Helped in broadcasting(?) and managing a Frame event Merpersons: Disability, accessibility, gender and art together with Kalle Kuisma / M-Cult. The event was on Zoom.app from where we streamed it to youtube. We made the stream from a client-machine which was a guest at the event (instead of using the inbuilt Zoom.app yt arrangement) to make the online event more secure (we were prepared to drive “blocking footage” to the public stream if the session would have been compromised). The stream faced a few technical glitches but in general everything run smoothly. I think Kalle is onto something with the idea of showing “locational footage” as a part of the Zoom session (in between talks on breaks etc.)! The event had a strong community TV vibe. The next event we’ll work on is on the 5th of May.
The water as artistic practice talk (at 2h 23 min) with Marianne Savallampi, Tuuli Malla & Rag Elnyg was really cute but they didn’t discuss water directly. Pollutants and mutations were referred to in a borderline positive light which reminded me of Toxic Progeny: The Plastisphere and Other Queer Futures (2015) Heather Davis.
Saw Oscar Hagen & Rasmus Hedlund “Shift / Ambient Drawing” live at Galleria Kalleria over the weekend (had to spend most of the gig outdoors because the space was full). Worked as a camera operator for the the Media Art Worlds conference (organized by M-Cult). Sarah Cook’s presentation was great. She provided the audience with a historical overview on the dissident roots of media arts, problematizing tentiontions between artistic creativity & appropriation, techno-lure & big business. Unfortunately the panel discussions were a tad unfocused.
Photos of the Sound of Work -exhibition online. Feeling happy about the display. The brick dust on the floors is a justified part of the exhibition. It draws focus to infra-art. Still waiting for videos of our gig to come online.
Served as a camera assistant in M-Cult’s Shades of Agency seminar and came to the realization that artist cannot make “community arts” – Only communities can make community arts. If an artist is involved the result can be art “with” or “about” a community.. But the result is just “art”. Community arts can be produced in a relationship or by initiative of a facilitator but no artist is needed. Only communities can make (or choose not to make) community art. #ॐ
Learning about The Museum of Impossible Forms. The project is challenging. Framing a temporary project space as a museum feels tandy. Who are they trying to convince and why convince them by dressing the project as a museum? Museums are dead.. They only move when bashed with critique. Challenges make them appear vital – Ignoring them is the best way to silence them. I’ll have to read why exhibit at all? by Lotte Arndt to understand the motivations with the group better.
Visited an exhibition after-party at the Ingredients-space over the weekend. The event was a celebration of Irina Korina’s work (On display at Alkovi) and hosted by Arttu Merimaa & Miina Hujala. Saw Paula and had a pleasant chat with Arash Moori a sound artist who is working at HIAP. We exchanged notes on the experience of playing music live and how sometimes one can get the feeling that there is something (or someone) extra inside the sound.
Today I participated “Kollab talkshop on local activism” event at M-Cult. Riikka Kuoppala & Thomas Martin presented their Maunula-movie project, Mikko Lipiäinen gave a short overview of the Transformative Pulp project (which I’m a big fan of) and Emilia Palonen talked about local democracy developments in relation to the Maunula-house.
Made videos for the upcoming performativity lecture: