Johann Arens

Sorbus Video Week @ Sorbus-galleria, May 20 – 24

18 May 2015

Sorbus Gallery will be hosting a five-day video and film screening series called Sorbus Video Week at their Helsinki space from May 20 to May 24.

The program is compiled by curator Attilia Fattori Franchini, artist Jaakko Pallasvuo and the Sorbus working group, and is divided into five evenings of screenings, many of which will have their Finnish premiere.

The line-up brings  video and film work by around 20 different artists and artist groups, including Pallasvuo, who has programmed the opening night on May 20, with ‘Self-Accusation’ (2015) and Keren Cytter with ‘The Victim’ (2006), both screening on May 20, as well as Ben Russell with ‘Atlantis’ (2014) on May 22, and Dominic Watson with ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ (2014), Jala Wahid with ‘I’ve got a burning desire (come on, tell me boy)’ (2014) and Johann Arens with ‘Marte e Venere – A Hand Held Monument’ (2013) on May 23.

See the Sorbus Video Week page for details. **

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Johann Arens @ The Basement, Dec 12

9 December 2013

Johann Arens is presenting a solo show, Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery, at Paradise Row‘s Basement, December 12.

If you’ve ever been witness to (or a part of) corporate crawl that sees local business move on, you’ll know that one of the first things to go with the stream of gentrification is the internet cafe. In tribute to one closed in June, Arens presents an installation of the remains of the Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery interior, among standard exhibition furniture and including instructional printouts in display cases, dysfunctional computer terminals and deteriorating furniture:

As visitors browse the desktops and trash bins of the antiquated personal computers, they will build up an insight into the lives of Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery’s customers through curriculum vitae print outs, long distance coach-tickets, pictures of property for rent, lovenotes, snapshots, a business ad for a pedicure salon.”

See the Paradise Row website for details. **

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