IHME Helsinki: To Burn, Forest, Fire
Date and time1 – 30.9.2021
The Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s IHME Helsinki Commission 2021, To Burn, Forest, Fire, consists of the scents of the first forest on Earth 385 millions years ago and of the last forest of the age of climate crisis. These scents will be turned into incense and burned in various parts of Helsinki in September 2021.
Katie Paterson (born 1981, Scotland) is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation. Collaborating with scientists and researchers across the world, Paterson’s projects consider the place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. Katie Paterson Studio conducts long-term background work with researchers. The ideas for art works spring from the artist’s imagination, but the ability to transform those ideas into finished art works is underpinned by scientific research.
Helsinki, various venues, e.g. the Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral, King´s Island, the National Museum and Cultural Centre Stoa.
The exact venues and times from IHME Helsinki's website.
Free entry, duration approx. 1 h
Special invited guests for this project will be deaf, blind and deaf-blind people. IHME is arranging visits in collaboration with the Finnish Association of the Deaf, Helsinki and Uusimaa Visually Impaired Association and the Finnish Deafblind Association.
The art work is part of Helsinki Biennial Inspired series.
Image: IHME Helsinki (c) Katie Paterson