Rowing Stadium to be the venue for Jana Winderen’s IHME Helsinki commission

The first IHME Helsinki Commission will be open to the public on August 7–25. The site-specific sound installation by the Norwegian artist Jana Winderen will be at the Rowing Stadium on Taivallahti Bay, Helsinki. The Rowing Stadium designed by the architect Hilding Ekelund (1893-1984), was built for the 1940 Olympic Games. The Stadium has seats facing the sea, which seemed perfect for an artist who wants to draw our attention to life underwater. Winderen’s sound installation can be listened while sitting on the seats. Read more about the artist.

“Jana Winderen’s work, which has long focused on oceans and other waterway ecosystems, and on changes in them, is continuously relevant. This is because the climate crisis is accelerating negative changes, such as the warming and eutrophication of sea water in the Baltic sea.” says Paula Toppila, Executive Director and Curator of IHME Helsinki.

During the spring and summer, IHME Helsinki will be publishing the meetings that Jana Winderen had with experts from various fields. Artist’s interview with Seppo Knuuttila, a limnologist and researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) can be found from IHME’s website.

“Jana Winderen’s IHME Helsinki Commission is the first of our contemporary-art productions that looks for ways of adopting sustainable solutions that reduce its own carbon footprint. This involves negotiations with the artist right from the planning stage. Instead of arranging an international seminar we decided to publish some of the conversations between the artist and the experts from various fields on our website.” says Paula Toppila. Read more tips towards carbon-neutral art institutional practise in our Ecoblog.

The coronavirus epidemic and Finnish Government measures to slow its spread may cause changes in the programme.

More information and interview requests: Executive Director Paula Toppila: paula.toppila@ihmehelsinki.fi, p. + 358 45124 0096. Press materials and photos: https://www.ihmehelsinki.fi/en/media/. Password from Cultural Producer Päivi Matala: paivi.matala@ihmehelsinki.fi, +358 45 235 0080.

IHME commissions works of contemporary art that unite the worlds of art and science. Each year, IHME produces a public artwork and a series of conversations that offer a vision and hope amid the environmental crisis. IHME’s commissions and events are open and free for everyone.

Photo: Jana Winderen