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Artist in Residence Talk: Maija Annikki Savolainen

Wednesday 30 October 2019


“Thinking photography under the horizon of extinction will allow me to draw two temporal lines in the history of this particular medium: one extended towards the past, the other – toward the future. If we consider the history of photography as part of the broader natural-cultural history of our planet, as I propose to do here, we will be able to trace parallels between photographs and fossils, and read photography as a light-induced process of fossilization occurring across different media. Seen from this perspective, photography will be presented as containing an actual material record of life rather than just its memory trace.” (p. 104) — Joanna Zylinska, Nonhuman Photography (2017), MIT Press

Maija has been artist in resident at Timespan for our pilot North AiR: Expanding Entanglements collaborative residency programme. Timespan is the last spot on the Scottish contingent after residencies at Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Taigh Chearsabhagh on North Uist.

Maija has been exploring the proximities and entanglements between her photography practice, vision/perception, technofossils/ technology detritus, stone circles and light. Bringing together material explorations in latex, clay, plaster, crushed mobile devices and gathered stones from walks in the area, she became interested in the tensions between crushed screens, the minerals contained within technological devices, stones, silicone, glass and amorphous shapes of sand and slag.

Drawing from the book, Vision (2010), by David Marr, Maija explored the images and patterns that inform our perception of the world and found parallels in ideas relating to the origins of stone circles. Considering these spaces as ‘receptive fields’ and a frame for viewing the night sky.