– I wanted to go swimming

Short text, credits  and still images

I wanted to go swimming is a media artwork with a strong environmental and political theme, and it can be found in the web at www.uimaan.net. The work has been realized by sculptor Marjukka Korhonen and media artist Raimo Uunila.

The artwork researches an anthropocentric view on the right of using the nature and the nature’s own rights to itself. It discusses the relationship and the understanding we humans have of the nature by investigating what kind of protection the law is able to offer for the nature. Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in a world. The series of events leading to the current situation have started already in the 50’s.

The work is based on a real report of an offence made to the Finnish police: 6070/R/164387/08. The reporting was a strange event. It was recorded so that others could see and wonder it, too.

The sea was reported to have been polluted on the 9th of September 2008. Chief Inspector J. Mäkelä is in charge of the investigation. I wanted to go swimming offers everyone the chance to admit their collective guilt for the pollution of the sea. It is difficult to actually judge anybody for that crime. You can, however, participate in the work and experience catharsis by declaring yourself guilty.

A raffle will be held among all the participants who submit the report of the offence, and the winner will receive the right to use a recycled red kayak during the summer. The recycled prize is raffled once a year, next time in spring 2011.

CREDITS

Marjukka Korhonen and Raimo Uunila

Partners: Grape Productions Ltd., Halikonlahti Green Art Trilogy, Helsinki district police department, Joensuu Art Museum, Kajaani Art Museum, Kerava Art Museum, Kvaliitti Ltd., Salo Art Museum, Studio Silaus, Welhonpesä Ltd.

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