*Biography*Statement*CV*

MERI HIETALA

*Merri Hellisnt*

 

Biography

Meri Hietala is an multimedia artist who creates site specific installations, sound art and performances.

Hietala has performed and exhibited in solo and group shows and created public art installations in Europe and Australia since 2006. Hietala often collaborates with  artists who’s ideologies and stories resonate  in creative collective actions.

Over the years inspiring materials have been random found objects, off cuts, waste and organic ones (plants, humans, fishes) as well as fresh and endangered sounds.

She completed her Bachelor degree in Textile Arts & Design in University of Art and Design Helsinki year 2009 focusing on Narcissos story in MeMeMe-installation in frozen pool in Helsinki. Hietala also studied Public Art in RMIT Australia 2008 which led to further MA studies in Environmental Arts in Aalto University Finland. In her thesis 2014 “Poluton”, Hietala explored the inner and outer landscapes of contaminated waters from psychogeographical derivé perspective.

 

Artist Statement

“For me the action is exploring the visible and touchable landscapes of mapped trails and reaching beyond these societal tracks. Sniffing the story lines, composing auditive and etheric cosmograms, celebrating the diversity.

My mission is to challenge the structures, imported restricting behavioral manners for all the living hybrids, with time and squeeze  I let this borrowed multi-sensorial temple to sink and introduce possible unions with the eternal patterns, movement and systems.

Be – longing

Another kind of dream state. This applies in various levels when creating sounds and performance. At times these actions  can be installed into material communication.

Hearing the unvisible.

Caressing the waters of mother earth.”

 

Selected performances

2017

Co-creation  Venice International Performance Art Week, Venice, Italy

PAB open, Aqua Mana long durational x 2  Performance Art Bergen, Norway

VeinEmoinen, Taidekeskus Antares, Performance art day, Kouvola, Finland

Ahtautuminen, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Olohuone 306,4m2 urban art festival, Turku, Finland

Aqua Mana solo sound performance, PATO club Ambient organized by Esa Kotilainen, Esa2, Taideruukki, Kuusankoski, Finland

Kalervo Palsa demo (invited by Palsa work group: Katri Kainulainen, Maximilliam Latva, Antti Ahonen, Arttu Kurttila), Mad House, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

2016

Lihallinen joulukalenteri – Meaty xmas calender, Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Reikä Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Solo performance “A La Toopi”  Oksasenkatu 11 gallery, opening of Suburbia exhibition by Katri Kainulainen and Antti Ahonen, Helsinki, Finland

RimeC7 solo, Kolmas Korva, Omenapuutalo, Helsinki, Finland

Shower Opera collective performance with Maija Saksman, Maippi Ketola, Mariam Haji, Wasteland festival, Kouvola, Finland

Solo Riimimikissa sound performance, Wasteland festival, Kouvola, Finland

Solo “VeinEmoinen” performance , OK11 goes east // XFAKTA, organized by Oksasenkatu 11 Galleria, Villa Lill-Kallvik, Helsinki, Finland

Shower Opera collective performance with Maija Saksman, Maippi Ketola, at Arlan sauna, Kallio kukkii, Helsinki, Finland

Solo “Lowe Dag 27” two performances as part of INTERCESSIONS OPEN performance event, Scratch Art Space, part of Marrickville Art Trail, Sydney Art Month, Sydney, Australia, supported by Frame

2015

Solo “Xmash Xhams” for LOCO Live performance festival, curated by Katya Petetskaya, Loco Project, Sydney, Australia LOCO Project

Performance “Xhams”, via skype in collaboration with Aamunkoiton Siat; K. Kainulainen, E. Tahkolahti, M. Latva, A. Ahonen for Porin Juhlaviikot, Pori, Finland

“Aqua Mana” soundpiece for “micro process”, curated by Irina Mutt, Nau Estruch, Catalonia, Spain

“Aqua Mana” soundperformance, collaboration with dancer Bonnie Curtis, On the CUSP, Bangarra Studio Dance Theater, Sydney, Australia

