Mikko Kuorinki

Seminal Bricolage (first attempt) @ Like a little disaster, Jul 9 – Aug 8

7 July 2016

The Seminal Bricolage (first attempt) group exhibition is on at Polignano a Mare’s Like a little disaster (L.A.L.D.), opening July 9 and running to August 8.

The exhibition, featuring Agnes Calf, Dorota Gawęda & Egle Kulbokaite, Mikko Kuorinki, and Tabita Rezaire among others, takes French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss’ ‘The Savage Mind’ text as a starting point, citing the term bricolage as an associative practice experienced by many non-western societies, wherein “solutions are invented following paths made of fortuitous, unstable and contingent discoveries”.

The extensive text accompanying the event announcement goes on to explain the concept in terms of multi-directional theories, its favouring dialogue over monologue and its connection with manual activities, as represented by works in show that is explicitly and implicitly conditioned by “complex intersections of class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality”.

Seminal Bricolage will be supported by an interactive online performance by Martina Gold called ‘When Our Lips Speak Together’ on July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, accessible via a secret code retrievable from email press@likealittledisaster.com with subject line ‘Martina NSFW’.

See the L.A.L.D. website for details.**

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Mikko Kuorinki @ Sorbus-galleria, Jan 15 – 31

14 January 2016

Mikko Kuorinki‘s Skitsystem exhibition is on at Helsinki’s Sorbus gallery, opening January 15 and running to January 31.

The Helsinki-based artist currently runs collaborative platform for programming, exhibiting and publishing, Ruler, with Diego Bruno, which has show at HIAP and SIC gallery and works with the likes of Ola Vasiljeva, Hito Steyerl, Kimmo Modig, Lisa Holzer among many more familiar names.

Taking its title from the Swedish crust punk band, Kuorinki claims no other connection with the Skitsystem exhibition other than that, instead recommending the writing of Robert Creeley, Lisa Robertson, Robert Grenier and Hannah Weiner and other as supplementary reading. The press release also comes with a quote from Japanese Zen Buddhist monk ‘Ikkye’ (see: Ikkyū):

nobody knows shit
nobody lives anywhere
hello dust!

It will open with a reading event at 3pm called ‘Kaikki lukevat…! / Everybody reads…!’ on January 15.

See the FB event page for details.**

Mikko Kuorinki + Carl Palm, 'Menu (True Blue)' (2014). Courtesy SIC Space.
Mikko Kuorinki + Carl Palm, ‘Menu (True Blue)’ (2014). Courtesy SIC gallery, Helsinki.
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