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UrbanApa x Ateneum 2021

UrbanApa takes over Ateneum with surprising, interdisciplinary, and playful works.

28.10.–30.10.2021

What is UrbanApa x Ateneum?

In 2021 UrbanApa x Ateneum will be held on October 28–30 at Ateneum’s art museum. The event brings urban contemporary art to a museum context, and for three days, a group of diverse artists – all professionals in performance art, music, and visual arts – will take over Ateneum and create surprising, interdisciplinary and playful works. The 2021 program has been curated by Emmi Venna and Sonya Lindfors.

The thematic landscape of this year’s festival is tides and currents. In October, we set out to look at the world around us, the possibilities of art to enable change. How are tides and currents, transformation and metamorphosis, subversion and shaking present right now? How does the world move us and how do we move the world? Can change be playful, pleasurable, feminist and communal? Or utopian?

Ateneum's accessibility

Ateneum’s exhibition halls and the Ateneum Hall are fully accessible with wheelchair. The accessible toilet can be found downstairs near the cloakroom. A gender-neutral toilet can be found in the Ateneum Hall lounge. An induction loop system is installed in Ateneum Hall. Read more about Ateneum’s accessibility on their website.

Covid-19

UrbanApa x Ateneum takes place in its physical form as usual, and with restrictions lifted, we are able to gather with full audiences. However, we ask everyone to practice good hand hygiene and to wear a mask if possible. We also ask that you refrain from coming if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness – let’s continue keeping each other safe!

Tickets

Much of the program is free of charge, but the workshops have a fee of €5. Tickets can be bought from Ateneum’s shop.

The performances and sessions that take place in Ateneum Hall are free of charge, but on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to come in time!

Age recommendation

The festival’s program is not recommended for those under 14 years of age unless stated otherwise.

Ethical guidelines

The festival’s ethical guidelines can be found on our website.

Press images

Press photos can be found on our Drive.

The name of the performer or performance and the name of the photographer or graphic designer must be mentioned when any of the images are used.

Schedule

Wednesday 27.10.

  • Time
  • Performer(s)
  • Title
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language

Thursday 28.10.

  • Time
  • Performer(s)
  • Title
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • 17:30—18:00
  • Isabella Shaw
  • Deep Waters
  • Main staircase
  • 30min
  • English
  • 18:15—18:45
  • Tuuli Vahtola & Vanessa Virta
  • On all sides
  • Meet-up at the ticket sales
  • 30min
  • English
  • 19:00—19:30
  • Kaila, Loimaala & Stenberg
  • GARNNN
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 30min
  • Finnish, Swedish, German, English
  • 19:40—20:00
  • Victoria Lindqvist & Julia Silverio
  • I wish to remember
  • Ateneum Bistro
  • 20min
  • English, some Finnish, Swedish, and Spanish

Friday 29.10.

  • Time
  • Performer(s)
  • Title
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • 16:30—16:45
  • Pinja Eskelinen
  • Maria
  • Meet-up at the ticket sales
  • 15min
  • Non-verbal

Saturday 30.10.

  • Time
  • Performer(s)
  • Title
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • 12:00—12:15
  • Onerva Hannula
  • Ofelia
  • Ihmiset-sali
  • 15min
  • Finnish
  • 14:15—14:20
  • Anna Nykyri
  • In-Between
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 5min
  • English
  • 16:00—16:30
  • Black Speaks Back
  • EUphoria
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 30min
  • English & English subtitles

Programme

Installation

Cats and Glaciers

Eilien

Eilien’s ambient dreamscape accompanies visitors in Ateneum Hall’s lounge. It features dreamlike sounds with a Cat and the Strupbreen Glacier.

Eilien makes genre-breaking ambient music with a text-based coding platform SuperCollider. Emotional audio synthesis, SuperCollider pop music and digital daydreaming, that’s how you could describe it. Their debut album Digital Lovers was released May 2021, in collaboration with Eero Pulkkinen and released by Genot Centre. DJ Mag described it as a “10-track trip through glowing ambience, mesmerising dream pop, musique concrète and deconstructed trance.”

