HISTORY OF OTHERS, THE VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT FLOW FESTIVAL 2016
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New series of work under the title Embrace Your Empathy! is a prelude to History of Other’s new project Museum of Nonhumanity. The museum focuses on the history of dehumanization and will open in the Suvilahti area’s – where Flow is also held – Tiivistämö building starting September 1st.

History of Others creates an utopia of a world that is characterised by equality between humans and other animals, and where the ability to empathise has been raised as a central value. This utopia is located in the near future, where resources are few, but interspecies communication is commonplace. Large scale media works appropriate the visual aesthetics of advertisements while inviting Flow Festival visitors to imagine a world in which public spaces are saturated with statements that reinforce togetherness and mutual acceptance – instead of ones focused on the abuse of nature and other people.

History of Others was started by Gustafsson and Haapoja in 2012 with the first part Museum of the History of Cattle, which was awarded with the Kiila prize of the year 2013. The accompanying book History According to Cattle (Into, Punctum Books and History of Others) was published in 2015. The second part of History of Others, court room performance The Trial, focused on the legal personhood of nature and other animals, and premiered as part of the Baltic Circle festival in 2014.

Flow Festival is a leading European music and arts boutique festival taking place in a historic power plant area in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. 2016 programme includes Massive Attack, SIA, Kamasi Washington and many others.

Embrace Your Empathy
2-channel video installation, 07:00 min / loop
Concept and script Gustafsson & Haapoja
Animation Matti Vesanen
Production FLOW Festival

Is the Sky Painted 
Installation of 20 flags
Concept, texts and design Gustafsson & Haapoja
Producer Terhi Tuomi
Production FLOW festival

“Is the sky painted?”
“He’s upset,” Pris said. “Because he has an empathy box. In the other room. Do you use it, J. R.?”

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