At Vienna LABseries at Schaukasten I developed and performed a new piece. The concept of the festival was that every artist works during one day and performs in the evening. I worked with square meters, minutes, social norms and social/private spaces. 1 m2 was one score and the duration of one score was one minute. I divided the space into 1m2 squares with rope.
Altogether the duration was 60 minutes and the piece had three different phases.
1. I performed a score in every square
2. I asked the audience to join a game of changing places in the squares
3. I did a movement improvisation with the net dividing the squares.
Photos: Andrea Lehsiak (and one video still by Jasmin Schaitl)
A huge thank you for the organizers for everything and the Finnish Embassy for supporting my visit!
I was invited to perform in Vienna, as part of The Vienna LABseries
- ” an international Performance Art Platform, happening at the Schaukasten – Interessensraum für Zeitgenossenschaft.
In cooperation with Jasmin Schaitl, an artist who lives and works in vienna, we have invited a small group of international Performance Artists to elaborate, research, perform and reflect their work and thereby transforming the white cube into a laboratory. The first series of Vienna LABseries is focused on long-durational performances. “
My LAB day and performance in the evening will be on December 5th. If you happen to be in Vienna, come by!
Find the program and more info here: http://www.schaukasten.dasaugustin.at/sites/labseries.html
Some visual stuff for the blog. Last autumn I got interested in collecting as a method or a tool for an artistic practice. Quickly I noticed that I had a special interest in collecting some particular things or using photography as a way to collect something I found attractive, although I wasn’t really sure why. And I wasn’t even sure if I would ever use the collected items later for material. I had been thinking that the items or photos I collect would eventually end up being some kind of impulse material for a performance. In stead of a performance it suddenly seemed more interesting to use the actual items and photos and make something out of them. Then the idea of recollecting came along, since I had been collecting these things for almost a year and already had formed memories towards them.
I will continue with this consept, Collecting – Recollecting, also with my performative work.
This summer we have been rehearsing with Teatteri Talvi, a Helsinki-based theatre and performance group. Our idea was to work around a dining table, with the thematics of dining, eating, table manners and food and to explore how can a regular table become a stage. In addition to that we wanted to move our dining table outdoors, explore how does being in the public space affect to all this.
“Luonnoksia eräältä illalliselta” (trans. Drafts of a Dinner) was performed on the shore of Töölönlahti, Helsinki in August. This summer’s performance was the first draft of this project and next year we will produce a more finalized performance. So we are continuing with the same themes and ways of working collaboratively, without one specific director or dramatist. Excited to continue with this project!
Working group: Antti Halonen, Eeva Kemppi, Paula Laurila, Jenni Rahunen, Anna-Sofia Sysser, Heini Tuoresmäki and Reeta Tuoresmäki
photos: Mikko Piispa & Reeta Tuoresmäki
And these from our promo shoot:
photos: Reeta Tuoresmäki & Jenni Rahunen
Got these cool greetings from Mon at Berlin!
Directing + consept: Monika Gabriela Dorniak
Filming: Saar Brokman
Performing: Nelly Hakkarainen & Anna-Sofia Sysser
This summer I’ve been working at Alternative Tourist Info in Helsinki. It’s one concept under the Tori Quarters project, a local tourist office on a cargo bike and I’ve been the one running it this summer. Within that I also collected a small exhibition about my work for the Info. The exhibition is in a store called Urbanstory, in their fitting room. Visual artist Inka Wallgren curates the fitting room art space (more info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/urbanstory-fitting-room/358105477600436?fref=ts).
Summer Menu exhibition is a participatory installation, which encourages taking a closer look on the city. August 15th to 28th at Katariinankatu 3, Helsinki.
More info on the exhibition (in Finnish unfortunately): http://www.torikorttelit.fi/kalenteri/2013/08/14/erilaisen-matkailutoimiston-kesamenunayttely-ja-avajaiset/
and on Alternative Tourist Info in English: http://www.torikorttelit.fi/en/post/alternative-tourist-info-this-summer-on-wheels/
Maledetta Primavera is a short film directed by Elina Minn, that views the art scene in Turku from an awkward perspective.
The film is part of the Antagon Festival program in Turku, Finland. Antagon is going on until 31st of August (go there!!). Get the info here: http://lolnoei.tumblr.com/information
The premiere was 20th of August at the Vartiovuori Water Deposit. More photos from the opening by Hertta Kiiski: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97445883@N08/sets/72157635169205500/
First of all: Elina Minn is great. And so is Kimmo Modig. Kimmo is curating a festival in Turku called Antagon (http://lolnoei.tumblr.com/).
Elina wrote and directed a short film Maledetta Primavera, which tells a story of a graduating art student (played by me). The film premieres in Turku on August. It’s shot on VHS, with a great crew, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the final version!
Going through the first scene
Learning some wushu
The cinematographer Sami and director Elina
The crazy amazing wardrobe by Ida Lehtonen
Photos by Ida Lehtonen (except wardrobe photo by me)
See also: http://elinaminn.com/maledettaprimavera.html
Me and my partner Mikko Piispa wrote a column about the life and things we learned in Berlin (unfortunately it’s now only in Finnish). The column “In Berlin I learned to eat with chopsticks, didn’t learn German” is published on Finnish Youth Research Society’s web column series: http://kommentti.fi/kolumnit/berliiniss%C3%A4-opin-sy%C3%B6m%C3%A4%C3%A4n-puikoilla-saksaa-en-oppinut
Mikko is a sociologist and a writer and with him I have started to write more too. Altogether we lived 8,5 months in Berlin and moved away one month ago. In this column we write about the different micro worlds that the life there consists of: food culture, multicultural atmosphere, neighborhoods, club life, learning German and living in general. The column is sort of a dialog, I write from a personal point of view and Mikko comments on it with a more sociological approach. I find this way of working and making observations really interesting, when the artistic and scientific approaches meet. Your ponderings and personal ideas get a wider base and perspective when working with someone from another field. This is why I enjoy multidisciplinary work, when the working expands and gets various aspects.
In general Mikko has made me see that my way of observing the world is close to a sociologist’s way. Mikko introduced me to a term ‘sociological imagination’ by American sociologist C. Wright Mills which describes the sociological way of observing the world and daily life, seeing the relations between things. Lately I have been pondering upon the relationship of art and everyday life, how the “actual” living affects on art and vice versa. How did living abroad affect on me and through that on my work etc. These realizations take time and I feel that I’m quite in the beginning – but I’m not in a hurry.
I’m writing this now already from Finland and have moved to Helsinki for the summer. My last week in Berlin was full of great stuff:
Video shoot directed by Mon Gabriela Dorniak, camera by Saar Brokmann. Me and dancer Nelly Hakkarainen performing.
Check out more of Mon’s work: http://rusmon.tumblr.com/tagged/achtung
Atelier exhibition, performance, Spring Sharing event organizing at Deck Drei collective:
More photos coming up! Find the event and Deck Drei collective: http://deckdrei.de/2013/05/spring-sharing/
So at least for now I’m saying tschüss to Berlin, but definitely will return someday. For the autumn I haven’t decided where to go and stay, but I have a strong desire to see the world. Maybe some part of it where the winter isn’t that dark and long.