Pink Twins

Ars Fennica candidate 2015

Pink Twins are a duo of media artists – the brothers Vesa and Juha Vehviläinen. Their starting point lies in the rhythms of machine-generated music, and in their interaction with the moving image. The computer-based image material in the works is a colourful, abstract cyclic flow. Its roots lie equally in animation and in the fragmentation of the images using the means of digital manipulation. The various distortions and slippages form kaleidoscopic, constantly shifting stimuli, which alternately glide inside each other and separate off. Pink Twins’ experimental moving image is organically mutable and painterly. Their multi-sensory, frequently multi-channel installations incorporate their own integral electronic soundworld. Out of all this there emerge capacious illusory spaces, which with their continuous hypnotic movement either draw viewers in or push them away. In contrast, Pink Twins’ art is powerfully performative: they appear in live situations as part of their installations, creating a complex sound with the aid of machines.

Leena Kuumola

Vesa Vehviläinen, born 1974, MFA, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki 2001
Juha Vehviläinen, born 1978

Pink Twins lives and works in Helsinki

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Sinne, Helsinki
2012
CentroCentro, Madrid
2011
Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki
2010
Suomesta Galleria, Berlin
2008
Forum Box, Helsinki
2007
Kunsthalle Helsinki Studio
00130 Gallery, Helsinki
2005
300 m3 Art Space, Gothenburg, Sweden
Galleria Rajatila, Tampere
2004
Galleria Huuto, Helsinki
2003
Pommersches Landesmuseum, Greifswald, Germany
Galleria Huuto, Helsinki
2002
Kluuvin galleria, Helsinki
2001
Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika, Tampere

Group Exhibitions

2014
The Last Artists’ Exhibition, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Matters of Time, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany
Out Of Our Heads, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Ars Lieke, Kouvola Art Museum
2013
Cumulus Olympia, Kunsthall Grenland, Porsgrunn, Norway catalogue & live performance
2012
Aaargh! 10 Years Later, Galleria Huuto, Jätkäsaari, Helsinki
Thank You for the Music, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki catalogue & live performance
2011
Kesä – Sommar – Summer, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
2010
Galerie Forsblom, Billnäs
Art Paris + Guests, Finnish Platform, Grand Palais, Paris
100th Anniversary Exhibition of the Association of Finnish Sculptors, Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku
2009
Transverse, The Block/Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia live performance
2008-12
Arctic Hysteria – New Art from Finland catalogue & live performances
P.S.1 MoMA, New York, USA
Kunsthalle Helsinki 2009
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest 2009
Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain 2010
Rosphoto, St Petersburg, Russia 2012
2008
113rd Artists’ Exhibition, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa
Mongolia – Perception and Utopia catalogue
Kerava Art Museumv
Pärnu Art Museum, Estonia
Rovaniemi Art Museum
2006-10
Repeat All catalogue & live performances
Ateliers Mécaniques de la Ville de Vevey, Switzerland 2006
El Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile 2007
Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas 2010
Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brasilia 2009
2006
Fokus Finland, Kultur Büro Barcelona, Spain live performance
Art Gallery of Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar
2005
Landscape as Perception and Utopia, Art Gallery of Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar
live performance
Vision Express International, Shanghai Youth Biennial, Ming Yan Cultural Center, China catalogue
ArtStars, Cultural Center Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxemburg catalogue & live performance
2004-05
Get Real catalogue
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Museet For Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark 2005
Citymind, Galleria Platform, Vaasa
2003
You Can Find It Anywhere, Villa Borghese, Rome
Melting Pop, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy catalogue
Rohto, Maneesi, St Petersburg, Russia
Kunst i Nordland, Hemnesberget, Norway
NonTVTVstation, Stockholm, with real time stream in various Nordic art museums
Greetings, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki
2002
Backlight, Triennial of Photography, Tampere catalogue
Biennale Syd 2002, Sørlandets kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Helsinki-Berlin 6733,3 km, Berlin Universität der Künste
Rohto, Helsingi Art Museum

