlin and involved in various artist run projects and collaborations. Since 2008 she has been a member of WerkStadt e.V, where she regularly organizes events and curates shows. Her work is currently on show in Berlin as a part of the group show New Horizons and the Contemporary Romantic in Kunstraum T27 until the 15th of February. A catalogue also accompanies the show. Hughes has exhibited widely internationally including Iceland, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Russia and the Netherlands in various project spaces, festivals, local and state galleries. 

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*We also officially launch the Space is the Place zine, which documents a collaborative project between Ptarmigan, XL Art Space and Kuvataideakademia*