Flow with matter



Tommi Grönlund, Petteri Nisunen


MA Nan

Duration:May 31th, 2020 - November 30th, 2020(Closed every Monday)
Host:Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

Address:Building 3, No.210, Wenshui Road Jingan District, Shanghai

The swift unfolding of the viral pandemic has brought the hustle of life to a grinding halt, while social distancing is forcing us to spend more time with ourselves and pay closer attention to the subtle changes in everyday life. Through observation, we can communicate with the ever-morphing ebb and flow of things and thus better understand our relationship with the world, as a Chinese saying goes “to investigate things is to attain knowledge ”. The world to us is not a collection of objectified things anymore, but a congregation of concrete realities, facts of matter. Within the flow of matter, our cognition and sensibility are reconciled, revealing its inner glow .
Going beyond the visible phenomena of nature, Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen have persevered in their exploration of its true intentions. Their inquiries do not stem out of pretense, but out of their genuine enthusiasm for the living world. Seemingly hard and fast logic of the world is all too often taken for granted, as dogma, reduced to a lifeless dataset. The artists reverse this process. Through a variety of interdisciplinary tactics, they reexamine the sonic and visual flux of nature, its many movements and transformations, to re-ignite people's curiosity about the world, make them aware of the consequences of their own behavior.
Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen's architecture and kinetic installations are minimal yet poetic, restrained and precise in their expressive language, rigorously rational. Instead of making their works emotionally “loud,” the artists’ speech is latent, leaving the audience enough space to discover and speak for themselves.
A mere act of observing is enough to reveal the dramaturgy to the flux of things and forces. In this theater of morphing things, one should take their time to encounter, meditate, discover.

MA Nan

Part of Works

High Frequency Installation 2020
parabolic aluminum reflectors, aluminum stands, Geiger counter, control unit, amplifier, high frequency drivers 28.5 x 2.3 x 1.9 m

Liquid Diagram 2009
distilled water, glass flasks, glass tubes, resistance wire, stainless-steel stands, halogen lights, control units
dimensions variable

Lines and Circles 2007
a series of silkscreen prints, mounted on foam board and framed 1.3 x 1.3 m each

Music Box 2004
a mdf-cabinet with glass top, a mechanical music box, an electric motor with reduction gear, microphones, light sensors, four-channel sound system, acoustic foam, carpet
dimensions variable  


Tommi Grönlund
Petteri Nisunen

Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen, both live and work in Helsinki, are one of the representative contemporary artists of Finland. Both came from architectural background, Grönlund and Nisunen have been engaged in interdisciplinary creation in contemporary art, architecture and sound art since their first collaboration in the 1990s. Major prizes they won include: Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts (2013), Edstrandska Stiftelsen (2003), Finnish State Awards for Arts (2001), etc. Major exhibitions they participated in include: Manifesta 1, the 49th Venice Biennial (Nordic Pavilion), the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, the 5th Marrakech Biennale , the 27th São Paulo Biennial, the 1st Yokohama Triennial, etc. Their works have been collected by major art museums worldwide, include: Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art (KIASMA), The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg(MUDAM), Espoo Museum of Modern Art(EMMA), etc.

MA Nan

MA Nan, now living in Hangzhou. Graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thoughts, China Academy of Art with Ph.D. Interested in social and cultural mechanism of displaying culture and the relationship of media and perception. Since 2010, she has been engaged in curatorial studies/practice and translation. Major projects curated include: “Writing Non-writing: Hangzhou International Modern Calligraphy Art Festival" (Hangzhou), “Tribute 2018: Future Media/Art Manifesto" (Strasbourg, France), “Light that Occupied and Forgotten: Jimei-Arles International Photography Festival" (Xiamen), “Meme City: 1st Intermedia Art Festival" (Hangzhou), “Museum Cellar, The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture, CAFA Art Museum Biennale”(Beijing), etc.

LED Horizon 2020 blinking white LEDs, copper covered steel wire, stainless-steel wire, stainless-steel counterweights, stainless-steel structures, power sources, electric cord 24.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 m

Frozen Cube 2016 cubic stainless-steel container, frozen gel, white painted pedestal 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 m

Electromagnet Installation 1997 Sand-blasted steel sheets, stainless-steel rods, electromagnets, control unit, magnet driver units, infrared sensors, a power supply dimensions variable

Orbita 2005/2018 a stainless-steel ball, stainless-steel rails, electric linear actuators, limit switches, a light bulb, electric cable 7.0 x 7.0 x 0.5 m

Reel to Reel 2005 an aluminum frame, aluminum discs, bearings, electric motor, rubber belts, spotlight on stand 1.8 x 1.0 x 0.6 m

Pneumatic Landscape 2004/2020 polyester fabric, chipboard, timber, fans, digital dimmer, computer 24.4 x 11.0 x 3.5 m

Flux of Matter 2012 stainless-steel balls, laminated timber, anodized aluminum, painted mdf-board, a timer module, electric linear actuator, battery 4.0 x 0.6 x 0.3 m

Lunar Eclipse 2007 video projector, round mirror, wire, electric motor with a reduction gear dimensions variable

Variations on a Theme documentary images 2007