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Spiders to Weave a Web of Art at Helsinki Festival

August 16, 2012

HELSINKI, Finland, August 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Helsinki Festival [http://www.helsinkifestival.fi ], the largest arts festival in
Finland has this year enlisted the help of the nation’s spiders. The 2012 Festival is
bringing Tomas Saraceno, one of the hottest names on the current international art
[http://www.helsinkifestival.fi ] scene, to the Finnish capital
[http://www.helsinkifestival.fi ].

Saraceno’s enormous 3D works are based on a variety of spider webs. The exhibition
takes its starting point from the idea that the light yet strong threads and tough knots
that form a web can be used to explain the structure of the universe itself.

For Helsinki Festival, Saraceno has created a brand new work, involving live spiders
and their webs. This one-of-a-kind exhibition brings together spider webs from around the
world, computer models of actual webs and a range of documentary materials. Finnish
spiders will also be making a contribution to the installation. Finnish spider specialists
are also taking part.

In addition to his brand new installation, the exhibition includes Saraceno’s gigantic
take on a black widow’s web, made of rope and comprising a total of 23,000 knots. Visitors
can enter the installation, titled 14 Billions, spanning an entire room, and experience
[http://www.helsinkifestival.fi ] the world from the spider’s perspective. The
installation [http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/en/tapahtuma/tomas-saraceno ] has been
only previously seen at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and the
Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm in 2010.

The exhibition [http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/en/tapahtuma/tomas-saraceno ] is a
unique journey into the world of spiders and the origin of our universe. Art meets science
and nature meets utopia in this inspiring and unforgettable installation.

For the exhibition, Helsinki Festival has joined forces with Kunsthalle Helsinki and
the Toma s Saraceno Studio. It is also part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012
programme.

Finland’s largest festival of its kind, the Helsinki Festival
[http://www.helsinkifestival.fi ] will again see hundreds of events and performances unfold
across the capital city in late summer. The genres showcased at the festival comprise
classical music, dance, theatre and circus as well as contemporary art. The Huvila
Festival Tent [http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/en/event-search/#place=2029 ] serves as
the venue for 17 exciting concerts spanning pop, jazz and world music.

This year’s Helsinki Festival takes place 17 August to 2 September in venues across
the city. To view the full programme, visit http://www.helsinkifestival.fi

Tomas Saraceno at Kunsthalle Helsinki 18 August to 3 October 2012

For further information, please contact: Sini Koskimies, Senior Press Officer, tel:
+358-50-358-2440, koskimies@helsinkifestival.fi

SOURCE Helsinki Festival


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