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Thursday 28.10 12:00—20:00
  • Ateneum Hall's lounge
  • 8h 0min
  • Non-verbal
  • Friday 29.10 12:00—18:00
  • Ateneum Hall's lounge
  • 6h 0min
  • Non-verbal
  • Saturday 30.10 11:00—17:00
  • Ateneum Hall's lounge
  • 6h 0min
  • Non-verbal
Black and white photo, a person lying on cobblestones among fallen leaves, another person walking by.
Installation

Body/Space/Resonance – A Performance Score Playbook

Anna Olkinuora

Body/Space/Resonance is a series of scores that invites the listener to re-imagine ways of experiencing the public space, based on Anna Olkinuora’s ongoing artistic research into personal experiences of public spaces. Using the simple act of walking as an act of ritual and performance, the ‘playbook’ introduces simple tasks that explore the built environments of Helsinki through movement. For the score book, Anna walked two hours uninterrupted every day for four weeks to reconnect with her physical body in an attempt to articulate her experiential space. What does the body feel like coming out of a time of social distancing, deprived of touch? How will the body experience change during walks? How does the body relate to its surroundings and other bodies in it? Will the surrounding architecture make the body feel welcome? Will the city take care of it? Or is it necessary to constantly negotiate one’s own agency? How does this personal experience reflect the collective imagination?

As a response to the walking, Anna devised simple tasks in order to introduce her work and to invite the festival guests to try her method. Download the recording through the QR codes found inside Ateneum, put on your headphones, and go for a walk. Each walk takes about 15–30 minutes.

Anna Olkinuora is a performance artist and theatre maker with a heavy emphasis on movement and interdisciplinary practices. Embodied knowledge, investigating the spatial relationship of bodies, and body as a site of an autobiographical performance are strong themes in Anna’s work, and she values inclusivity and non-hierarchical workspaces.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Thursday 28.10 12:00—20:00
  • Ateneum
  • 8h 0min
  • English
  • Friday 29.10 12:00—18:00
  • Ateneum
  • 6h 0min
  • English
  • Saturday 30.10 11:00—17:00
  • Ateneum
  • 6h 0min
  • English
Discussion

UA TALKS x Tides and Currents

The UA TALKS platform joins forces with the festival and its themes in a series of light discussions about topical tides and currents. The duration for each discussion is about 40 minutes.

Wednesday 27.10. Tides and Currents
Festival curators Sonya Lindfors and Emmi Venna discuss the year’s themes, community, hope, and the softness paradox.

Thursday 28.19. Art during the ecological crisis
Pinja Pieski and Jessica Piasecki discuss art, the ecological crisis, and Elokapina, the Finnish version of the Extinction Rebellion.

Friday 29.10. Critique and change
The third and final discussion with Sophia Wekesa and Suvi Tuominen focuses on critique, criticism, and change.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Wednesday 27.10 12:00—12:40
  • Instagram
  • 40min
  • Finnish
A sitting person’s bare back is surrounded by plastic bags filled with air. A blue sky, a green lawn, and a forest can be seen in the background.
Performance

b o d y s c a p e s

Favela Vera Ortiz & Titta Court

This moving installation is composed of one body and the associations it produces. The body is in a state of metamorphosis and it suggests different things: it is an insect, an unknown creature, it is each of us because we all have a body, it is familiar, strange, a living question mark.

The work deliberates over various word pairs: organic and inorganic, nature and our relationship with nature; human and creature, being, animal; inhuman body and object.

Audience members have five sound options, which can be listened to in any order:

  1. SPACE –1 Silence
  2. SPACE 0 Real sounds (listen to the actual space)
  3. SPACE 1
  4. SPACE 2
  5. SPACE 3

You’ll find the last three from SoundCloud.

