16 Nov 2009

Besenhorster Sandberge fairies

Besenhorster Sandberge ruin area is in the outskirts of Hamburg.
In the days of second world war there was a nazi gunpowder factory with it's slave workers. 
The factory was bombed in the war and today the ruins are surrounded by forest.  
In this picturescue project  these forest ruins were photographed and renamed with
romantic names in the spirit of Schubert and other important german romantics.

The photographing project was a part of the exhibition and research project
 "Mapping a City, Hamburg Kartierung"  and it was shown atKunstverein in Hamburg 
 from november 2003 to february 2004. Photos: Jussi Kivi

House of Enigmas
Haus der Rätsel

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Tree of Knowing
Baum des Wissen

Hottentot House

The Pavillon

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Wanderer's Path
Plad der Wanderer

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13 Oct 2009

Dorgarn - the uninhabited areas of Finland part 2 a
RGS camping and mapping department/ Jussi Kivi 1991

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7 Oct 2009

Installation in Ars Fennica 2009 exhibition

Dead spruce - dead pine, installation view (detail)

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Forest edge - primeval forest in moonlight (detail)

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First snow - small forest pond in the boreal forest belt surrounded by old forest and gradually being taken over by swamp vegetation in the moonlight after a snowfall. (Diorama)
Installation by Jussi Kivi in the exhibition Ars Fennica 2009 in Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, Helsinki.

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5 Oct 2009

"Korsvikin kirkko" - Korsvik Church",  Ground plan of a half-cave under huge erratic boulders near Loviisa, Finland.  Explanations: 1= camp fire site, 2= path to the sea (100m)
Cave research department/ Jussi Kivi

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4 Oct 2009

Sewer Rat, Herttoniemi, Helsinki, 83 x 118 cm
photo: Jussi Kivi 2007

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1 Oct 2009

An Expedition to the Little Night River 1995

In August 1995 a group of finnish, russian and komi biologists and artists mounted a joint expedition to the Voi-Vozh river valley in Komi, North Western Urals. 

The Voi-Vozh river runs between the Pechora plains and the Urals Mountains. It's a low tributary of the River Bol'shaya Synya which runs to river Usa, which in turn is a tributary of the Pechora River. In the Komi language, the points of the compass and the times of day are indicated with parallel constructions. The small southern branch of the river is called Day-River: the northern branch  is the Night-River.

The area is closed in by thick impassable forest, and is therefore entirely uninhabited.  It constitutes the single largest area of untouched forest on the European side of the continent. This remote and lonely region is dominated by dark forests, bogs, mountains, wild animals and millions of blackflies. Here, the human species (homo sapiens) exerts minimal influence. 
The place therefore affords unique opportunities for obseving  and studying "The UNTOUCHED."  
     The artistic aim of the expedition was to study untouched, pristine nature as a mytchical concept. This entailed viewing expedition itself as a mythical rite converging on pristine nature. The scientific interests focused on botany, zoology, ornithology, ecology and hydrobiology. Homever, the environment seemed supremely indifferent to our aims!

The expedition was organised by Pori Art Museum, Frame - finnish fund for art exhange and Komi University/ Biological department ( Syktyvkar. The Artistic results of the project was presented as a part of the exhibition "Strangers in the Arctic" 
in Rundetaar, Gopenhagen, The Art Museum of Atheneum, Helsinki and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. (1996-97)

Map: Ural mountains and Pechora plains in the surroundings
of River Voi-Vozh and River Vangyr. 1995

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The horizon of Urals from north to south-east seen from the point: 65°57N/55°58E

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Geological formations remind an ancient fortress,
 or a nose of a petrified Nenets soldier.
Jussi Kivi 1995-96

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Melancholic evening at Voi-Vozh River
by the edge of Ural mountains and Pechora plains.

On the way to Pechora, river meanderings seen from the aeroplane.

