Ralik Chain is a video essay that investigates a place neither Laitinen or Häggblom have visited or intend to visit anytime soon. As such, methodologies are employed to enact a discursive approach that enables multiple shifting outcomes that investigate one particular location that is both unnamed and physically unknown. The overarching conceptual concern of the work is uranium and its usages. As the location is uninhabitable, material is sourced from a distance and largely through surveilling methodologies. These strategies extend both Laitinen and Häggblom’s previous works and collaborations and include internet exploration/exploitation, physical archive re-representation/interpretation and random/contracted reconnaissance research intervention.
Dr. Kristian Häggblom is an artist, curator and academic whose interests include expanded documentary practices, experimental image capture methodologies, relationships between photography and text and manipulation of archival image depositories. He has delivered conference papers internationally on suicide landscapes, expanded documentary and new forms of tourism. His research and own practice is largely driven by journeying and in 2010 he was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for Arts Finland Studio. Häggblom completed his PhD at Monash University in 2014 and he is the founder and co-curator at Wallflower Photomedia Gallery. Häggblom has exhibited work in Australia, Japan, American, Finland, Malaysia and Switzerland.
Tuomas A. Laitinen is a Finnish visual artist who works with moving image, spatial interventions and soundscapes. Laitinen’s artworks expose connections and tensions between the singular and the collective, the personal and the public, the poetic and the political. For his recent solo exhibition at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art Laitinen expanded on his interest in how humans shape and relate to their environment. This was led by a two-year exploration that tracked the worldwide movements of copper from the deteriorating urban landscape of Detroit to the investment ghost cities of inner-Mongolia. Laitinen’s works have been exhibited at the Times Museum in Guangdong, China, Kunsthalle Helsinki Studio, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art and Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland.
Tuomas A. Laitinen Represented by: Helsinki Contemporary
Kristian is also participating as an artist in the xs collective.