It was the time of the year again when a group of students pack themselves with school gear from AV-kioski into a big bus from Matkahuolto and travel all the way (3 hours!) to Nauvo, located in the Turku Archipelago, where all the gear is unloaded and then packed again - this time onto a ferry - eventually reaching the beautiful Seili island.
The Seili island is mostly known for it's sad past as the hospital island for the lepracy patients and later on as a mental institute, dating back to the 1600s. Nowadays the old mental hospital facilities are operated by Turku University, hosting the Archipelago Research Institute.
But lucky us, since we get to stay there for a whole week during the end of August! My first trip to Seili was a year ago in 2015, when the trip was open to everyone in Degree Programme in Media and Arts for the first time (as it previously had been only to the fine art students). I fell in love with the island, so I went again. I agreed to do a behind-the-scenes-type of a video in exchange, which you can watch below:
During my last week in the amazing city of Berlin and within all the art and cultural happenings, I was pleased to meet with our head of Fine Art study path, Fanni Niemi-Junkola; presenting her new video work. The installation The Body and Protection consists of two video works Breath and Protection (2016). The artist is interested in presence, body and power & notions of freedom and safety.
|Fanni & I at the Showroom Berliini|