Joonas Hyvönen: God’s Flat Earth is Drowning

Fri 3.7. Time 8.00 - Wed 29.7.2020 Time 20.00

Central Library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4


Visual artist Joonas Hyvönen challenges viewers to consider alternative futures in a deliberately absurd way. Alienating elements borrowed from the world of computer games offer a safe way to experience climate change and catastrophic floods – first hand.

Joonas Hyvönen’s God´s Flat Earth Is Drowning explores climate change and climate anxiety by linking viewers with a speculative future and propaganda. Employing 3D modelling, the work moves in the interstices of the real and the unreal, of realism and simulation. With a game engine generating the dialogue every viewing experience is unique.

“It’s been raining for days, the earth is flat, all sewers are blocked by waste, and taking a shower, drinking a glass of water, even peeing in the bushes makes the sea levels rise. A small, scattered community comes together in a space resembling the second floor in the Oodi library to try to find a solution and a way to avoid the impending ecological catastrophe,” Hyvönen describes his work.

In his works, Joonas Hyvönen (b. 1990) often examines digital technology in the context of other phenomena by focusing on interaction between user and operating system. Hyvönen graduated with an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. He has participated in exhibitions in Finland and internationally.

The Media Cube Project brings media art to Oodi

Hyvönen’s work is part of the Media Cube Project bringing immersive media art into Oodi Library’s Kuutio space whose walls are made of smart glass.

The Media Cube project is a collaboration between Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Oodi Central Library, Artists’ Association MUU, and University of the Arts Helsinki.

More information

Joonas Hyvönen
+358 50 3808985

Regional artist Annika Dahlsten
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
0295 330 907

Special librarian Sanna Huttunen
Oodi Central Library
+358 40 186 3042

Main organiser: Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Central Library Oodi

Partners: Artists’ Association MUU, and University of the Arts Helsinki.

The human figure floats in the water in life jacket wearing snorkel. It is raining.
Joonas Hyvönen: God's Flat Earth Is Drowning