HANNA HAASLAHTI

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Hanna Haaslahti at the steps of the Ionic Temple, Chiswick House & Garden, London

Hanna Haaslahti is a media artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Her installations combine people, projection and space. She is interested in hidden structures which links people to communities. The balance between individual freedom and communal rules takes shape as interactive installations. She explores computer vision, generative graphics and 3D-sensing creating custom technology for interactive spaces, working often outside the gallery space.  www.hannahaaslahti.net

Hanna’s current work for the SculptureShock award exhibition is on at Ionic Temple at Chiswick House & Gardens, London. It runs from Thursday 3rd December – 6th December, 10.00am – 3.00pm

See www.sculptureshock.rbs.org.uk

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EARLIEST MEMORY OF A GARDEN 

Me and my mum growing flowers at the garden of our summer house. It´s an old wooden villa by the Baltic Sea in the west coast of Finland. It took a lot of patience in the spring to wait until the ground was warm enough and defrosted at least from 10 cm deep, before you could sow the seeds. And then it was another painstaking interval before they germinated! We would grow globeflowers, marigolds, honeysuckle (which sometimes survived the winter) etc. When nature defeated me and my mother in the garden, I would explore and play in the surrounding forest, which was an endless source of magic and enchantment.

FAVOURITE PLANTS

blueberry

birch

fern

forget-me-not

sea-buckthorn

WHAT AND WHERE IS YOUR GARDEN NOW

I have been working for past three months in Chiswick House & Garden, southwest London, on an artist residency organised by Royal British Society of Sculptors. My pop-up installation will open the doors to the Ionic Temple, which is one of the original garden follies on the grounds. So for couple of months I have fooled myself that I have a luxury garden! The Chiswick complex was constructed in the beginning of 18th century in the style of landscape garden by Lord Burlington and William Kent. It´s a fabulous opportunity to be able to work on a such a historical place and also controversial what comes to my own garden philosophy. The movement idealized natural and wild as a visual style, but not as a real and living ecosystem. Every aspect of the garden was strictly controlled to provide vistas entertaining the eye. It´s an eternal battlefield.

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Somewhere out there in the north

FAVOURITE GARDEN OR OUTDOOR SPACE, WHY?

Forest, the wilder the better. North Finland has some great places, but you can find quite convincing wilderness within 50 km from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Each season is amazing in the nordic forests, there´s plenty of foraging during warm seasons and during the winter you can admire darkness, stars, the exotic coldness of blue light reflecting from the snow and ice.

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Winter morning at my friends house in Helsinki

 

MONEY IS NO OBJECT, DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM GARDEN

My dream garden project would be a community project where each citizen would find in their neighbourhood a vacant looking piece of land and plan together what could be grown there. Permaculture would be the guiding philosophy. The government would support this by giving each citizen 200 pounds (each year!!) to take care of these green spots. The permagardens would gain more ground and eventually change the cities so that animals, plants, machines and humans would coexist in a blissful harmony.

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