I AM A MUSEUM “Minä olen museo”



I AM A MUSEUM project explores the body as a private and public museum.

Starting point for the project is the definition of a museum by the International Council of Museums which states that a museum is

a non-profit,

permanent institution in the service of society and its development,

open to the public,

which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.

In the I AM A MUSEUM- project Hoisko and Salmivaara examine different ways how this definition is applicable to human body.

The second part of the project THE FIELD treats the body as an archeological site. The work digs into individual bodies using research methods borrowed from archeology and takes samples of identifiable body memories and kinesthetic patterns.

THE FIELD applies the concept of the body as a museum in a actual museum-like context.

The exhibition is an artistic “parkour” that both reveals and documents the archetypical movement patterns of contemporary human body. The work approaches the body archives in two distinct ways :

1. by applying everyday objects (shirt, rope, blanket, towel, etc.)

2. by using language or other external stimulation (rhythms,sound etc.)

In the I AM A MUSEUM/THE FIELD the emphasis is divided equally between the aesthetic and physical experience for the audience. The exhibition shares the collected samples with the audience both visually as well as everybody is invited to apply their own body in the work. Part of the work is the printed exhibition catalogue that will allow the audience to bring the exhibition/the art works at home.