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Press conference on Thurs 25 August 10 am (EEST): In Search of the Present group exhibition

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In Search of the Present, a broad international exhibition of contemporary art, will open EMMA’s exhibition programme for autumn. The exhibition features works by 16 international artists, who explore the relationships between nature, technology, human thought and artificial intelligence. Welcome to the press conference.

In Search of the Present exhibition will be introduced to the media on Thursday, 25 August, at 10 am (EEST). The media event will be hosted simultaneously online and in-person at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

At the event, EMMA’s Chief Curator Arja Miller will present the exhibition and interview the artists present Sougwen Chung, Stephanie Dinkins, Agnieszka Kurant, Teemu Lehmusruusu, Brandon Lipchik, Jaakko Pietiläinen, Anna Ridler, Raimo Saarinen and Jakob Kudsk Steensen. The language of the event will be English. 

Curated by EMMA’s Chief Curator Arja Miller and Curator Ingrid Orman, the exhibition offers a varied selection of artworks from the artists Refik Anadol, Dora Budor, Sougwen Chung, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stephanie Dinkins, Teemu Lehmusruusu, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Agnieszka Kurant, Brandon Lipchik, Jaakko Pietiläinen, Sondra Perry, Anna Ridler, Raimo Saarinen, Jenna Sutela, Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Lu Yang. 

Sougwen Chung: Assembly Lines live performance Fri 26 August from 3.45 pm to 4.30 pm
We offer media representatives a possibility to register to a performance by the artist and researcher Sougwen Chung in which she works with robots to create the paintings that will be shown in the exhibition. Register in advance to EMMA's Marketing and Communications Designer. Only a limited number of people will be able to attend the performance. The resulting paintings will be on display as artefacts of the performance within the exhibition, as a part of Sougwen Chung’s Assembly Lines installation including an accompanying short film Assembly Lines: Expanse [extending].

Interviews can be conducted both online and in-person at EMMA. Please address further inquiries, requests for interviews and registrations by Tuesday 23 August to EMMA’s Marketing and Communications Designer Iris Suomi: iris.suomi@emmamuseum.fi tel. +358 44 7601930. 

You can follow the streaming of the event on Zoom via this link. Members of the media will have the opportunity to present questions via live stream chat.  

After the press event, the media representatives attending the live event will have an opportunity to explore the exhibition and experience the virtual reality work Love Simulation EVE: Water Spirits by Eero Tiainen and the EVE work group in the exhibition. 

In Search of the Present 27.8.2022–15.1.2023 
In Search of the Present is a broad international exhibition of contemporary art that takes a profound look at our world, which is defined by technology and its impact on who we are. The exhibition showcases contemporary art by 16 visionary artists of our time. One of the issues explored by the featured artists is whether technology can help us not only achieve a greater understanding of ourselves but also forge a new non-exploitative relationship with nature. 

The programme of In Search of the Present has been planned in cooperation with Aalto University, Espoo City Theatre and Helsinki Festival. The exhibition is the second part of EMMA’s series In Search of the Present, which began in 2016. The exhibitions in the series explore the nature of the present and anticipate future developments through an intuitive artistic process.

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