Erkka Nissinen, The social construction of reality (2005, video, 16 min.)
Erkka Nissinen - Absolute Moron
A retrospect at the start of one's career - admittedly that sounds a little paradoxical. But not quite so in the absurdist universe of Erkka Nissinen: in a place where Arnold Schönberg looks like a mix between Yoda and Leatherface, Karlheinz Stockhausen is a foulmouthed ordinary yoghurt-thief, where a prostitute, a cook and a panda bear are abducted by an institution which confronts them with their ethical and moral positions within society, and where one is treated on a lecture about the social construction of reality given by a man himself not part of either reality or of any social construction, in that place a retrospect may as well take on the meaning of a preview.
Among the works on display are:
Vantaa (2007, video, 11 min.)
Night school (2006, video, 12 min.)
The social construction of reality (2005, video, 16 min.)
Erkka Nissinen (Finland, 1975) lives and works between Helsinki, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. He just finished his period as a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Some of his most recent shows include Kluuvi Gallery in Helsinki, 1a Space in Hong Kong and Lombard/Freid projects in New York.
During the weekend of the opening Nissinen will present his latest work - still in production at the moment - during RijksakademieOPEN, the open studio program of the Rijksakademie:
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, from 11:00 to 19:00, Rijksakademie, Sarphatistraat 470, Amsterdam, www.rijksakademie.nl
Opening Saturday 29 November 17-19 h.
Exhibition 29 November - 10 January 2009
Gallery hours: Tu-Fri. 11 - 18 h.
Sat. 13 - 18 h.
1st Sunday of the month 14 - 17 h.
The gallery is closed from Sunday December 21st until Tuesday January 6th.