Restituo in MUU Gallery, Helsinki 29.2. – 18.6.2020.

NOTICE: Exhibition reopened! Open for public until Thursday 18th of June. Media artist Jukka Hautamäki is dealing with thematics related to the future of visual arts: what kind of art there will be in year 2050? Who is making it, to whom and how it will be presented?

Restituo (latin.) means restoring, reinstating, reinvesting, re-edifying. The synthesis of images, based on neural networks and artificial intelligence, is a seamless evolutionary process. Hautamäki uses for example selfies and synthetic faces of people who do not exist, as training images for the AI.

About invisible information in an image. AI needs to be fuelled by various media archives; video clips, photographs, text, sound. Data is mined as raw material for AI’s requirements. Our present times of (big) data has been described as new neolithical era (Steyerl, McLuhan).

A digital, reproducible and inexhaustible virtual artist is probably a wet dream for neoliberal political idealists. A visual artist is, after all, a sort of product, shaped by it’s enviroment, a facilitator of the arts? Visual arts is thus gradually becoming like entertainment industry. How it is possible to use AI as a tool, media for critical studies of these described phenomena?

Jukka Hautamäki is a Helsinki-based media artist who works with AI, sound, light and moving image.He studies, through time-spatial installations, relations between human, technology, society and evolution. He is interested in media technology’s potentiality in contemporary arts and it’s relation to visual arts traditions.

Hautamäki’s latest private exhibitions have been presented at the Gallery Forum Box in 2018, Gallery Sculptor in 2016 and Gallery Titanik in 2015. He has also been active as curator and teacher, and he has made live-electronics performances as his sound art practice. Currently he is working with the support of a 2-year grant from the Kone Foundation, focusing on artistic research in AI and visual arts.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

UPDATE: Exhibition is reopening 2nd of June, artworks are available also online: