Past Resident2016: Uniarts Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts in partnership with Saastamoinen Foundation, Uniarts Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts in partnership with Saastamoinen Foundation
Tuomas A. Laitinen
Tuomas A. Laitinen is an artist whose work fuses moving image, 3D animation, light, sound, installations and spatial interventions. His artworks are loaded with references ranging from ancient tragedies to philosophy to speculative fiction to experimental music to architectural history to contemporary media culture. More recently, Laitinen has conducted in-depth research on the global circulation of raw materials, namely copper, to address the micro and macro processes and concerns that inform contemporary reality. Laitinen’s art exposes the connections and negotiates between private and public, and poetic and political.
Tuomas A. Laitinen graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in 2008. Laitinen has participated in exhibitions and festivals throughout the world including the Bucharest Biennale; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; SADE LA Gallery, Los Angeles; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; Moving Image New York 2016; Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, Australia, 2015; and the 5th Cairo Video Festival, 2013. His recent major solo exhibition Fundamental Matter was held at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland in 2014-2015. In 2013, Laitinen was awarded the first Fine Arts Academy of Finland’s award for emerging Finnish artists.
Residents from Finland
Past Resident2016: Australia Council for the Arts
Since the 1990s, John Aslanidis has been the exploring the relationship between sound and vision through painting. Influenced by the field of electronic music, Aslanidis was a member of Clan Analogue, a collective of sound and visual artists during the 1990s. He has further explored this sound-vision fusion through collaborations with sound artists and sound/painting installations, which have been exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney, New York and Berlin.
John Aslanidis lives and works in Melbourne. His recent exhibitions include Eye Score: The Audible Image, Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne, 2015; Color Music, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 2014; The Sharper Image, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, 2013; Emergence and Structure, Lafayette College, Museum of Art + Design Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2012. In 2012, Aslanidis was commissioned for a large-scale painting by the Arts Centre Melbourne for the Hammer Hall titled Sonic Network no. 11.
Residents from Australia
Past Resident2016: Colección Diéresis
Adrián S. Bará
Adrián S. Bará’s art practice combines his education as a filmmaker, his interest in visual narratives and his empirical approache to everyday situations. Bará’s work is generated through the appropriation of visual elements and materials taken from his immediate environment. He is interested in the processes of everyday life, inserting himself in various scenarios to produce work based on his experience.
Adrián S. Bará (born 1982, Mexico City) lives and works between Guadalajara and New York. He studied Film Studies at Capilano University in Vancouver and has exhibited extensively in Mexico. Recent projects include: Reconstrucción, Museo de Arte de Zapopan; Le Palais, Páramo Galería; and Guadalajara and American Cinema, Travesía Cuatro Gallery. In 2012, he was in residence at Casa Vecina in Mexico City where he produced the project Rock and Roll. In 2016, Bará was awarded the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) grant for emerging artists.