Gustafsson&Haapoja – 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 Gustafsson&Haapoja’s new project Museum of Nonhumanity. The Museum focuses on the history of animalization and will open in the Suvilahti area’s – where Flow Festival takes place– Tiivistämö building starting September 1st 2016. For Flow Festival Gustafsson&Haapoja create a set of banners that present nation state flags modified to accommodate nonhuman presence and carry slogans from a manifesto of interspecies politics.  The 6 minute animation Embrace You Empathy is on view on two large screens on the festival entrance.

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.

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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