Concept: Favela Vera Ortiz & Titta Court
Performer: Titta Court
Costuming: Favela Vera Ortiz
Sound composed for the performance by: José A. Luque-Osuna
Sounds: Space 1, Space 2, Space 3

Favela Vera Ortiz is a Finnish-Argentinian choreographer whose works include both stage works and site-specific works. She has also created video works and installations in collaboration with visual artists.

Titta Court has worked as a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, producer, and mentor since 1991. Places, situations, audiences, collaboration, and improvisation are key to her work.

José A. Luque-Osuna is a South Spanish composer, musician, and music therapist. He combines his artistic career with music teaching as a public worker in a conservatory as well as working with special needs people.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Thursday 28.10 16:00—18:00
  • Ateneum courtyard
  • 2h 0min
  • Non-verbal
Isabella Shaw standing on a stone area near the shore.
Performance

Deep Waters

Isabella Shaw

Water as life; water holding death. I have always been drawn to seas, oceans, deep lakes, water springs, by deep forces; I have also always felt in my body the trauma of those forced ancestral passages, a wordless dark bubble not to be examined or touched, or spoken. Change requires remembering, untethering, holding.

Through water we can see ourselves; and the reflection of what has been before. Through water we are stretched, translucent eddies of embodied motion and of experience, fragmented in shadow; light underplayed; the coils of which stretch from generation to generation. From generation to generation blood stirred and renewed.

A meditative performance of music and poetry for voice and romanesque harp on deep waters: seas, oceans, lakes and subterranean currents, sources for transformation, sanctuary, and remembrance.

Listeners are invited to participate through movement.

Content warnings: themes of racial violence/trauma

Isabella Shaw is a Finland-based mezzo-soprano and poet. Born in the USA, she studied literature and languages in the UK before pursuing early music in Europe, completing her master’s in opera performance at Sibelius Academy. Her focus in chamber music is on musical performances that connect ancient and current worlds.

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Thursday 28.10 17:30—18:00
  • Main staircase
  • 30min
  • English
A person in the middle of dancing.
Performance

On all sides

Tuuli Vahtola & Vanessa Virta

On all sides focuses on a body whose interpretations of both the surrounding as well as the inner space unwind in movement. The work is interested in the ways in which the sensing body might approach a space, a structure, a shape, or an agent.

The piece has tried to be many; it has had several titles and different working plans, and it doesn’t seem to find a stable identity or shape. But perhaps – does it really have to find anything? Can it manifest as a lost, in-progress being? From the beginning the work has been centering on the immediate, imagined, and shared space. Its movement constantly refers to the surrounding and internal. Its sensing is in flux and its words strive for porous meaning.

On all sides is an updated version of Vahtola and Virta’s joint work from 2019.

Performer: Vanessa Virta

Tuuli Vahtola is a dancer and performer living in Helsinki. In her work she is intrigued by intimacy and touch, imagining and visualisation as well as the corporeality of language; how words materialise in the body and create circumstances for sensory experience.

Vanessa Virta is a dancer, choreographer and rap-artist based between Helsinki and Stockholm. Her works deal with questioning the power structures of her immediate surroundings and the society at large through the dancing body, writing and spoken word. She is interested in the anarchist expression and collective processes.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Thursday 28.10 18:15—18:45
  • Meet-up at the ticket sales
  • 30min
  • English
A red ball of yarn falling apart, held by a pair of hands.
Performance

GARNNN

Kaila, Loimaala & Stenberg

GARNNN is a fleshy, pulsating, and thready work-in-progress dance piece that wanders gallery spaces and is composed of thread and the performers’ bodies. The work turns the Greek myth of the Moirai into a modern piece with the myth’s core – thread itself – at its centre. In the myth, the three incarnations of destiny spin life-thread, measure it, and then cut it. The thread is fragile, resilient, straight, messy, certain, and suddenly snapping.

The piece churns out flesh poetry, spins a web of associations from matter existing in the space: thread and the performer’s bodies. Translation functions as an artistic method along with choreography and performance. How does embodied existence affect the formation of language? Is the outcome of this fleshy process another kind of language realised by this piece and its compiling, collective, and feminist force?

