Green Matters eng / fin

Arm Patch Manifest













Arm Patch Manifest


Arm patches are mainly used to showcase a membership to organizations like military forces, sport teams or fans of heavy rock bands.

In the ARM PATCH MANIFEST- project the function of an arm patch is to manifest the patch maker´s attachment to an idea, an ideology or a remix of individual preferencies, which are showcased in the public space. The patch maker becomes a one-person disorganized mobile manifestation.

The exhibition serves as a process space where the visitors have a chance to design their own arm patches. The process of making the images invites to explore closely how to visualize an idea and turn it into a symbol. The visitors can also choose from arm patches made by the artist or other exhibition visitors, which have been embroidered.

The ARM PATCH MANIFEST gives the public the impetus to harness the power of their own symbols and also question their willingness to carry any symbols or trademarks.

ARM PATCH MANIFEST draws also attention to the presence of symbols and trademarks in our public space and encourages counterbalance to the commercial domination of our visual fields – without anonymity.

Mia Mäkelä

Yhteistyössä :
Huqsvarna/ Irene Hageström ja Kaartin Neule-ja ompelukone.







Green Matters
Handbook for Algae Gatherers

The title Green Matters refers to filamentous green algae which is growing excessively in the Baltic Sea. Green Matters approaches eutrophication from a new perspective.

Considering the enormous importance green algae had in the evolution of flora and fauna, its importance as an essential source of oxygen, and prospects of being it for energy and food, it truly deserves our respect. Added to fascination for its beauty, when observed in its underwater environment.

Mia Mäkelä studied green algae and their possible use applying traditional rug-making techniques. Her project aims to help the eutrophicated Baltic Sea by foraging algae and putting them to good use. The video manual shows how to work algae step by step.

The video forms part of an exhibition of the algae rugs and experiments, algae herbarium, specimen, photos, located in a green house at the botanical garden of Turku.

The project was commissioned by Curated Expeditions to the Baltic Sea by Capsula and forms part of TURKU2011-Cultural Capital of Europe event.