water colour on paper, sound
à 23 x 31,5 cm, 46 paintings and soundtracks

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma collections

📷 by Pirje Mykkänen, Kansallisgalleria / Finnish National Gallery

January 16, 2011

The sea hurls extra materials against the inner walls of the studio, then draws away, closing the door behind it. Everything is scrambled. Unrecognizable modules and parts of dismountable objects are lying around, scattered across the floor and the tables. Orderliness is utopia, yet it seems like the only alternative amid the chaos. Everything must be named and catalogued. An INVENTORY needs to be made.

The cycle of the material that has drifted into the studio:

1. Finding the items
The most usual places: garages, “help yourself” baskets, Internet auction sites, rubbish skips, streets, basements, recycling centres, flea markets, fields, beaches, garbage sheds, attics, warehouses

2. Storage of the items
The most common methods of storage (September 2010 – January 2011):
cardboard boxes 44 %, plastic bags and baggies 19 %, plastic and tin buckets 17 %, plastic baskets 6 %, paper and cloth bags 6 %

3. Cataloguing the items in storage
The catalogue was written in font-size 11. It includes 9 pages and 3,496 words.

4. A closer analysis of the items
The analysis results in 46 accurate paintings and verbally articulated catalogues of all the containers in the studio, including their contents.

5. Handing over the items
The items will be returned in as good shape as possible to conditions that resemble the environment in which they were originally found.