Hélène Baril was born in the French Alps, but grew up by the sea, the same part of Brittany frequented by the great filmmaker/biologist Jean Painlevé, who among other things, practiced filming under the sea. After getting an MA in literature, Hélène quit her job teaching French to study art. Moving to Finland, she began a career painting houses, purposely confusing the work of fine arts and decoration. Recently, she’s been developing a “tale” involving racecars. In 2011, she created Orlandus Gallery, inspired by a fictional Finnish painter and racing car driver from the early 1800s. The artist also served as inspiration for SBK, an experimental collaborative Hélène founded in 2012, which uses a car for meetings, projects, and as a working tool. Constructing its name and logo after Shell Oil, SBK is “an allegorical and poetic initiative,” whose sphere of operation touches literature, geography, economy, environmentalism, and popular psychology. In 2013 she started a collaboration with anthropologist Michael Taussig in what they call their Sea Theater. Hélène’s work is a fairy tale aimed at confusing real and fictional worlds, or simply encountering the one into the other.

www.sbkland.com (racing car tale)


the beasts are back (Environmental Art Hebrides and SBK)

Here you will find a link to Laura Donker's work at Outlandia residency that SBK has been documenting. Laura is also working on behalf of Environmental Art Hebrides which she created (http://www.earthebrides.co.uk/index.htm). Wilderness and its comprehension through art and science is our common research matter. Our first fruitful collaboration outcome has been Laura's four-legs walk and SBK's ability to sheep-talking. "The beasts are back" is a special anthem that shall not suggest any idea of anthropomorphism. Beasts are beasts ; humans are humans. Culture. 

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