CAA - Contemporary Art Archipelago

Site-Specific Contemporary Art & the Archipelago



Without modifications to the social and material environments, there can be no change in mentalities. (Felix Guattari, The Three Ecologies, 2000, 27)

Philosopher and psychoanalyst Felix Guattari introduced three interacting and interdependent ecological registers and called for an ethical-political approach that brings them together: environmental, social and mental ecology. The sub-sections of the lecture series (ecology, economy and aesthetics/ethics) reflect these three registers. Yet they also aim to show how site-specific contemporary art allows for investigation that weaves the three areas together as well as creates platforms for dialogue where these distinct perspectives (from both science and everyday practices) can meet.


Taru Elfving (artistic director, CAA) Tea Mäkipää (artist, Weimar, Germany)


How has contemporary art responded to the increasing urgency of environmental concerns? Focus on the overlaps of activist and artistic practices, investigation and innovation, in both singular and collective human interactions with nature.

CAA AND SITE-SPECIFICITY Taru Elfving (artistic director, CAA)

INTRODUCTION TO LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL ART Hanna Johansson (art historian, University of Helsinki)

ARCHIPELAGO CASE STUDY: SUSTAINABLE FISHING In dialogue Katja Bonnevier (coordinator, Turku Archipelago Biosphere Reserve) and Arja Lehtimäki (artist and architect, project on local food for CAA)


Participatory art practices involve communities as well as take part in their production. Focus on social processes and alternative economies that art can initiate and support in close collaboration with differenT groups of participants and audiences.

ARTIST TALK Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (artist, Helsinki)

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY ART PRACTICE Lea Kantonen (artist and researcher, University of Art and Design, Helsinki)

ARCHIPELAGO CASE STUDY: SUSTAINABLE TOURISM In dialogue Katriina Siivonen (docent, Futures Research Centre, Turku University) and Platforma 9.81 (architect collective, Croatian archipelago, project on sustainable tourism for CAA)


A shift of emphasis from aesthetics to ethical concerns can be detected in contemporary art, especially in its new media, site-specific and socially engaged forms. Focus on the individual’s aesthetic and ethical choices in the artistic processes.

ARTIST TALK Jan-Erik Andersson (artist, Turku)

INTRODUCTION TO ARTISTIC RESERACH AND ITS ETHICS Antony Fredriksson (philosopher, Åbo Akademi)

Session 10. Conclusion: ethics of encounter / art & audience Taru Elfving (see Introduction)