Performers: Anni Kaila, Karoliina Loimaala, Anna Stenberg
Light designer: Sofia Palillo
Light designer: Atte Kantonen
Costume designer: Ellada Damianou
Choreographic direction: Karoliina Loimaala

Anni Kaila, Karoliina Loimaala, and Anna Stenberg work together in the intersections of dance and text. They have dived into a practice called flesh poetry; they examine the different ways in which it might emerge, and co-write flesh poems as part of the working process. Shared processes include various forms of writing, both collectively and in solitude, by which they examine ways of uniting dance and writing. GARNNN is their second shared project.

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Thursday 28.10 19:00—19:30
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 30min
  • Finnish, Swedish, German, English
Black and white photo, a person lying on cobblestones among fallen leaves, another person walking by.
Workshop

Workshop: Body/Space/Resonance – A Performance Score Playbook

Anna Olkinuora

Body/Space/Resonance is a series of scores that invites participants to re-imagine ways of experiencing the public space, based on Anna Olkinuora’s ongoing artistic research into personal experiences of public spaces. Using the simple act of walking as an act of ritual and performance, the workshop introduces simple tasks that explore the built environments of Helsinki through movement. What does the body feel like coming out of a time of social distancing, deprived of touch? How will the body experience change during walks? How does the body relate to its surroundings and other bodies in it? Will the surrounding architecture make the body feel welcome? Will the city take care of it? Or is it necessary to constantly negotiate one’s own agency?

Friday’s workshop introduces this practice in a 45 minute session. All work takes place outside in public places, so please dress accordingly. If the weather is bad, the workshop will be moved indoors.

Anna Olkinuora is a performance artist and theatre maker with a heavy emphasis on movement and interdisciplinary practices. Embodied knowledge, investigating the spatial relationship of bodies, and body as a site of an autobiographical performance are strong themes in Anna’s work, and she values inclusivity and non-hierarchical workspaces.

Tickets
€5
Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Friday 29.10 09:00—09:45
  • Meet-up in front of the museum
  • 45min
  • English
Photograph from an exhibition place where the project Frigid Zone Rain Forest was first shown.
Performance

Frigid Zone Rain Forest

Rong-Ci Zhang

Frigid Zone Rain Forest is a term for describing the experience of moving from a tropical area to a frigid zone area. It is a series of works that discusses how geopolitical facts affect the way of life and living, and how water works in different geopolitical contexts.

The project started with the observation of water. Coming from a huge island, water could mean both protection and segregation, or it could be the way out to somewhere else. When Rong-Ci first arrived in Helsinki, she started to rethink how the water here was different than in Taiwan. When she looked at the tides at the seashore in Taiwan, what she saw was the good life pictured in Western culture, a world with freedom and resources. She dreamed about being there. But finally, when her physical being is here for real, she rethinks the matter of freedom. Does she really have more freedom here? She’s not sure anymore.

Rong-Ci Zhang is a video and installation artist based in Taipei and Helsinki. Most of her works dives into the matter of geopolitics and relationships, often relying on materiality and linear narration to tell stories. Rong’s work creates a space between fiction and reality. In her works, she reflects on the very personal experience of the outside world, and through it she has found a generality which is both public and personal, real and fictional.

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
Portrait of a person wearing drag make-up, wig cap and red dress.
Screening

Queen of Lapland

Eva-Liisa Orupõld

Queen of Lapland is a short documentary film about having fun, being an ethereal beauty queen, and a shameless cunt, twisting the norms upside down and twirling to the world while doing it. Most of all, it is a story about freedom of expression and how fundamental that is for every one of us. It comes with a pocket-sized package full of king-size blooming inspiration content.

