Megan and Murray McMillan, A Slight Shift of Gravity: Photograph 1, 2008
Our exhibition A Slight Shift of Gravity is currently on view at Gallery Titanik in Turku, Finland. In conjunction with this exhibition, we are hosting an online opening here on our blog featuring the video that’s currently on view at Titanik. In addition, we are including here the two photographs that are part of the same body of work. An alternate edit of the video is available here on our YouTube channel.
Megan and Murray McMillan, A Slight Shift of Gravity: Photograph 2, 2008
Production image of the shoot, photo by Reino Koivula.
A Slight Shift of Gravity opens tonight at Galleria Titanik from 6-8pm.
Itäinen Rantakatu 8
20700 Turku, Finland
A Slight Shift of Gravity, 2008, Megan and Murray McMillan, production still
A Slight Shift of Gravity, a new video installation by Megan and Murray McMillan, will open at Galleria Titanik on Thursday, July 10 from 6-8pm.
Megan and Murray McMillan are an artist-partnership collaborating in video, photography and installation. They are represented by Qbox Gallery in Athens, Greece and have exhibited nationally and internationally including the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia. They are beneficiaries of several awards including grants from the Dallas Museum of Art and Purdue University. They recently participated in the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007) in Turkey.
The McMillans have been married since 1997 and live and work in Providence, Rhode Island and are currently the Sumu Arte new media artists-in-residence.
Itäinen Rantakatu 8
20700 Turku, Finland
The exhibition will open concurrently on the blog and on our YouTube channel.
We’re looking for resourceful materials to use in the video / photo project we’re working on here in Turku. In the process, we’ve explored many secondhand shops and flea markets in the area. Yesterday we stumbled upon the mother of all earth-friendly institutions: Ekotori.
Part thrift shop / recycling center / educational resource center / commune / bike shop / bookstore / museum and general all-around hippie paradise. Ekotori has everything from Wedgewood china to kitchen appliances to supermarket conveyer-belt cashier stations, including a museum for old radios and televisions (above). And almost all of it real, vintage Scandinavian design.
The Aura River is the central artery of Turku. It flows through the center of the city and then out to the edge of the archipelago into the Baltic Sea. Much of Turku sits within walking distance of the river: the castle at its mouth, the market square, the ruins of medieval Turku that have been uncovered and now sit in the Aboa Vetus / Ars Nova museum.
The Turku Dom Cathedral, which began construction in 767 AD, is also a stone’s throw from the river. Every week there are free concerts there. Last week, we went to an pipe organ concert and listened to Bach‘s Fugue in C Major reverberate through the wooden pews into our bones.
We’re now in Turku, Finland at the Sumu Artists’ Residency. We’re editing the photos and video from the project filmed on the island off of Kökar.
John Baldessari, Teaching a Plant the Alphabet, 1972, video
From the Kiasma’s Adventures Underground installation celebrating the museum’s 10th anniversary. Children can ride the toy, in the shape of the museum but with a pig’s head, for one Euro.
Jesper Just, No Man is an Island, 2002, video
Hanna Haaslahti, White Square, interactive installation, 2002
Images from the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland.
We have been in Finland more than a week now, but we’ve been catching up on the blog with the art-filled portion of our travels in Germany. We spent several days in Helsinki before leaving for the island of Kökar (pronounced Chur-Car), where we are currently working at the Åland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence.
Helsinki is a lovely, cosmopolitan city that feels both ultra-modern and full of history. One of the design capitals of the world, Helsinki is a visual feast: architecture, fashion, bleeding-edge interior design, and conceptual, daring contemporary art.
Next post: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, whose motto is “I don’t quite get it…” and invites visitors to stick post-it notes all around the museum explaining what it is that they don’t quite get. What did I write in response? But it gets me.
We’re busy getting ready for our next project in Finland. This last several weeks we’ve been getting tools together and packing. We’ve got some pretty severe weight restrictions so it’s taking some time. At some point in our travels we’re gonna have to stick camera batteries in our pants pockets to make it.