Finnish artists Sini Majuri and Marja Hepo-aho created Roboballet, a dystopian tale of man and machine locked in a dance of death. The performance unfolds as ballet dancer Mira Ollila takes to the stage to engage in a battle with Boston Dynamics‘ fearsome Spot robot dog, a fight that is destined to end in tragedy.
In the Roboballet, the story unfolds through the eyes of ballet dancer Mira Ollila and the fearsome Spot robot dog. However, the work’s unique projection mapping technology allows the audience to see the performance from both perspectives. The holographic projection showcases the similarities and differences between the two performers, highlighting the idea that foreignness often elicits fear, and we are most likely to empathize with those who are like us.
Glass sculptures in Roboballet depict human fragility and complexity. When the dancer removes walking sticks, the dance becomes a powerful expression of human spirit. Infinity Vessel project showcases glass sculptures at New York Fashion Week.
As the dancers move across the stage, the music and visuals amplify the tension, drawing the audience into a dystopian world that is both beautiful and terrifying. This work is a collaboration between Craneworks and Aalto University. The collective work features music composed by Petri Pulkkinen and Janne Jääskö, adding a haunting layer of sound to the eerie performance.
Roboballet is a testament to the power of collaboration and the unique fusion of technology and art. It is a work that will leave a lasting impression on all who witness it, with its haunting music, stunning visuals, and captivating performance in Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Helsinki. As the curtains fall on the stage of Roboballet, a haunting question lingers in the air – what kind of partner is technology for humanity?
Images by Juha-Matti Vahdersalo and Kalle Koponen / HS
Read an article about Roboballet in Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper
Infinity Vessel boldly steps onto the catwalk at New York Fashion Week on September 2023. The Flying Solo fashion show, which is held annually on the roof top surrounded by skyscrapers, gathers a global coverage of current fashion. Infinity vessel is exhibiting an eight-piece collection of wearable glass sculptures, such as crowns that explore femininity and the state of society. Glass crowns can be made-to-order from the master craftsmen of the Infinity Vessel project.
The Flying Solo show is one of the most cutting-edge fashion events during New York Fashion Week presenting a wide array of womenswear, menswear and accessories. Every season, Flying Solo discovers new talented independent designers from across the globe. The show has been featured in Fashionista, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Vogue, Marie Claire, Nylon, and Harper’s Bazaar.
When a machine looks back at us, what does it see? Join us on February 1 – 2.2023 at the Suomenlinna sea Fortress in Helsinki to see how dance artist Mira Ollila interprets the shades of humanity while dancing with Boston Dynamics Spot robot. Roboballet is a new chapter in the Infinity Vessel series by glass artists Sini Majuri and Marja Hepo-aho, where contemporary glass is intertwined with dance and technology. THE ROBOBALLET SHOWS ARE FULL.
Dive into the interactive hologram piece and sculpture exhibition which will spread out in Tenalji von Fersen hall. Exhibition will be open for two days: February 1 – 2. The intensive ten minute dance performances are held at regular intervals. The exhibition and show are open and free to the public.
The ballet’s music is composed by Petri Pulkkinen and Janne Jääskö the holoprojections and interactive art of the work are produced by Craneworks Oy. The choreocraphy of the dance is by Heidi Lehtoranta and Mira Ollila. Robotics has been implemented in collaboration with Aalto University’s robotics department.
THE ROBOBALLET SHOWS ARE FULL.
The exhibition space is located on the upper floor, which is accessed by stairs. Those who need a lift are asked to register in advance so that we can arrange staff to help.
Kun robotti katsoo meitä, mitä se näkee? Tanssitaiteilija Mira Ollila tulkitsee ihmisyyden sävyjä tanssiessaan Aalto Yliopiston robotiikan laitoksen ohjelmoiman Spot-robotin kanssa. Teos on osa lasitaiteilija Sini Majurin ja Marja Hepo-ahon Infinity Vessel-kokonaisuutta, jossa klassiset taiteen alat sekoittuvat nykyteknologiaan. Interaktiivisen teoksen musiikin ovat säveltäneet Petri Pulkkinen ja Janne Jääskö. Teoksessa laulaa Hanna Wendelin. Craneworks Oy vastaa kokonaisuuden holoprojisiosta.
