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Samir Bhowmik

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Samir Bhowmik reflects on how humans take possession of nature with their infrastructure and technology. Bhowmik’s work in Helsinki Biennial is a series of expeditions tracing the route of an imaginary subterranean and underwater cable through the island of Vallisaari, with the artist serving as tour guide and narrator.

Samir Bhowmik (b. 1975) is a multi-disciplinary artist and architect, engaged in artistic projects in Berlin, New York and Helsinki. His current work examines the architectural, infrastructural and energetic entanglements of cultural memory and the environment. Using multi-sensorial methods to investigate infrastructure, he attempts to generate poetic vignettes between the clashing of multiple materialities, networks and bodies. Through performance installations, Bhowmik often creates participatory narratives, and immersive performances that act as probes within which the imaginaries of hidden, contested and lost topographies unfold.

Samir Bhowmik: Lost Islands, 2021 ©Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

Lost Islands, 2021

In his work for Helsinki Biennial, Samir Bhowmik reflects on how humans take possession of nature with their infrastructure and technology. Lost Islands is a series of expeditions tracing the route of an imaginary subterranean and underwater cable through the island of Vallisaari, with the artist serving as tour guide and narrator.

The expeditions venture into the island’s topography, forested pathways, waterways, historical buildings, ruins and bunkers. Along the way, visitors are engaged and immersed in installations, film, theatre, contemporary dance, song, and experimental music. The expeditions will take place as a series of events staged on the island from June to August.

Expeditions in August (sign-up opens later in the summer):
4.8. / 5.8. / 7.8. / 8.8. / 18.8. / 19.8. / 20.8. / 22.8.

Photo 1: Matti Pyykkö/Helsinki Biennial 2021

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Samir Bhowmik

Lost Islands
2021

Performative expedition, video installation, cable installation and assemblage

Concept, Planning, Choreography: Samir Bhowmik

Performer, Co-Choreography: Esete Sutinen

Performers: Jani Toivola, Amira Khalifa, Geoffrey Erista

Sound Design: Viljami Lehtonen

Vocals: Dallas Ulla

Dramaturgy: Michelle Orenius, Warda Ahmed

Cinematography: Christopher Thomas

Costume Design: Hanne Jurmu

Motion Design, Animation: Oskar Koli

Production Assistant, Host: Tero Kaipanen

Advisor: Jussi Parikka

The project is based on artistic research funded by the Kone Foundation https://koneensaatio.fi/en/imaginary-natures/

Signals from the Sea
2021

video animation

Concept & Planning: Samir Bhowmik

Motion Design, Animation: Oskar Koli

Music: Viljami Lehtonen

Vocals: Dallas Ulla