Jani Ruscica



Appendix is an artist book developed in collaboration between Finnish artist Jani Ruscica and Sam Watson of CIRCA Projects. Considered as an appendix to Ruscica’s major new project ‘Conversation in Pieces’, the book features a specially commissioned text by Madrid-based curator Manuel Segade, ‘A Deviant Script Written to Be Read As a Text to Come On Jani Ruscica’, printed in both English and Spanish and typeset in a specially created anthropomorphic typeface.

The book will feature as an appendix to Ruscica’s exhibition, featuring in future versions of the project, and launching at KIASMA in Helsinki in March. The book will be available to buy from CIRCA shop in March and is co-published with Art Editions North and distributed in the UK through Cornerhouse publications.

Jani Ruscica’s ‘Conversation in Pieces’ is a fragmentary collection of works. Like a sprawling inconclusive conversation it is an ensemble of film, live performances, musical compositions, texts and sculptural objects. Consistent with Ruscica’s practice to date the project explores the intersections between cinema, video art, sculpture, theatre and performance, focusing on posing questions related to cultural and pictorial representation. Drawing from a myriad of sources; historical, scientific, cultural and political, his works are characterized by the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate elements that trigger unexpected, multilayered meanings.

Ruscica’s ongoing project aims at re- or even misinterpreting a set of images, or symbols one might even say, may they be culturally, historically, scientifically or politically charged. Once freed of their original, somewhat restraining contexts, a new play can begin. One that sets out to explore the creative potential of these conversation pieces, oddly unresolved or even problematic images become objects that retain the potential for multiple readings. The whole endeavour becomes almost a kind of “Pirandello-esque” quest for an author or authorship, each image’s own claim at its own authorship.

Involving a wide array of collaborators or “interpreters”, Conversation in Pieces extends the exhibition into an event, both spatially and temporally. An event, where at the offset muted and immaterial images are subjected to the laws of our material world: gravity, weight, volume, movement, language, emotion, sounds etc., thus emphasizing the piece’s performative qualities.

Jani Ruscica is an artist working with video, photography, sculpture and other media. Ruscica’s self reflexive works explore the intersection between cinema, video art, theatre and performance. He is interested in how one defines one’s location, one’s placement in the world, and how this definition changes – continuously if necessary – according to personal, cultural, representational or even scientific factors. In Ruscica’s practice, temporal layers reflect on the contemporary zeitgeist, creating new meaningful? relationships. Taking a collaborative approach to filmmaking, Ruscica has worked with scientists, theatre makers and street performers. Recent exhibitions include ‘Found in Translation – Chapter L’, Casino Luxembourg; 5th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway and ‘Life Forms’ Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, as well as screenings in institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; TATE Modern, London and MoMA, New York. Ruscica is based in Helsinki and was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki.

Manuel Segade has a BA in History of Art from the University of Santiago de Compostela. In 2005 and 2006 he served as content coordinator for the Metrònom Fundació Rafael Tous d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona. From 2007 to 2009 he was a curator of the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Santiago de Compostela. In 2009 he resumed his freelance activity producing and curating projects for La Casa Encendida, ARCO, MUSAC, Centre d’Art La Panera and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. He has also been teaching curatorial practices in different postgraduate and MA programmes, including Honours in Curatorship of Michaelis University of Cape Town and as the annual tutor, Professor of École du Magasin in Grenoble. Previously living in Rotterdam, where he worked as a researcher and independent curator, he currently lives in Madrid, where is Director of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M).