Content warnings: religious abuse

Performers: Eva-Liisa Orupõld, Queen of Lapland
Stills: Melissa Linsa
Music: I Wish – Avion
Subtitles: Marjo Kaszonyi

Eva-Liisa Orupôld is a visual artist born in the Soviet Union who dreams about making long hair and big bows radical.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Friday 29.10 13:30—13:40
  • Instagram
  • 10min
  • Finnish with English subtitles
Two people sitting facing each other on a wooden platform. Their faces are not visible. The arc of Oodi library is in the background.
Reception

Basement Session UrbanApa with Convivial Complaint Cell

Convivial Complaint Cell

Convivial Complaint Cell (CCC) is born out of the ambition to deal with difficult matters and make them the subject of wider conversations. With their own personal, applied and formal training as tools, CCC would like to share their findings around the questions that lead to healthier communities.

  • Who do you complain to in your working group/institution/collective?
  • How do you give room to complaint?
  • How do you listen and read complaints?
  • Who are the people that are able to complain in your working group/institution/collective?
  • Who are the people that may never complain?

 

CCC prompts complaint making as a positive action plan committed to investing in personal and communal transformation. Vishnu Vardhani Rajan and Arlene Tucker welcome you to poethics of complaint making. They find value in complaining and an act of unveiling the issues that are obfuscated by hegemonic structures. CCC nurtures empathetic, intentional, and community-driven aspirations. The grain of CCC is Sara Ahmed’s research work on complaint making as diversity work.

There are times when it’s not only OK but necessary to complain.

 

How to participate?

On Friday, CCC presents their work in a group setting where discussion is encouraged. On Saturday, four individual meetings are available, two of which can be booked prior to the festival and two of which can be booked during Friday’s discussion. The meetings take place in one of the following ways:

1. Walk and talk outside.
2. In Ateneum at the CCC installation.
3. Online via Zoom.

For pre-booking a place for Saturday’s meeting, please contact ccc@pixelache.ac.

Content warnings: institutional critique

Performers: Arlene Tucker, Vishnu Vardhani Rajan
Structure built by: Miquel Barosovo

Vishnu Vardhani Rajan, born and raised in Hyderabad, India, is a Body-Philosopher and Performance Artist based in Helsinki. A hyphenated identity, multidisciplinary practices, building connections between art, science, witchcraft, history, and cultures define them. Vishnu explores shame through dance, acting, and stand-up comedy. Oscillating between cultures, methodologies, and sexual identities, each different from the other, are instrumental in their visual language. Vishnu’s everyday practice is rooted in an ongoing investigation of sensory experience.

Arlene Tucker’s (TW, US, FI) socially engaged work utilises Translation Studies, Semiotics, and Feminist Practices. “As an artist, educator, and diversity agent, I realise my art through installation and dialogical practices. Always a co-creation with the public, my work allows us to share perspectives about identity and belonging through different mediums and approaches such as memories, hair, and letter writing. My work (i.e. Story Data, Free Translation, Knots) brings people together worldwide through a process-based artistic practice and makes all voices heard.”

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Friday 29.10 16:00—17:00
  • Ateneum courtyard
  • 60min
  • English
  • Saturday 30.10 11:00—13:00
  • Ateneum courtyard
  • 2h 0min
  • English
A woman in the shadows, where light is only reflected on her face. She has her eyes closed and face turned to the left, holding her hand next to her face.
Performance

Maria

Pinja Eskelinen

Maria is a work-in-progress solo performance, which explores how the innate world of our mind can be seen from the outside through movement. The work converses on how a vast spectrum of feelings and their fluctuation is part of us all, and in the end, how relatable a waving mind and changing feelings can be even though we know nothing about the person or the background of the expressed emotions, only what we see in the moment. Can we see something other than what we expect to see? And can we see past our prejudices?