Panorama Urals 270°,  from west to south
RGS exploration dept. / J. Kivi

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 Sorbus Aucuparia (Uralin Pihlaja), Pinus Sibirica

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28 Sep 2009

Salvation, Jussi Kivi,  2006

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The Uninhabited areas of Finland part 7: Hindsby Forest 1977-1989, 
The Map: Jussi Kivi 1991

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31 Jul 2009

The Coffee Map: Hietasaari - Pajusaari islands, camp site and rowing routes, Pajusaarenselkä, Lake Saimaa, Taipalsaari, Finland,  pencil, dark roasted coffee.  Jussi Kivi 1997

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29 Jul 2009

Meiko (Dorgarn), Kirkkonummi, Finland
" The German romantic artist Oliver Kochta is photographing waterfall in Meiko woods"
End of april 1999, (photo: J.K.) Backwoods & Wilderness archives Nr. 35

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T. Kontinen RGS member of honour, photographed in the wild light of sunset
Repokaira Wilderness, Inari, Lappland
Wilderness & Backwoods archive Nr.  107 (photo: JK)

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Meiko, Kirkkonummi, Finland
 The official first of may camp in Meiko woods 
Backwoods & Wilderness archive Nr. 57 (Photo: JK. 2000)

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Elimyssalo, old camp site in the vicinity of Saunaniemi, 1990
Wilderness & Backwoods dept. Nr. 2

Elimyssalo, camp site in the morning, near by Saunaniemi, Kuhmo, Finland 1990
Wilderness & Backwood dept. Nr. 3 (photos: J.Kivi) 

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Salamanperä, Koirajärvi ( The Dog Lake) 1977

Wilderness & Backwoods photo archive Nr. 6

28 Jul 2009

Report from the RGS & SEG conference 2008

Next morning walk trought the bushes

The Late night presentation session

  The Jamal Peninsula botanic presentation  

The Openinig ceremonies at rock table, the official RGS meeting place in Vartiosaari island, Finland.

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Explorations in a Completed World
First Joint World Conference and Summer Seminar of the Romantic
Geographic Society (R.G.S.) and the School of Esoteric Geography (S.E.G.)

Vartiosaari Island, Helsinki, Finland, august, 2008

The seminar was a perfect succes.  The program started at afternoon and continued until 2am. and then it was time for sauna. We heard several intensive an exciting presentations from passionate amateurs and professional researchers; artists, photographers , writers, explorers and intruders, geographist, botanists, archaeologists etc.

Program consisted following topics:
Presentations of the activities and philosophy of both Romantic Geography and Esoteric geography, Urban exploration in Finland and Baltic states, Botanic research in Jamal Peninsula, Fortress and bunker archaelogy,  Borderland business  in Africa, Photographic documentation of wastelands and chancing landscapes in between,  Expeditions in the Finnish Archipelago etc.  

(photos: Tellervo Kalleinen)

A short visual report of the conference by Stalkers  (LINK)

27 Jul 2009

Jussi Kivi

Sights of East-Helsinki part 1;  Mustavuori and Vuosaari wasteland (former dump).


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25 Jul 2009

Cave survey, Korppivuori cave, Pesolansaari, Finland 
pencil  J. Kivi, 1996-97

EXHIBITIONS 2005 -2008

Department for Studies of Unusual Light Phenomena (detail)
The Mystery of Professor Lemström - A Northern light Project by Oliver Kochta - Kalleinen

"Supernaturalism 2", Momentum - 4th Nordic Festival of  Contemporary Art, 
Moss, Norway 2006

Front: Samples from the RGS collection of romantic objects
Background: Materials from RGS underground departments 
( cave research dept & department of subterranean landscapes)

Samples from RGS backwoods & wilderness department photo archive

RGS Collection in the exhibition: 
 "Friction and Conflicts", Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden 2008
(Propaganda dept.  J.Kivi, O.Kohta-Kalleinen)

Installation view (detail)

Samples from the RGS collection of romantic objects

Wilderness & Backwoods photo archive (detail)

"Supernaturalism 2", Momentum - 4th Nordic Festival of  Contemporary Art, 
Moss, Norway 2006 (J.Kivi, O. Kochta-Kalleinen)

"Lemström museum", Department of strange light phenomenon, (northern light project by O.Kochta-Kalleinen)

Installation view (detail)

Supernaturalism I 
 Lönnström museum, Rauma, Finland 2005
RGS propaganda department: Jussi Kivi, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Tero Kontinen

24 Jul 2009

Crossing the great swamp, Repoaapa, Sompio, Finland  1981
RGS/ Backwoods & Wilderness archive nr.81 (J.Kivi)

Pihlajavesi, Saimaa lake district, Finland,  rowing routes and camp sites 
watercolour, ink, RGS mapping dept. / outdoor investigations department  
 (Jussi Kivi 2005)

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