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Jonne Pitkänen (b.1972) is a Finnish artist based in Kouvola, Finland working with sculpture, Vj-performance, painting,installations, jewelry art, circuit bending and new media art. He is experimental and resourceful in his art using his expression in these different art forms. In his works he carries out intuitively and playfully a critical view of oneself, as well as about values and paradoxes of popular culture and “instant effect society”. The key themes in the works of Pitkänen are the use of recycled materials and new entities created from of everyday objects and devices.

Pitkänen has graduated from art school Maa 2007 and has continued his studies in C: Art: Media MA program (Valand School of Fine Arts) in Gothenburg, Sweden. The main focus of the program is to study and implement computer software and interactive interface opportunities in contemporary art.

Currently Pitkänen works as a freelance artist in Kouvola, where he is also a founding member and a curator in yearly Wasteland festival and Ars Lieke, electronic art exhibition in Kouvola Art Museum. Main artistic work has been as a Vj with bands such as Death Hawks, Circle and PH, Esa Kotilainen and the development of analog live visuals devices. He is also a founding member of RASi 637 art and music residence space in Tirva, Kouvola.

STUDIES

2009 C:Art:Media master program, Gothenburg, Sweden
2003-2007 Art school Maa
1998-2000 Art foundry Valu-Sampo
1996-1997 Art center ILJA-WEST

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Hydor, National light festival of TAIKE, Kouvola
2014 Current Flux II media installation, Galleria 3H+K, Pori
2013 Current Flux I media installation, Kouta gallery, 
Kouvola Art Museum                 
2010 Plastic/Trash/Urethane installation, Kouta gallery, 
Kouvola Art Museum                     
2009 Gallery Busch, Berlin, Germany
2007 Gallery Maa-tila, Helsinki
2004 Kontupiste, Helsinki
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Huhdasjärven ympäristötaidenäyttely, Jaala
2018 RASi 637, Kouta Gallery, Kouvola Art Museum
2016 Jättömää art and music festival, Kouvola
2015 Landscape-Metropolis, Gallery G11, Berlin, Germany
2015 Reunion, Poriginal gallery, Pori
2014 Reunion, Porvoo Art Hall
2014 Rakkaudesta, gallery Oyoy, Lahti
2013 LARU, Natural intelligence, environmental exhibition, Helsinki                           
2013 Jättömää art and music festival, Kouvola                                                                             
2013 KronFest,"Bunny at the beach" Eco art festival, 
St. Petersburg/Kronstad, Russia
2013 Ars Sippola, environmental exhibition
2012 Express, Fluid gallery, Helsinki
2012 Pauses in Temporal Current, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
2011 Intersection, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany
2011 Jättömää art and music festival, Kouvola
2010 (Random Doctors), Baltic Biennale, Small Manezh gallery, 
St. Petersburg, Russia
2010 Ars Sippola environmental exhibition
2010 Jättömää art and music festival, Kouvola
2010 Min Kouvola-ITE,aktiivinen, interaktiivinen, Kouvola Art Museum
2009 Rotor II galleria, Gothenburg, Sweden
2008 (SWAP/VAIHTO), Bureau galleria, Salford, England, 
Cable Factory, Puristamo, Helsinki
2008 Kluuvi gallery, Helsinki City Art Museum
2007 Kato kato kiiltomato, gallery Maa-tila, Helsinki
2007 Linnunlaulupuu ja muita teoksia, Rovaniemi Art Museum
2006 Faces festival, Billnäs
2005 Mustan Maijan kuuma munkki, Vuotalo, Helsinki
2004 Soukanpohja, environmental exhibition, Espoo
2003 ”Encontros”, Galerie Nunes art and design, Helsinki
2003 KORU1 biennale, South Carelia Museum, Lappeenranta

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2014 Sahastra, Jättömää art and music festival, Kouvola
2014 RoTLC Ars Lieke Club, Rytmikatti, Kouvola
2013 RoTLC Media Facades, Helsinki Festival
2013 RoTLC KronFest, Eco art festival, St. Petersburgi/Kronstad, 
Russia
2012 RoTLC Pori Festival, gallery 3H + K, Pori
2012 RoTLC, Kesähäät, Jättömää art and music festival, Kouvola
2012 RoTLC, Pauses in Temporal Current, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, 
Germany
2012 RoTLC, Things, The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece
2011 RoTLC, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany
2010 Lihatehdas, Jättömää art and music festival, Kouvola
2006 KUU-MAA group Space of the global, performance festival, 
Cable Factory, Helsinki
2005 KUU-MAA group, La-Bas performance festival, Cable Factory, 
Helsinki
2004 La-Bas -performance festival, gallery Jangva, Helsinki


