Pekka & Teija Isorättyä
Artist duo Pekka & Teija Isorättyä work together with a variety of media, producing mainly kinetic and electromechanical sculptures. The Isorättyä’s artwork reflects the problematic and close relationship between man and machine. They use found materials, sometimes inspired by the people they meet, such as medical equipment, solar panels, tuna or pig skin, to bring attention to the environment around us. In their work, they investigate how to convey human values and concepts through the machines.
Pekka & Teija Isorättyä (both born 1980, Finland) met in kindergarten. They studied art together at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and completed their MA in 2010. Pekka & Teija Isorättyä started their career in Mexico City with an exhibition at Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in 2008. They have exhibited in other spaces in Mexico including Anahuacalli Museum, Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros and Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público. In 2010, the Isorättyä’s founded the art space Invalid Robot Factory in Berlin. From 2013-2015, they travelled to Japan, Mexico, and the Baltic region in a sailboat.isorattya.com
Residents from Finland
Anne de Vries
Anne de Vries is a Dutch artist working on the border of digital photography and other media, such as video and sculpture since 2003. De Vries is interested in how our understanding of reality is influenced by new media. He reconnects paradoxical elements, including different types of materials, to construct his works, often assessing how matter and information are constantly impacting one another.
Anne de Vries has exhibited work at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe; Cell Project Space, London; The 9th Berlin Biennale; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Parc Saint Léger – Centre d’art contemporain, France; Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany; Museum De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands; Nest, The Hague; Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam; Manifesta Foundation, The Netherlands; Centre culturel suisse (CCS), Paris; New Wight Biennial, University of California, Los Angeles; Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; The Moving Museum, Turkey; Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing; and more. He is currently teaching a master’s level class, “Contemporary Art and Photography,” at L’ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, Switzerland.annedevries.info
Residents from The Netherlands
In her installations, Sonia Leimer explores our perceptual foundations, which are formed on the basis of individual, historical, and media-related patterns of experience. As products of concrete historical contexts, rooms and objects undergo a transformation in which history and societal changes become palpable.
Sonia Leimer lives and works in Vienna. She studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Art Vienna. From 2007 to 2012, she hosted a radio titled City and the Image. She taught at the Academy for Art and Photography together with Martin Guttmann from 2012–2016. Leimer exhibited her work internationally at Leopold Museum, Vienna; Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen; Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich; Los Angeles Museum of Art; 5th Moscow Biennial; artothek, Cologne; Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bozen, Italy; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Kunstverein Basis, Frankfurt; BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna; Salzburger Kunstverein; and Manifesta 7, Rovereto.sonialeimer.net