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Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen, Buoyancy, installation view, 2022. Commissioned by Gasworks. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

Join us for a performance presented by exhibiting artist Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen. 

Expanding on his durational and process-based approach, Laakkonen presents his first ever musical performance at the Montgomery Hall Community Centre, located a five-minute walk from Gasworks. Entitled Flock of Birds, this consists of a short, repetitive composition written for an ensemble of non-professional wind instrument players.

Conducted by musician Hannah Catherine Jones, the performance is divided into simple steps so that each musician plays a single note in sequential order, therefore drifting in and out of sync like a flock of birds—a movement evoked in its title.

Schedule

- Meet at Gasworks to see the exhibition at 4pm
- Guided tour of exhibition at 4:30pm
- Walk to Montgomery Hall for the performance at 5pm

No booking is required for this event.

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Exhibition

This event responds to Buoyancy, the first UK institutional solo exhibition by Helsinki-based artist Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen. With a focus on process and experience, Laakkonen’s work uses nature as a raw material to reflect on the impact of human interactions with the environment, while also tackling wider existential questions around time, death and the limits of scientific knowledge. 

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Biographies

Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunstverein München, Munich (2019); Kohta, Helsinki (2017); Corvi-Mora, London (2017 and 2015). He has exhibited internationally at organisations including Kiasma, Helsinki; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystad; Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvær; MHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; and KHM Gallery, Malmö.

Hannah Catherine Jones (aka Foxy Moron) is a London-based artist, musician, scholar and radio presenter (Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 and The Opera Show on NTS), as well as founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra, a community project established in 2013. Inclusivity and decolonization are the central spine connecting her broad practice. Jones is currently a DPhil scholar at Oxford University. She has performed and lectured internationally, including presentations at the Liverpool Biennial; Serralves Museum, Porto; Wagner Museum, Bayreuth; Beirut Arts Centre; Modern Art Oxford; Tate Modern, London; and Whitechapel Gallery, London.