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Anna Torkkel: Present
Thu 16.11. 6pm Sorbus-galleria
Sat 18.11. 3pm Galleria SIC

Anna Torkkel’s new piece Present aims towards the fragility and softness we are. The performance suggests that the essential is herein, visible and in the moment now. The piece continues Torkkel’s long-term working on presence and simplicity.

Every showing of the piece happens in different space and without the shelter of a constructed stage set. Each performance is unique, new and fleeting event. After its premiere in Titanik Gallery in Turku, the piece is seen in Kutomo in Turku and in galleries Sorbus and SIC in Helsinki. In December Present is shown at Wäinö Aaltonen museum in Turku as part of Bodybuilding exhibition.

Working group: Tashi Iwaoka, Mira Kautto, Johanna Porola, Piia Rinne, Riikka Thitz, Masi Tiitta, Anna Torkkel

Production: Ehkä-production, Anna Torkkel

Supported by: Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland, Arts Council of Finland, TOP Foundation, City of Turku

The performance in Sorbus Gallery is free of charge. Tickets to the show in SIC are sold on Ehkä-production’s Holvi store, prices 15/10€

Photo: Hertta Kiiski

Ilan Manouach: Shapereader

Photographic Gallery Hippolyte

In the winter 2013 Greek artist Ilan Manouach, known for his conceptual comic books, travelled through the north of Finland and came up with an idea of a graphic novel readable to blind readers. He devised an entirely new language composed of sculptural, touchable symbols and patterns, which are pieced together to tell a story of two climatologists on an expedition to the North Pole. The protagonists are pursuing research for an ice column that contains records of climate changes of past ages. They hope to decipher those cryptic patterns, pretty much the same way the readers of Arctic Circle engage with the work.

Arctic Circle is a tactile novel and the first narrative work told on Shapereader – a system of ideograms carved on boards and read through fingertips. It consists of an expanding repertoire of free-floating tactile ideograms (tactigrams) intended to provide haptic equivalents for all the semantic features, the conceptual functions and textual attributes. Shapereader is unbound by the particularities of ethnic and native alphabets and Braille code. Its design, based on criteria of simplicity, easiness of memorization and distinguishability addresses all users regardless of their nationality, language, educational level, or subsistence under any visual handicap. The system is intuitive and doesn’t involve any technical training to learn.

Shapereader is exhibited for the first time in Finland at the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, in collaboration with Saari Residency.

Shapereader is funded by Koneen Säätiö.

Address: Yrjönkatu 8–10 courtyard, 00120 Helsinki
Opening times Tue-Fri 12:00–17:00, Sat-Sun 12:00–17:00, Mon Closed
Free admission

More information:

Indigenous Heritage 2017
International Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Cultural Heritage
University of Helsinki
November 16–17, 2017

Indigenous Heritage 2017 addresses indigenous peoples’ rights to their cultural heritage from the perspective of indigenous peoples themselves as well as international and national legal frameworks. It will provide an opportunity for exchange among researchers, representatives of indigenous peoples, museums, ministries, governmental and non-governmental institutions, practitioners, and students. The keynote speakers are Rauna Kuokkanen, Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Politics, University of Lapland, and Margaret Kovach, Associate Professor at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan.

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