Song: Tosca: e Lucevan Le Stelle by Giacomo Puccini as performed by Enrico Caruso

Pinja Eskelinen is a dance artist from Helsinki who is interested in letting go of her own internalised paradigms of what it is to be a dancer and what kind of art is actual art. Eskelinen wants to move on from the pressure of being of a certain kind, and to learn to share a part of herself as she is even though it would be a bit incomplete.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Friday 29.10 16:30—16:45
  • Meet-up at the ticket sales
  • 15min
  • Non-verbal
A group of people voguing surrounded by an audience.
Workshop

Workshop: Introduction to Old Way w/ Princess Coco Ninja x Voguing Workshops

Roza Coco Ninja

Voguing is a dance that arose in the 1970s in Harlem, New York. It was created by the young Black and Latinx LGBTIQ+ community. The founders of voguing in Harlem started what is called Ballroom Culture. Ballroom culture forms around Houses, family-like groups that compete against each other at the Balls. Ballroom forms a safe space where freedom of gender identity and sexuality is allowed and celebrated. The Balls consist of various categories such as performance (voguing), runway, realness, and so on.

In this workshop, we’ll learn the very basics of Old Way aka Pop, Dip & Spin. We’ll get to know the elements of Old Way and practice them in different variations. Come and learn Old Way and/or get more practice for the movements you already know. Don’t be afraid to join, let’s have fun!

Roza Coco Ninja is a dancer, photographer, DJ and a member of the Iconic House of Ninja. Her main categories are Old Way and Face with performance. Roza is also an upcoming photographer in the Ballroom community and she has recently documented the European Voguing scene.

Tickets
€5
Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Friday 29.10 17:00—18:30
  • Ateneum Bistro
  • 1h 30min
  • English
Ofelia by the river.
Performance

Ofelia

Onerva Hannula

Ofelia is a one-person solo work on gender, power, and cultural narratives, and it is based on the world-renowned and tragic female victim Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ophelia – a mythical character in her own right – becomes the canvas for this piece, which combines rap, spoken word, and the performing arts from a feminist perspective.

The work aims to give Ophelia back her own independent voice by placing her at the centre of events. It reflects on the canon of art and its cultural imageries where female figures are constantly met with senseless violence. Ofelia asks who Ophelia actually is and how she would tell her own story.

Content warning: revealing clothing, sexual gestures, references to gendered violence

Performers: Onerva Hannula
Sound designer: Aleksi Taipale

Onerva Hannula is a Finnish playwright, director, and dramatist. She graduated from the dramaturgy and playwriting programme at Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy in the summer of 2021. Her most well-known works include OVER HER DEAD BODY (2021) and Leipäkorin muotoinen tyttö (2018). Hannula creates rap music with the stage name OFELIA.

Aleksi Taipale is a Finnish musician and sound designer. He creates experimental pop music with the stage name Taui and with a band called Teini-ikä. His work also includes sound installations for the New Children’s Hospital.

Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Saturday 30.10 12:00—12:15
  • Ihmiset-sali
  • 15min
  • Finnish
Pink bubbles on a hand.
Performance

Still pouring from the soft spot

Laine & Nivalainen

​​Still pouring from the soft spot is a performance-installation that gives space to sensitivity as multi-sensorial and visceral. Sensitivity is fluid; the body is a membrane from which and into which emotion and sensation are dripping.

The performance is inspired by the feeling of bursting emotion and the bodies presented in sci-fi literature (futuristic, speculative, strange yet identifiable and something we can empathize with). It looks at the stigma of sensitivity; awkward, gendered overreacting, even self pity. It materializes emotional labour as not measurable, but experiential work.

Still pouring from the soft spot is proposing a world where emotional labour is there for everyone to see and witness. On the other hand, it explores the weight that is carried and felt by the sensitive and emotional bodies in present times. The performer explores a porous and emotional body, from which and into which the sensations can drip. They use thick liquid to create flows, movements, currents and traces with an agency of their own.