Tanssiteos kestää 10 minuuttia (järjestetään tasatunnein) ja on osa Tenalji von Fersenin saliin levittäytyvää veistosnäyttelyä, jossa hologrammi taide yhdistyy klassiseen lasiin ja ihmisten ilmeisiin keinoälyn välityksellä reagoivaa musiikkimaisemaa.
Esteettömyys: Näyttely sijaitsee Tenalji Von Fersenin salissa, jonne on käynti portaita myöten. Hissiä tarvitservia pyydetään ilmoittautumaan etukäteen, jotta voimme ohjeistaa rakennuksen sivustalla sijaitsevan hissin käytössä.
Communication installation by glass artists Sini Majuri and Marja Hepo-aho was exhibited at The Italian Glass Week’s HUB exhibition arranged in the Palazzo Loredan in Venice on 17 – 25 September 2022. The exhibition consisted of design objects by Majuri and Hepo-aho. The deeper message of the installation was to evoke discussion about the state of the contemporary glass and the artist’s responsibility as a reflector of time. The HUB installation is connected to Infinity Vessel production which was not accepted in the glass week’s program. How ever the rejected project mirroring the state of the society was welcomed to the Berengo Studio in Murano. Read an article about the exhibition at Savon Sanomat Newspaper.
Artists gave a lecture in the Hotel Saturnia to open the unique challenges and characteristics of the field from the perspective of Finnish and international glass. Glass artists are often asked to exhibit safe, beautiful, Scandinavian objects – as the contemporary glass, which deals with society’s taboos, is in a challenging situation in front of financiers and industry institutions. These actors define the field and what kind of art is accepted.
The Communication project is connected to the Infinity Vessel production that opened in Berengo Studio in September 17th 2022 – outside the official glass week program. The triptych with an exhibition, show and a treasure hunt combine glass with multiple innovative technologies. Augmented reality and holographic art are mixed with glass that reflects the lovelessess in society; what happens to an individual when humanity and emotions are disconnected from the surrounding community. The project started when the artists decided to comment on the War in Ukraine, pandemics as well as the women’s rights.
The live glass blowing show in Berengo Studio had Teemu Nurmelin from Finnish National Theater as the visual designer. The starting point of the show is to contemplate the glassblowing demo as its own unrecognized art form. In the article of Savon Sanomat newspaper it is written, that “the experience of the glass show turned out to be powerful on many levels. A strong sense of trust was created between the audience and the artists when the hot glass mass revealed the details of the work as part of the storytelling. Some of the audience wanted to share their feelings after the show, some even cried”.
The third part of the triptych, a hunt of valuable glass artifacts hidden through the city of Venice and Murano island as a real life adventure. Visitors were encouraged to seek out sculptures and discuss the topics of the project on social media. In the treasure hunt, artists wanted to shake off the stigma of elitism from glass art, so they offered thousands of euros worth of unique glass to the public on the principle of “the finder gets to keep”.
Infinity Vessel contemporary art project pushes the limits of the ancient art of glass. A documentary about the birth and reception of the Infinity Vessel is also being made, directed by Ditte Uljas. The project is part of Corning Museum of Glass’s collection in New York.
The next Infinity Vessel show will be arranged in Detroit 2023 as the movie will be premiered in the Glass Art Society’s annual conference. The Noa Milo sculpture is also exhibited at Art Miami at the Berengo Studio’s booth in November 2022.
Welcome to Design Helsinki! Sini Majuri will exhibit at the International Design Pavilion at Kasarmitori, Helsinki. During the two day event 24 – 25.8 you can meet Sini at the booth B17 and see her latest collections of contemporary glass! Join the show and get your entry ticket from here.