Ahtautuminen with Antti Ahonen & Ahtautujat – group, into Plastic Bottle Sea invited by Kaisa Salmi, Kouvola Art Museum, Kouvola, Finland

Live visuals with Vj KSNK for KOELSE, Wasteland Festival, Kouvola, Finland

Ahtautuminen with A. Ahonen & Ahtautujat, Ars Auttoinen, invited by Komugi Ando, Finland

Ahtautuminen (Hietala&Ahonen), Eskusplosion12H, ESKUS Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

Ahtautuminen (Hietala&Ahonen), invited by Komugi Ando, Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, Finland

2014
“Ahtautuminen” ongoing multidisciplinary art expedition with Antti Ahonen, Finland

“Closed violinist” Gallery 3H+k, Porin Juhlaviikot, Pori, Finland

SAHASTRA  at Jättömaa Wasteland Festival, Kouvola, Finland

Reptile collaboration with Ranjit Menon, Jättömaa Wasteland Festival, Kouvola, Finland

“BondAge1” performance collaboration with Aino Johansson, Gallery 3H + K, Pori, Finland

“Under the Urban Blanket” audiovisual collaboration with Chika Matsuda, screened @ MicrofilmFestival around Europe (Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin etc.)

SAHASTRA tour collaboration with Riders of Lost Current and Vj KSNK, in

NOOK culture center,

NIU,

Telenoika, Barcelona, Spain

Riders of the Lost Current collaboration, Ars Lieke­ iltamat, Kouvola, Finland

2013
SAHASTRA concerts;

XL Art Space (with Vj KSNK),

Pop Up Art House Diana stage (with Vj KSNK),

Hissimusaa (music in the lift) Vallila festival,

http://www.mustekala.info 10th year anniversary Kruunuhaka,

Akkuna Gallery & Tovi Gallery Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, Finland

2012
Camouflage ­ Living Sculpture painting (with VJ James Wright) , Racket 20, Experimental Arts, Sounds&Visuals Club @ Miss Libertines, Melbourne, Australia
“Tsunami” by Dead Ants Trio; Merri Hellisnt, Troy Naumoff, Kevin Lo, Miss Libertines, Melbourne, Australia

2011
Dead Ants Rainbow, Black Market, NoisePunkExperimental&beyond, Gasometer, Melbourne How to birds, by Kevin Lo, La Mama theater Explorations series, Melbourne, Australia
Fire Bird ­ Living Sculpture painting, Racket 16, Miss Libertines, Melbourne, Australia
Nobel ­ Live painting, Racket 7, Miss Libertines, Melbourne, Australia

2010
RR, Live painting/installations, Racket 5, Miss Libertines, Melbourne

 

Selected installations and exhibitions

2017

Solo exhibition “VeinEmoinen” at KOUTA Gallery, Kouvola Art Museum, Kouvola, Finland

2016

Guest Artist with Ahtautuminen (Hietala&Ahonen) in Suburbia exhibition by Katri Kainulainen and Antti Ahonen, Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki, Finland

Sound installation “Tearing the muse” for Art Trail, ‘Fractangular Gathering’,  Tasmania, Australia

2015

Landscape-Metropolis, sound art for Jonne Pitkänen’s video Alakulo, at Gallery G11, Berlin, Germany

Ahtautuminen with Antti Ahonen for group show OK11 – Open Call 1, Gallery Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki, Finland

2014

Ahtautuminen installation with Antti Ahonen for T.E.H.D.A.S. Live and Dead Art exhibition in Pori Museum of Art, Finland

Ahtautuminen exhibition with Antti Ahonen, Gallery 3H +K, Pori, Finland

REPTILE exhibition with Ranjit Menon, AMF Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Soiva Metsä collective sound junk installation in forest @Jättömaa Festival, Kouvola, Finland

About Love group exhibition, Gallery oYoY, curated by Aino Johansson, Lahti, Finland