Performer: Sonjis Laine
Installation and visuals: Veera Nivalainen
Sound designer: Olli Lautiola

Sonjis Laine is a Helsinki-based artist and an anthropologist who works with the themes of care, empathy, and nostalgia, both in her artistic work and in her approach to the field. Veera Nivalainen is a photography-based visual artist currently living in Helsinki. Her current research explores possibilities of sensory experiences, emotionality, and queerness, aiming to place empathy and radical softness in the focus of her practice.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Saturday 30.10 13:00—13:30
  • Cubus
  • 30min
  • English
Mountains with blue sky on top half. Lower half is image of woman with curly black hair on moss.
Performance

The Return of Râmîêl

Kihwa-Endale

Râmîêl was one of many to fall, punished to live the life of an angel
circling the earth unable to return Home.

but there is only so long you can walk a path that is not your own
only so long you can walk, if you are meant to be in flight

Râmîêl’s name means ‘thunder of God’,
and there is no sweeter sound than a deep rumble in the sky
when there is drought

Today he carries out his purpose as the Archangel of hope and forgiveness,
circling the earth, and guiding souls that have lost their way back to their Light

Kihwa-Endale’s spoken word moves with this tale. Through it she chooses hope.

Performer: Alexandra Mitiku
Sound designer: Sophia Mitiku
Costume designer: Angel

Content warnings: racism and potentially sexual violence

Kihwa-Endale is an artist based in Helsinki who paints, draws, writes, and performs spoken word. Her art is rooted in her ancestry, spirituality, social issues, myths, hermetism, and most importantly, it is rooted in Love.

Tickets
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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Saturday 30.10 15:00—15:20
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 20min
  • English
Reading session

Fishing in a Flat Scene – Reading Sessions with NO NIIN

Minjee Hwang Kim, Pietari Kylmälä & Eero Yli-Vakkuri

Fishing in a Flat Scene – Reading Sessions with NO NIIN is a reading and listening session in which we get to collectively experience two texts written for NO NIIN, an independent online monthly magazine at the cusp of art, criticality, and love.

What do I call you? by Minjee Hwang Kim

When we label someone by nationality, race, gender, religion, i.e.,– are we sure we are making clear of that individual? Or are we deciding how to see that person before actually seeing that person?

Our efforts to show solidarity for Palestine are tested at Kiasma by Pietari Kylmälä & Eero Yli-Vakkuri

With this text, Eero and Pietari hope to renew a sincere belief that united art workers can do good by calling for candid public discussion on difficult matters. They wish to make clear some of the political affiliations held by the Kiasma Support Foundation, especially in relation to the colonial politics by the State of Israel and hope that this text will open a dialogue with workers of the National Gallery, who despite prevailing uncertainty, remain motivated to better their organization.

Minjee Hwang Kim is a South Korean, Helsinki-based visual artist. In her works she explores time, space, and belonging through the theme of a journey. Kim’s works have been shown in multiple solo and group shows in Helsinki, Seoul, New York, and online platforms.

Pietari Kylmälä keeps a garden. He works at Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE as a journalist, specialising in literary reviews. Their upcoming podcast series Lukupiiri Tulusto & Kylmälä will discuss new books.

Eero Yli-Vakkuri is a recovering survivalist. In the past he made annoying street interventions which made people uncomfortable. Presently he is advancing sustainable design through campaigns and artistic presentations.

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Saturday 30.10 14:20—14:40
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 20min
  • English
  • Saturday 30.10 15:30—15:50
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 20min
  • English
Central Park in Manhattan, New York. A sign on the lawn says: “Keep this far apart.” Skyscrapers in the background.
Screening

In-Between

Anna Nykyri

In-Between is a short film by the visual artist, choreographer, and film director Anna Nykyri, in which she collaborated with the photographers Aukusti Heinonen, Juan Pablo de la Vega and Griselda San Martin in different cities around the world – Helsinki, Mexico City, and New York, respectively – to capture its cityscapes during the pandemic and their relationship with the transient bodies that avoid contact with each other.

The documentary film, curated by Andrea Valencia, is conceived as a montage that compiles photography and moving image to grasp the results of social distancing in the three cities, which are connected by the shared experience of the pandemic. By capturing details and fragments of the spaces and the moving bodies, In-Between suggests that, while movement and touch are being restricted, we are living an emotional collective experience.

