During the summer 2004, as part of the Folklore Festival Jutajaiset, an environmental and community art event is organized in Rovaniemi, Finland. The colourful history of Rovaniemi city will be the basis of this site specific and process oriented happening. The works will be presented to the public and the opening will take place on the 30th of June 2004.
The purpose is to find new ways to confront the city, and see how the natural and urban environments meet. As a result, art will be produced to town residents without boundaries, which will encourage the citizens to feel safer and more satisfied with their surroundings. Even the image of the city might change in the process.
The art works of PANG will be prepared and/or constructed together with a selected group of artists and different associations and groups from Rovaniemi. The works will be produced by traditional methods, new media and by means of community art such as performances, art activism, sound and light all over the city. Some works of art are momentary for the time of Jutajaiset-festival only.
In a sense, the second hand store is a museum - a historical repository of a different kind. It contains objects and memories that have been disposed of, but nonetheless these objects and memories are a part of the place. The installation takes some of these discarded objects which were once owned by different people, and combines them to form a new collection. In this way, the installations combine objects from Rovaniemi, and as such they tell something about the place. Each of these objects had a history which was considered disposable - a history, in other words, with a price attached. However the installations take these items and create a new history.
Into each installation they will place one or more items of their own, thus contributing part of their own history to the work. Their own contributions might be items they wish to discard, or a photograph produced specifically for the installation.