With expansive global reach spanning architects, interior designers, dealers, retailers, specifiers and more, Design Helsinki will be Media 10’s first Nordic event and will showcase leading Finnish and international interiors brands presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and specially commissioned installations around the city centre. Taking place 24-25 August, Design Helsinki will highlight the profound influence that Scandinavian design and its commitment to sustainability has on the architecture and design industries.
Featuring an unmissable programme for design, the two-day festival will bring the area to life with festivities to match. Immersive installations will line the streets, a curated exhibition will showcase the latest contemporary design products, delectable food and drink partners will offer a variety of discounts and deals, topical talks will highlight the industry’s most pressing issues within the city’s famed Design Museum and much more. The event will celebrate the area’s local design showrooms who will welcome architects, designers, dealers, retailers and more through their doors with a jam packed programme of events.
Design Helsinki will be a fun-filled design festival consisting of 1 international pavilion featuring 40+ leading brands, 40+ resident design showrooms, engaging installations, topical talks with leading creatives, hundreds of programmed events and tantalising deals across Helsinki’s restaurants and bars.
Finnish glass artists Sini Majuri and Marja Hepo-aho discover the limits of the ancient art of glass in theInfinity Vesselproduction opening in Venice on September 2022. The myth of Pandora comes to live when contemporary glass mixes with holographic art, haunting soundscapes and grim interpretation of AR.
Majuri and Hepo-aho uses augmented reality as a way to illustrate a hidden – subconscious levels of human mind, where all the fears live. The modern tech reaches the intangible surfaces of expression in the narrative that mirrors the state of the society – asking what happens when human is disconnected from humanity.
As in the myth of Pandora, hope is an important part of the whole, and it is reflected via the profound connection between humanity and craftmanship. The connection is interpreted in a Live glass blowing show at the legendary Berengo Studio Murano.
In the glass show the artists demonstrate how the hope is the final thing released from the Pandora’s vessel. The vessel is paradoxically broken and whole at the same time – as a metaphor to a human.
Infinity Vessel production is a riddle where the participants are experiencing contemporary glass art in a adventurous way. It is a live show, exhibition as well as a real life treasure hunt where valuable glass sculptures are hidden in the maze of Venetian Streets. The open hunt will last for nine days and has a AR level tied to the experience – where the treasure hunters will see the horrors of Pandora spreading across the ancient city.
I’m delighted to receive four design awards from the international A’Design Awards! The summer 2022 collections Pikku, Purnu and Orinnoro as well as Suonenjoki vase designed for the city of Suonenjoki were awarded. It is especially meaningful that studio made glass is represented and appreciated in these sort of design forums in the United Nations International Year of Glass 2022. Furthermore it is great to launch these new collections with such a positive starting point as I have started new collaboration with Momono Design Store in Helsinki! If you are visiting Helsinki, you can find Momono from Yrjönkatu, near Design Museum. I have also started to collaborate with Taiko. You can visit my online gallery from here. It has also been a great honor to be chosen into international Homo Faber guide. You can find my site from here.
One of the most memorable projects have been an interview by Isabel Laine for her Bachelor thesis (Suomalainen lasitaide nykytaiteena. Esimerkkinä Sini Majurin nykylasi) for the University of Turku. The thesis is about the relationship of contemporary glass and contemporary art.
This summer I wanted to create something cute and small. Pikku is my first mini size vase and it is studio made in Suomenlinna island. Vases are inspired by soap bubbles and romantic movies. The philosophy of the Pikku is that the small details in our life are precious. In the hectic world it is important to pay attention to a single flower. Vase won a bronze award and was also noted in Avotakka magazine May issue. The vases can be found from Momono as well as from my studio.
Purnu jar is also something rather flirty, pink and smaller than my usual objects. As a designer I usually prefer using quite voluminous glass, which is still present on the thick bottom of the Purnu jar. Actually 20 cm tall Purnu is a miniature version of Orinnoro jar that is a 65 cm tall. The collection is inspired by marshmallows and pop culture. The design philosophy of the object is to reflect the Northern aesthetics with playful colors and simplified shape. Both Orinnoro and Purnu won Bronze and are created in Riihimäki, Finland at Mafka&Alakoski glass studio. Suonenjoki vase was designed for my home town, Suonenjoki. Therefore it was truly touching to also win an award from the vase.