Director & Screenwriter: Anna Nykyri
Photography & videos by: Griselda San Martin, Juan Pablo de la Vega, Aukusti Heinonen
Editing: Jaakko Peltokangas
Sound design: Olli Huhtanen
Curated by: Andrea Valencia

Anna Nykyri is a visual artist, documentary film director, and screenwriter who lives and works in Helsinki. Her works often explore political and corporeal themes, covering questions of gender, power, and control. Andrea Valencia is an art historian and independent curator who lives and works in Mexico City. Griselda San Martin is a Spanish documentary photographer currently based in New York City. Aukusti Heinonen is a photographer and a visual artist residing and working in Helsinki. Juan Pablo de la Vega is an artist, mathematician, and photographer based in Mexico City. Olli Huhtanen is a recognized Finnish film sound designer. Jaakko Peltokangas is an editor whose focus lies in short films and documentary-based television series.

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Saturday 30.10 14:15—14:20
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 5min
  • English
Victoria sitting on a turquoise floor looking into the camera, Julia in profile with a hand on her head.
Performance

I wish to remember

Victoria Lindqvist & Julia Silverio

Presence, freedom, and the flow of life exist now, in this moment. When you’re present, you’re already there. Presence pursues nothing and existence in itself is not painful or against anything. Instead, it is free and sacred. We can all step into this space when we allow the flow to take place.

The structures of our time often stand in the way of the flow. Individualism, materialism, a gendered and hierarchical societal order all affect our chances of grasping the flow that already exists. Could we free the emotions – even painful ones – of collected experiences by being present with music and movement?

What might happen if, for a moment, we remove our identities? If we let go of learned attributes, titles, and skills? I am bare, ready to see what’s left. What if this essence of being is the key to the change we need in the world?

Each witnessed moment of presence could be the key to change, a reminder. We hope that the space we create is an invitation to connection. When we move on, separate once again, perhaps we might be a bit more connected to the flow that exists.

Victoria Lindqvist is a sparkling voice artist, songwriter, and musician with a passion to meet their audience with an authentic presence and an open heart. Victoria’s music is a blend of creative pop and strong Nordic roots. Joy, intuition, and flowing improvisation go hand in hand with their music.

Julia Silverio is a human rights activist, a passionate wanderer, and a person for whom embodiment is the revolution that is now needed. Julia has danced and studied movement for over a decade, and nowadays she is passionate about freeing the spirit with authentic being in the moment.

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Thursday 28.10 19:40—20:00
  • Ateneum Bistro
  • 20min
  • English, some Finnish, Swedish, and Spanish
DJ Cute Cumber perching on a white garden chair.
DJ

DJ Cute Cumber

Cute Cumber

Cute Cumber is a DJ alias and auditive outlet for Helsinki-based designer and artist Kiia Beilinson. Her sets often feature contemporary electronic music with a hint of nostalgia. She has a soft spot for percussive beats, heavy basslines, ethereal melodies, and poetic vocals. In her genre-fluid selections, she aims to move and be moved, favouring BIPOC, femme, and non-binary artists.

You might have heard her play on the radio at various events, clubs, festivals, and underground parties around Helsinki. She is a co-founder of MYÖS, a Helsinki-based collective promoting safer spaces and equality within the club scene.

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Saturday 30.10 14:00—17:00
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 3h 0min
Movie poster for EUphoria, drawn.
Screening

EUphoria

Black Speaks Back

A mysterious force field appears around the African continent, cutting Europe off from the natural resources and cheap labor it needs to remain prosperous. Meanwhile, the ongoing process of extreme climate change plunges Europe into a new ice age. This Afrofuturist musical follows five individual stories of African descendants as they struggle to survive in a bleak future Europe. They sing to Africa, sing to each other, and sing to themselves in ways that create solidarity and community in an alienating society.

Directed by: Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
Written by: Nohely Koeyers & Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
Music directing by: Wanlov the Kubolor
Produced by: Emma-Lee Amponsah & Christopher Daley

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Performances
  • Date & time
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Language
  • Saturday 30.10 16:00—16:30
  • Ateneum Hall
  • 30min
  • English & English subtitles