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Juhani Räisänen asuu Helsingissä, jossa hän on myös syntynyt ja kasvanut. Välissä hän asui pitkään Espoossa ja muutaman vuoden myös Torniossa.

Räisänen aloitti taiteilijanuransa näyttelijänä ja muusikkona, mutta suoritti sen jälkeen taiteiden tutkimuksen maisteriohjelman Helsingin yliopistossa. Opinnot johdattivat hänet pian kohti mediataidetta, minkä aihepiirin näkyvin tulos on tohtorintutkintoa varten kehitetty mediataiteen soitin, Sormina. Räisänen on pitänyt performansseja soittimen kanssa, mutta se on synnyttänyt paljon myös video- ja äänitaidetta vuosien aikana.

Sormina koostuu kädessä pidettävästä koskettimistosta joka on langattomassa yhteydessä tietokoneeseen. Varsinaisena äänilähteenä toimii Räisäsen tekemä ohjelmointi.

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Juhani Räisänen lives in Helsinki, where he has been born and raised. Also Espoo and Tornio are familiar cities.

Räisänen started his artistic career as an actor and musician. After graduating as Master of Arts in 1997, he continued with media art, which was also the subject of his Doctor of Arts studies in Aalto University. The most important artistic project in this field was Sormina,  new musical instrument for electronic music. Räisänen has performed with the instrument in numerous venues in Finland and abroad, but the instrument has also helped creating much video and sound art during the years. Sormina consists of a hand held keyboard that has a wireless connection to the computer, which creates sounds according to the finger movements of the musician.

 

EDUCATION

2011 Doctor of Arts, Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, Department of Media. Subject of the dissertation: ”Sormina, a new musical instrument”.
1995 Master of Arts, University of Helsinki

ARTIST ACTIVITY

2017 September Winner of a poetry competition, Nuori Voima magazine
I was one of three winners in a poetry competition Debytoi Runoilijana
2017 June Dance performance Tanhu, Rautatientori
I was dancing in a choreography of Janina Rajakangas.
2016 April Dance performance with Oliver Whitehead, Helsinki, Mamuska
I was dancing in our own choregraphy ”Miehet otetaan ensin”
2015 August Sormina in Art Fair Suomi Festival, Helsinki
Performance with Sormina in Cable Factory, Helsinki.
2015 June Sormina in Art Athina, Athens
Sound Art demos in the booth of MUU Gallery with Sormina
2015 May Sormina in Esitystaiteen Markkinat, Helsinki, Cable Factory
Performance with sound art and live video
2015 February Art exhibition in MUU Gallery, Helsinki
Video works and interactive work.
2014 October Art exhibition in Bar 9, Helsinki
Paintings
2014 August Art exhibition in Mbar, Helsinki
Paintings
2014 August Art exhibition in the Kauniainen City Library
Video work, mixed media and pencil drawings
2011 October Art exhibition in the MUU Gallery, Helsinki
Video works.
2011 Spring Artist talk series, Gallery Espoonsilta, Espoo
I curated a series of discussions between artists in a gallery environment. I invited     totally 20 artists from different genres to discuss with me about the significance of art. The discussions were sent live in the internet.
2010 Media art performances in Hamburg, Germany
I acted in an art event organized by the Finnish Artist’s Association MUU as their guest artist with my Sormina project
12. 2007 Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles.
I had a musical performance with the Sormina instrument in an art gallery in Los Angeles.
6.12. 2007 Red’s cafe, Santa Barbara, California.
Sormina performance in the Experimental Musical Night of Red’s Cafe in Santa Barbara.
23.11.2007 Balder Hall, Helsinki
Concert of my musical composition for choir and Sormina.
13.9.2007 Kiasma Theater, Teatteri.nyt festival
Perfomance of my work Cringle in the context of performing arts, Teatteri.nyt- festival
3.9.2007 Opening ceremony of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture Helsinki
I played my work Cringle with interactive music in the festivities.
30.3. 2007 Prix Möbius Nordica, Kiasma Theater
Sormina was given a Price of Best Innovation in the Prix Möbius Nordica -media art competition in Kiasma theater.
10.2. 2007 Art Contact, Forum Box, Helsinki.
Sormina performance in the Art Contact night in Forum Box, Helsinki.

GRANTS

2008 Wihurin rahasto, for doctoral dissertation,
2007 Wihurin rahasto, for doctoral dissertation,
2006 Wihurin rahasto, for doctoral dissertation,
2007 Aalto university, for the trip to Los Angelesin,
2007 Runar Bäckstöm Foundation, For the development of an innovation, (Keksintösäätiö),