Exhibition projects, concerts and installations.

The Problem of the Hydra, 2020

HD 1080p, color, sound, 9 min 40 sec, 2017–2020.
Sound design by Charles Quevillon. Voice by Ava Grayson.

The Problem of the Hydra examines practical and metaphysical questions raised by hydra all the way from the 1700s to this day.

(Still image) Maija Tammi: The Problem of the Hydra, HD 1080p, color, sound, 9 min, 2017–2020. Sound design by Charles Quevillon.

Unheroic Labours #2, 2020

By Maija Tammi and Charles Quevillon
HD 1080p, colour, sound, 11 min. 10 sec., 2020.
Mentor: choreographer Tedd Robinson.

The work revisits Hercules’s second labour, which was to kill the multi-headed water serpent Hydra. However, in the artwork, killing is replaced with dancing, and the monster Hydra is not the mythic hydra, but rather the real freshwater polyp Hydra. And cats like water.

Unheroic Labours # 2 by Charles Quevillon and Maija Tammi HD 1080p, colour, sound, 11 min. 10 sec., 2020. Mentor: choreographer Tedd Robinson.

One Picture Manifesto

Art exhibition 2019 –

The exhibition is a visual commentary on the practices of modern photographic art. One Picture Manifesto highlights the significance of a single photograph in a time that tends to celebrate serialism. The manifesto is also intended to encourage people to consider to what extent the form and even the very existence of photographic art is dictated by the parameters of photographic competitions, festivals and grant applications.

In the exhibition each artist presents one independent visual work of art that is not supported by long written descriptions or complementing works from the same artist. The first exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography (Autumn 2019) featured one work of art from Marja Pirilä, Harri Pälviranta, Maija Annikki Savolainen and Maija Tammi.

One Picture Manifesto at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Autumn 2019. Conceptual artwork by Maija Tammi, Harri Pälviranta, Marja Pirilä and Maija Savolainen.
Maija Tammi: Ouroboros, 2019. Archival pigment print 60 × 65 cm, framed.
One Picture Manifesto (the manifesto pyramid) at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Autumn 2019.

The 1m3 of Human Experiment, 2018

Maija Tammi and Charles Quevillon
Performance with video, 20 min.

The work is a vivid, claustrophobic, and possibly an occasionally nauseating artwork that examines the problematic separation of mind and body and questions the trustworthiness of our senses. In the work, a human confined in a square box tries to make sense of his world. A cable coming out of his mouth connects him to a simulation surrounding him. The work combines performance, audio, and video art.

Maija Tammi and Charles Quevillon: The 1m3 of Human Experiment, 2018, 20’00. Performance with video. Photograph from Kiasma Theatre, 2020.
Maija Tammi and Charles Quevillon: The 1m3 of Human Experiment, 2018, 20’00. Performance with video. Photograph from Kiasma Theatre, 2020.
Maija Tammi and Charles Quevillon: The 1m3 of Human Experiment, 2018, 20’00. Performance with video. Photograph from Kiasma Theatre, 2020.

Marcel Was Here, 2015.

By Maija Tammi
HD 1080p, color, sound, 11 min., 33 sec.
Music by Charles Quevillon.

A slow-paced video work of a decaying rabbit.

Marcel Was Here, 2015. HD 1080p, color, sound, 11 min., 33 sec. Music by Charles Quevillon.

Valkoinen pupu, 2014.

By Maija Tammi and Aapo Huhta
HD 1080p, color, sound, 11 min, 10 sec.
Sound by Charles Quevillon.

Valkoinen pupu (White Bunny) is Maija Tammi’s and Aapo Huhta’s video work that questions the human subject position.

Valkoinen pupu. Video by Aapo Huhta and Maija Tammi, HD 1080p, color, sound, 11 min., 10 sec., (2014). Sound by Charles Quevillon.

Hydra, performed with Maja S. K. Ratjke at Our Festival 2017. HD 1080, color, 20 min, 6 sec. Photo by Maarit Kytöharju.
Video installation Day 11799, with musician Pekka Kuusisto. Our Festival, Järvenpää, Finland, 2016. Photo by Maarit Kytöharju.