Represented

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Helsinki Art Museum

Awards

Finland Festivals, Young Artist of the Year 2003

Memberships

MUU ry
Association of Finnish Sculptors
AV-arkki

Live performances

2014
Inari Festival of Experimental Music, Ivalo Church
Kutomo, Turku
Offrandes au Soleil, Caserne Fonck, Liège, Belgium
The Crypt Bar, London
Passion of Joan of Arc, Tampere Film Festival
2013
Brugata, Oslo
Nordic Music Days, Pink Twins & Defunensemble, Galleria Korjaamo, Helsinki
Wasteland festival, Kouvola
Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris
2012
Cyberfest, St Petersburg, Russia
CentroCentro, Madrid
Villa Lande, Kemiö
Inari Festival of Experimental Music, Ivalo Church
Störung Festival, Farinera del Clot, Barcelona, Spain
2011
Cartes Flux, Kino Tapiola, Espoo
Inari Festival of Experimental Music, Aslak Movie Theater, Ivalo
Nordic Glory Festival, Ilokivi, Jyväskylä
2010
Artisphere, Washington DC
Neue Bewirtschaftung Festival, Berlin
Suomesta galleria, Berlin
Helsinki Festival, Huvila-teltta
2009
Issue Project Room, New York, USA
The Fridge, Washington DC
Galleri Sinne, Helsinki
Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki
Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway
Espacio Enter, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Spain
Videotage, Hong Kong
Horse Bazaar, Melbourne, Australia
Videoex Festival, Zürich, Switzerland
Jauna Muzika Festival, Vilnius
Pixelache, Kiasma Theater, Helsinki
2008
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Théâtre Paris-Villette, Paris
Experimentaclub’08, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Teatro Real, Córdoba, Spain
Mumart, La Plata, Argentina
Alliance Française, Buenos Aires
Digital Media Festival, La Nau, Valencia
2007
National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
Plan B, Warzaw
Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Rencontres Internationales, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
Ballhaus Naynynstrasse, Berlin
Musica Nova, Koko-teatteri, Helsinki
2006
Stedelijk Museum Voor Aktuele Kunst SMAK, Gent, Belgium
Concervatory of Amsterdam
2005
2 Kolegas, Beijing
11-Art.com, Beijing Cubic Art Center, Beijing
Shenghua Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Il Circolo, Mariano Comense, Italy
La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro la Fenice, Venice, Italy
GAS Festival, Nefertiti, Gothenburg, Sweden
300m3 Art Space, Gothenburg, Sweden
Art Gallery of Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar
Ming Yan Cultural Center, Shanghai, China
Refract Festival, O3one Gallery, Belgrad
Roskilde University Center, Denmark
Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxemburg
2004
Elektrodienos, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Forum Box, Helsinki
Ateneum Hall, Helsinki

Theatre and Dance Productions, Collaborations

2014
Passion of Joan of Arc, live music accompaniment to the film by C.Th. Dreyer, Tampere Film Festival
2011
Before Forever, commissioned composition, Defunensemble, Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki
2007
World’s Greatest – “The Virtual” and “Cyborgs” in an Advanced Capitalism, video projections, live music, Circus Maximus / Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki
2003
A Dream Of Red Chambers, Aurorankenttä, Helsinki, video projections, live music; outdoor dance & multimedia performance
Stalker, video projections, Circus Maximus / Helsinki City Theatre
2000
They Will Die Away, music, sound design, TTT Theatre, Tampere

Selected Festival Screenings

2013
DMTV3, Cinefamily, Los Angeles, USA
Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia
Clare Valley Film Festival, Australia
2012
International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Athens Video Art Festival – International Festival of Digital Arts & New Media, Athens
Flussi Media Arts Festival, Avellino, Italy
Flow Festival – Future Shorts, Helsinki
Tampere International Film Festival
2011
Punto y Raya Festival, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
Rythmetic Experimental Animation Festival, Bègles, Bordeaux, France
2010
LIAF – London International Animation Festival
In the Loop – EU Video Art Festival, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2009
Videomedeja Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
Transmediale, Berlin
Subvision, Hampuri, Germany
2008
Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Switzerland
Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan
2007
Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK
International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Tampere International Film Festival
2006
Futura, International Festival of Acousmatic Art, Drôme, France
Yach Film Festival, Gdansk, Poland
Tampere International Film Festival
Video/Economy – Distributions in Global Format, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005
9th Microwave International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong
Independent Film Festival of Boston, USA
Loop: The Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Interferenze – New Art Festival, Avellino, Italy
2004
PEAM – Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting, Pescara, Italy
VideoFormes Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2003
Electric Visions, St Petersburg, Russia
Batofar, Paris
Putki-festivaali, Fiskars
2002
Hospital Festival, Brighton, UK
Sonar festival, Barcelona, Spain
Dissonanze Festival, Rome

Pink Twins Audio/Video Releases

2012
Inwards to Infinity, 10” EP, Pink Twins Media
2010
Four Million Suns, LP, Pink Twins Media
2009
Sketches of Pain, DVD, Pink Twins Media
2007
Empirical Research on Western Popular Music / Reconstructions of Western Popular Music, Cucumber Farmer/Pink Twins, 2xCD, American Brothers
2006
Pink Twins Catalogue, 2xDVD+kirja, Pink Twins Media
Intercontinental Catapult (Live at Teatro la Fenice, Venice), CD, Pink Twins Media
2005
Paint It Pink, CD, Pink Twins Media
2003
Lizard Kling, CD, Pink Twins Media
Monolith, CD, Pink Twins Media
2002
Let It Beep, CD, Pink Twins Media