This spring I have also been designing a new sort of project for the Finnish Craft & Design fair: an unique art piece for the event to use as their theme object. You can find the entire interview about the project from the link. The sculpture was made with traditional graal glass blowing technique and the theme of the piece is The Future. The idea of the sculpture is that one must see up close to see far too. When you look inside an object, you first look through lace, as if through a human craft tradition, inside a cell and into humanity. Hands support the future. At the same time, glass is eternal but fragile. Delicate and strong. It’s kind of a paradox.
Sini Majuri’s exhibition has opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Eemil. The theme of the exhibition ‘Home’ (Finnish Koti) is illustrated via poetic blown glass. Home is something that define ourselves: who we are and who we desireto be. Home can mean Chaos or a Serene safe haven. It can be dangerous. Loving. Home is missed. It’s not for granted to have a home. Especially in the midst of pandemics home has evolved into new dimensions.
The exhibition is part of the program of UN’s international year of glass 2022 – which is why Majuri wanted to highlight the diversity, co-operation and vitality of Finnish contemporary glass in the exhibition. The artist is not only shaping the glass material but the whole creative field and its future.
Studio made glass is an expressive medium that can give a shape to a feeling, the visible and invisible levels of existence. The theme Home is mirrored via multi-layered interpretations of classic Graal- glass blowing technique. Glass story follows the logic of a dream and Home is also seen as a metaphor to a persons psyche. An important part of the narrative is how our own position affects the ways we see each other.
Read more about the exhibition from Iisalmen Sanomat News Paper: Link
Read an aticle from the Contemporary Glass Society: Link
Epic voyage. This expression comes across often, when people describe FRESH Finland’s Venice Glass Week project to us. And it truly was a memorable journey indeed. I started FRESH Finland last winter because I hoped to open a dialogue, locally and globally, between glass people. I believe that it’s meaningful for independent artists to work together in a real, concrete way. Especially in the midst of the pandemics it’s time to start fresh.
The exhibition was held in Bel Air Fine Art. Choosing an international contemporary art gallery as the space was a conscious choice, a statement for the relationship between blown glass and contemporary art. It’s important to see studio made, sculptural pieces in this sort of location and international events. The aim of the project is to create collaborations that last. I must say that focal point of the FRESH Finland is in the future.
FRESH had multiple glass demo’s in Murano: in Berengo Glass Studio as well as in Wave Murano Glass. It was truly touching how people in the studios warmly welcomed our Finnish group and took such good care of us! Blown glass is a living heritage that is in a state of constant reinvention. Therefore demo’s are a way to open the hidden world behind the art. It is also a human way to communicate with glass makers and studios. All the demo’s and lectures were live-streamed via Instagram. While having an adventure in Murano, we were delighted to also visit Museo del Vetro.
FRESH Finland’s core is in the collaboration. In The Venice Glass Week there were both artists with decades of experience as well as professionals that just recently have started their career; in total eight artists that each have their unique recognizable style and expression. It is meaningful to be able to work together in this rare way. It is interesting to see what the future holds! At the moment the FRESH group is starting to plan exhibitions and continuing the philosophy of the project; working together, thinking fresh, expressign fresh.
Sini Majuri’s exhibition is in Gumbostrand Konst & Form till 3.10.2021. Pandemic experiences of Finnish families are mirrored inside Majuri’s latest sculptural works. The series is also invited to the Venice Glass Week HUB in Palazzo Loredan. The sculptures made from mouth blown glass reflect the details of old buildings, fishbone parquet floors, soap bubbles blown in midsummer weddings. They are moods and emotions that can only be captured inside the poetic glass medium. A collection of Majuri’s latest limited edition design series that are awarded in A’Design Award Italy, are also in the exhibition.
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