Fall 2009 Residency: Silja Lehtonen

During the months of September and October 2009, Artexte is hosting the research residency of Finnish curator Silja Lehtonen. The first in a series of cultural exchanges between Finland and Quebec, this collaboration provides an opportunity for innovative research as it raises greater awareness of our respective artistic communities.

As part of her residency, Lehtonen is examining contemporary art practices from Canada and Quebec in relation to both Finnish and international contexts. She is also devoting part of her time to investigate Artexte’s extensive holdings on sound-based art – arguing that Canada has developed a solid reputation in this area of artistic production. Lehtonen expects her findings will inform her continued research into the nascent sound art movement in her home country.

Silja’s Top 10 Picks on Sound-Based Art

Le son dans l’art contemporain Canadien / Sound in Contemporary Canadian Art. Nicole Gringas (dir, publ.), Montréal, Éditions Artextes, 2003.

Noise, Water, Meat : A History of Sound in the Arts, Douglas Kahn, Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England, The MIT Press, 1999.

Frequenzen [Hz] : Audiovisuelle Räume / Frequencies [Hz] : Audio-visual Spaces, Max Hollein, Jesper N. Jørgensen (dir. publ), Ostfilden-Ruit, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2002.

Sound and the Visual Arts : Intersections between Music and Plastic Arts today, Jean-Yves Bosseur (dir. publ.), Paris, Dis Voir, 1993.

Sound Art : Beyond Music, Between Categories. Alan Licht, New York, Rizzoli International Publications 2007.

Radio rethink : Art, sound and transmission. Augaitis, Dana and Lander, Dan (dirs. publ.), Banff, Alberta, Walter Phillips Gallery, 1994.

Selected Survey of Radio Art in Canada 1967-1992. Dan  Lander (dir. publ.), Banff, Alberta, Walter Phillips Gallery, 1994.

Jocelyn Robert : L’inclinaison du regard / The Inclinadion of the Gaze. Louise Déry, Montréal, Galerie de l’UQAM, 2005.

Christof Migone: trou, Nicole Gringas, Montréal, Galerie de l’UQAM, 2006.

Songs of Place, Steve Heimbecker, Montreal, Oboro & Qube Assemblage, 2005.

Janet Cardiff. A Survey of Works Including Collaborations with George Bures Miller, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 2001.

Jean-Pierre Gauthier. Pierre Landry, Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2007.

Silja Lehtonen is the Curator of Contemporary Art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, Finland, and has been responsible for numerous exhibitions of both Finnish and international artists. An active member of the Finnish arts community, Lehtonen has also been organizing the Turku Biennial since 2003.

Artexte would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Frame Finnish Fund for Art Exchange for their generous support in making this curatorial residency possible.