Recent works in a new website 2016


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January: Material Art Fair 2016, Mexico City, with SADE LA gallery
January: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Market Screenings, CJC, LUX, AV-ARKKI distribution
December: The Earthbound @ Cannonball, Miami, hosted by Dwelling Projects. A group exhibition curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk. Conceived in the framework of Curatorial Program for Research, and coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach (More info soon)
December: Meditations & Spells, group exhibition, Ytan international, Västerös, Sweden. Curated by Toni Ledentsa. Link: facebook event
November/December: Sensory Adaptation Devices, Solo show @ SADE LA, Los Angeles, Link: SADE LA
November/December: screenings in Helsinki and Paris via AV-Arkki (more details soon)
October: In Other Worlds, group show,
Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

October: Deep Time Séance @ Kiasma Theatre
October: Mildura Palimpsest Biennale w/Kristian Haggblom, Mildura, Australia
January: Moderate Hardness, Solo show @ Helsinki Contemporary
March: Moving Image fair, New York
April: Deep Time Seance @ Residency Unlimited, New York
Curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi
More info here: Link: Deep Time Séance
April: Residency at Villa Karo, Benin
June: Al Dente, Solo show @ Sign Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
June: Group show, Frontiers in Retreat - Excavations @ HIAP, Helsinki, curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi

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The Powder of Sympathy, 2015


Diving deep into the often obscure global flow of materials, in this instance copper, The Powder of Sympathy sets in motion a frantic flow of images combined with feverish pounding, hissing and rattling sounds sourced from West Africa, the USA and China. The video is a one-channel version of Tuomas A. Laitinen’s four-channel video installation Conductor (2014). In The Powder of Sympathy, the healing properties of copper are juxtaposed with its conductive role in the development and continuity of electricity-dependent modern societies. It is a hypnotic journey to the material mediation of our existence.
An edition of the piece was acquired to the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in 2015.

- See the trailer at:
Original title / The Powder of Sympathy
Type / Single channel
Country / Finland, United States, Benin, China
Picture ratio / 16:9
Duration / 00:08:36
Language / English
Sound format / Stereo
Year / 2015
Credits / Tuomas A. Laitinen (Author), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Cinematographer), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Director), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Editor), Matti Ahopelto (Music), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Music), Jenna Sutela (text), Yuan Z (Actor), AVEK / - (Funder), HIAP / - (Funder), TAIKE / - (Funder), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Sound Design)

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Deep Time Séance @ Kiasma Theatre, Oct 2015


Deep Time Séance: Contamination is a gathering that meditates the circulation and accumulation of manmade toxins, the increasing pollution of our everyday surroundings, of places that feel distant to us and of our increasingly plastic bodies. The séance is organised as part of / festival that takes place on Oct 14–18 at Kiasma Theatre. The theme of this year’s festival is climate change.

In the early years of the 20th century, a séance signified a ritualistic session for communicating with the spiritual world. This séance, however, is a performative installation that collides rational and magical tactics in order to encounter the pervasive uncertainty and the ecological concerns of our contemporary reality. Various artistic means are merged ranging from video art, improvised live music, circulating sculptural objects to poetry, choreography and reiki healing.

Deep Time Séance: Contamination includes a site-specific, performative installation by Tuomas A. Laitinen, Matti Ahopelto, Tapio Viitasaari and Anna Rawlings, circulating energy objects and text by Jaakko Pallasvuo, choreography by Laura Jantunen and a collective reiki session conducted by Pia Lindman. The séance is curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi (HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme) as part of Frontiers in Retreat (2013–2018), a multidisciplinary project around ecologies and contemporary art.

Working Group: Matti Ahopelto (Siinai), Tuomas A. Laitinen, Tapio Viitasaari, Anna Rawlings: video, music, performance; Jaakko Pallasvuo: energy objects, text; Pia Lindman: reiki; Laura Jantunen: choreography; Jenni Nurmenniemi: curation

Part of the image material used in the performative installation courtesy of the Lost & Found Project: Family Photos Swept Away by 3.11 East Japan Tsunami, photos organised by Munemasa Takahashi. These images were recently used in Kristian Häggblom´s & Laitinen’s ongoing collaborative project dealing with uranium which premiered in Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, Australia earlier in 2015.

The first Deep Time Séance took place at Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York in April 2015, with the kind support of FCINY – Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, as part of the Mobius fellowship Program for art professionals.

The annual / event for contemporary theatre and performance is produced by Kiasma Theatre. The event is part of the four-year SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics 2013-2016 EU project that involves thematic events across Europe. Both projects SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics and Frontiers in Retreat are realised with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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Fundamental Matter exhibition view

Exhibition view @ EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art
January 2015


Photo: Ari Karttunen / EMMA

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Most Beautiful Book of the Year 2014

EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art’s publication Tuomas. A. Laitinen / Fundamental Matter has been chosen as The most beautiful Finnish book of the year 2014. The graphic design of the book is by Pekka Toivonen / Kasino Creative Studio.
Fundamental Matter was praised for it’s “austere poetics”.

The Most Beautiful Books of the Year have been chosen in Finland annually since 1947. The aim of the Finnish Book Art Committee is to draw attention to the book as an artistic whole. When choosing the Most Beautiful Books of the Year the Committee tries to find works in which form and content support each other as well as possible. The starting point for evaluating works is the overall graphic design, beginning with the typography and ending with the finished printed product. As well as classical printing skills, the Committee values fresh and new creative solutions.

Buy the book online from EMMA shop
Link: EMMA shop

Link: More info from the page of Finnish Book Art Commitee


Earlier on in 2015, the book won the book of the year prize in Antalis Design & Print awards.

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Sweet Spot of No Escape, 2014

A three channel sound installation, ultrasonic speakers and performers. Costumes by Daniel Palillo.

Extracts from the script:



Photograph: Ari Karttunen / EMMA

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Conductor, Matti Ahopelto concert @ EMMA

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Conductor 2014


4-channel video installation
Photo: Ari Karttunen / EMMA

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The first Finnish Arts’ Academy (Suomen Taideakatemian Säätiö) prize has been awarded to the visual artist Tuomas A. Laitinen (b. 1976), whose wide-ranging installations combine sound, light and the moving image. As part of his prize, Laitinen is holding an exhibition, Fundamental Matter, which explores topical global issues, at EMMA, starting this October.

The main work in the exhibition will be the four-channel video installation Conductor, which centres on the changes made to the human-made environment, as seen through the circulation of physical matter. The exhibition Fundamental Matter consists of both one-channel video works and spatial installations. All five works being shown are new, and have been made specifically for the exhibition.

Sound installation Sweet Spot of No Escape descripes the difficulty to escape from adverticements and information flood, using also performative means. The performance part of Sweet Spot of No Escape can be seen every Saturday between 13-14 during the exhibition time. The exhibition also includes two open events, a panel discussion in Finnish and an artist talk in English.
EMMA website

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