About the Book
This constellation of life and art practices is personally collected from the years 2015-2023.
Within this speculative lens we see seasonal landscapes, improvisational research, holistic workshops, science fiction video, ritualistic portraits, social scenes, family visitations, DJ documentation, Helsinki exhibition dispatches, open studios experiments, reimagined allotment gardens, performances for the camera, and visual art projects created by former and existing Vartiosaari artist house members, guest artists, and visitors.
Vartiosaari is an activated imagination generator and I hope you will have a chance to visit this special place in Finland.
A special thanks to all the contributors, and guardians (past, present, and future) protecting this island.
Features & Details
Torsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator currently based in Helsinki, Finland. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He has created video, photo, publications, graphic novels and installations exploring speculative content, including re-imagined educational practices, experimental space programs, eco-fictions, afterlife relationships, Humanimal stories and post-human narratives. He collaborates with Darrin Martin, Monika Czyzyk and Anthony Discenza (HALFLIFERS). Burns' selected video work + Netart is distributed by Vtape, VDB, and EAI. Burns participated in residency programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Signal Culture, Smackmellon, Eyebeam and LMCC World views studio program.