Rendez Vous Cellular exhibition with Hanna Kaisa Vainio, NOOK Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2013
”Ton+Ton” audiovisual work with Hanna Kaisa Vainio for group show, Loop Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Multicoloured Dreams, murals with Hanna Kaisa Vainio, Kauppahalli, Helsinki

“Ton+Ton”, exhibition with Hanna Kaisa Vainio, ToviGallery, Lasipalatsi, Helsinki

Solo exhibition *POLUTON*, Kasematti IV Gallery, Harakka saari, Helsinki

2012

Shadow Event, installation, group show, Esitystaiteen keskus, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

Site specific Land Art interventions, “Poluton”, Lappland of Finland, Sweden and Norway

Monniponix installation, collaboration with Hanna Kaisa Vainio, Testaushalli – Laboratory Environmental Art group show@AAH, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Wooden Sculpture series “Dreamtime creation story” for Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery, Westerfolds Park, Melbourne, Australia

2011

ScanArt 2011 Group Show, 1000 Pound Bend Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

“WeB”, Hikulagi Environmental Sculpture park, Niue, South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand

NoTiced for Meirami collective in Group Show “Belonging”, Bahrain

2010
”Feather Gardens” sculpture for MoreArt, Moreland City Council Public Art Show, Melbourne, Australia

ScanArt 2010 Group Show, 1000 Pound Bend Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

AHNE 2010 festival, video installation “Better city, Better life?”, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

2009

*memorial* Solo Art exhibition, Galleria Aralis, Helsinki, Finland
“Take Away” Group exhibition, Galleria Johan S, Helsinki, Finland

Ancient fires collective wood/fire sculpture, Suomussalmi, Finland
”minimini” Group exhibition by spraygraphic, Tempe Arizona, USA
*MeMeMeMe* Solo Art Installation, Esplanadi Park, Helsinki, Finland
”ArtAttacks” Solo exhibition , Imagine Art Residency, Coomba, NSW, Australia

2008
Site specific Art Installations, “NoTiced”, “Fire Totem”, around South Island, New Zealand

Group exhibition/XmasAuction, Guildford lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

”Page 702” Solo exhibition , Eisenberg ́s Gallery, The Victorian Museum Of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia

Poste SF Group show , Melbourne Street Art Festival, Famous When Dead Gallery, Australia

2007
Menkka HaukkaAnti Fashion Show Tour, Collection ”!McEstae!”, Helsinki & Porvoo, Finland

Solo !McEstae!, Secco Shop Gallery space, Helsinki, Finland
Kohtuullisen Onnellinen recycled group Art show, Laituri Gallery, Kamppi, Helsinki, Finland
Inter Female group show, Galleria Aralis, Helsinki, Finland

2006
Cumulus International Design Conference, “January” Collection with Jukka Herttua for Ecological Green Fashion Show, Nantes, France
Secco Recycled Designs Showroom touring Paris, Tokyo and Helsinki
Recycled Designs from 2005, Kino Riitta, Turenki, Finland

Lectures

2009 Secco and recycled designs/textiles in re-­use, University of Lappland Rovaniemi, Finland

2005-­2006 Recycling design workshops with Kierke Helsinki, in Turku and in Helsinki, Finland

Member of

Finnish Bio Art Society, Vadelma ry, Kouta

Permanent art works
“Creation story, Brolga Dreaming”, wood sculpture cypress pine, 2012, for Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery, Alistair Knox Park, Melbourne, Australia

“WeB”, junk installation, Hikulagi Sculpture Park, Niue Island, South Pacific

“MissSpell”, wood sculpture, by the Merri Creek, Ceres Environmental Park, Melbourne, Australia

Residencies

2017 Taidekeskus Antares, Sippola, Finland

2013-­17 RASi637, Kouvola, Finland

2015 Imagine, Coomba, NSW, Australia, supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland
2012 Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Finnish Bio Art Society, Finland
2010 Blender Studios, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Imagine, Coomba, NSW, Australia
2008 Understudy to Multimedia Artist Maxine Williams, Clyde, New Zealand

Contact

memhietala@gmail.com

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/rimec7

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