SELECTED Vj artist PERFORMANCES
2018 Esa Kotilainen, G LiveLab, Helsinki, Death Hawks, Suomen kiertue, 
Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble, April Jazz, Espoo, 
Esa Kotilainen, Sideways Festival, Helsinki

2017 Death Hawks, Hexvessel, Kairon Irse (Finnish tour), 
Tallinn Music Week (World Clinic Stage), Swart Night Seremonia, PH, 
Bar Loose, Helsinki, Joutomaa Fest, Kotka, Death Hawks (European tour)

2016 Flow Festival (Other Sound Stage Vj/visuals artist) 
Death Hawks (European and Finnish tours), RASi Mela, Kouvola

2015 Death Hawks (German, Finnish tours), Flow festival (Hisko Detria,
Lasten Hautausmaa, Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic Vhs?) 
Jättömaa Festival, Circle (Finnish tour) Roadburn Festival, Tillburg,
Netherlands 

2014 Sahastra, Barcelona, Spain, Flow Festival 
(Other Sound Stage Vj/visuals artist) Death Hawks (European tour) 
Fight the Night 2 Festival (Psychedelic Warlords, UK)

2013 Flow Festival (Other Sound Stage Vj/visuals artist) 
6. Aisti Festival, Helsinki (Mika Vainio, Mr Peter Hayden, Hexvessel,
Death Trip) Ääni Festival, Kuopio 

2012 Flow Festival, (Other Sound Stage Vj/visuals artist) 
Jättomaa Festival (Circle, Keuhkot), The Souls (Finnish and Baltian 
tours)

2011 Flow Festival, Suvilahti, (Other Sound Stage Vj)
Esa Kotilainen/Soiva Tehdas, Yle TV Teema/Suojele Minua, 
Tourist Trap, Horst Krzbrg, Berlin Germany
2010 Flow Festival, Helsinki 
(Circle, Uusi Fantasia, Ville Leinonen ja Majakan Soittokunta) 
Ville Leinonen ja Majakan Soittokunta (Provinssirock, Ilosaarirock, 
Simerock), Esa Kotilainen/Neum, Kuusankoskitalo

2009 Irresistible District art and music festival, Suvilahti, Helsinki
Prickly pea Bowls and Duna Jam Festival, Sardinia, Italy, 
Siren, Festival of experimental music, Artisten, Gothenburg, Sweden

2008 Swap/Vaihto, Islington Mill, Manchester, England
Duna Jam Festivaali, Sardinia, Italy, Flow Festival, 
Suvilahti, Helsinki

2007 Pikseliähky Vj Jam, Kiasma theatre, Helsinki, 
Pink Projector, Ruisrock, Turku, 
PunkD Festival, Stancowice, Poland 2006 
UMF New Music Festival, Turku, Carelian Faces, Petrozavodsk, Russia, 

2006 UMF New Music Festival, Turku, 
Carelian Faces, Petrozavodsk, Russia, 
Pikseähky Club, Umo Jazz House, Helsinki

Psychotrophic Caravan festival Vj 2009-2011

Om (USA), Aqua Nebula Oscillator (France), Gunslinger (UK), 
Steel Mammoth, Circle, Lord Vicar,  Dark Buddha Rising, 
Orange Goblin (GBR), The Pharaoh Overlord...

+ ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) FLESHPRESS, SWALLOWED
TEACHING

2011 Kouvola Folk School, sculpture, metal jewelry, video
2007 metal jewelry, Suomenlinnan työsiirtola
2006 metal jewelry, Suomenlinnan työsiirtola
2006 metal jewelry, Art school MAA, Helsinki
 
PUBLIC ART WORKS

2012 Kontula sculpture
2011 Kontula sculpture
2005 Kontula medal
2004 Kontula award
2002 Tarmo award (Saku Koivu)

MEMBERSHIP

MUU RY, Random Doctors VJ collective (founder) 
Jättömaa RY (founder) Kouvolan Taiteilijaseura RY



 

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