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International artists from Rabbit Island Art Residency coming to Finlandia

September 18, 2017
Artists Martin Schick and Mirko Winkel on Rabbit Island

Artists Martin Schick and Mirko Winkel on Rabbit Island. The two will be hosting an artist talk and workshop at Finlandia University’s campus on Friday, September 22.

Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design is welcoming international artists Martin Schick and Mirko Winkel to campus for an work presentation on Friday, September 22 at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, it will take place in the Jutila Center’s Community Hall, room 323. It is expected to last about 45 minutes. The two international artists are currently completing the Rabbit Island Art Residency program.

About Mirko Winkel

Mirko Winkel was born in East Germany, and based in Berlin. He studied visual arts and performance art with Marina Abramovic and Christoph Schlingensief. His works are research based, context specific and take various forms. They include the development of new formats of assembly for larger groups of people, i.e. a 10-days lasting experiment with 60 children, about how to organize each other differently. His last collaborative work dealt with the topic of death and the question of how art could practically affect and inspire our traditions and mourning rituals. In their collaboration, they extend and radicalize the performative, aiming to get rid of a representational position and make an impact on contemporary society.

About Martin Schick

Martin Schick is an independent performance artist from Fribourg (CH), living in Berlin and a Swiss mountain cottage. After a career as a dancer, he studied performance at the Highschool of Arts in Berne. His works gained international attention and were shown at numerous art venues around the world including the European Art Biennal MANIFESTA 11, Live Art Capetown, Art Basel Hongkong, PSA Shanghai or the Fringe Festival Beijing. 2017 he realizes several complex exhibition projects and his focus moves versus performative curating, teaching and writing practice.

Learn more about Schick at martinschick.com.

About Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island is a 91-acre forested island in Lake Superior three miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The island is composed of a native ecosystem standing upon solid bedrock and has never before been developed or subdivided. Bald eagles and great blue herons nest in the trees and the surrounding waters provide habitat for thriving lake trout and salmon populations. The majority of the island is held under a conservation easement granted by the Keweenaw Land Trust assuring it’s unique ecosystem will remain healthy in perpetuity. Rabbit Island will serve as a platform for science, art, preservation and recreation for the generations.

Learn more about Rabbit Island at rabbitisland.org.

This opportunity is supported by ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

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