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Outi Pieski: Čuolmmadit
12.09.201806.01.2019 EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art (Ahertajantie 5, Tapiola, Espoo)

Photo: Ari Karttunen / EMMA

Outi Pieski (1973) is known for delicate but powerful installations and intricate paintings that draw on topical themes. Pieski, who has Sámi roots, deals especially with issues concerning Sámi culture. Her principal subjects include Sámi history and future, the rights of indigenous people and their relationship with nature, and sustainable development. A strong desire to make a difference is evident in her work and she often engages in collaborative projects to achieve change.

The title of the exhibition is in the Northern Sámi language and means “to tie many knots”. It refers not only to the installation that has taken over the exhibition space and was tied from threads, but also to the Sámi craft techniques applied by her in many of her works. Use of the forms, colours and techniques of Sámi craft requires learning skills that were forgotten due to colonisation. It enables people to study their own culture and breathe new life into it.

The exhibition is part of an award given to the artist in 2017 by the Fine Arts Academy of Finland and it was organised in collaboration with the Academy.

The Fine Arts Academy of Finland Prize is awarded to a Finnish artist who is at their creative peak, and whose oeuvre deserves greater visibility and recognition. Another important criterion is that the artist’s work be of international interest. The prize was first awarded in 2013, to Tuomas A. Laitinen. The recipient for 2015 was Camilla Vuorenmaa. The prize is awarded in cooperation with the EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Included in the prize are a publication and a private exhibition at EMMA.


Vincent Roumagnac and Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou + Guests*: weS.A.N.K. “Deep Stage As…” or 161 prototypes of the stage of the future
14.11. – 18.11.   15:00-21:00 Vapaan taiteen tila (Vilhonvuorenkuja 15-16, 00500, Helsinki)

The weSANK research project emerged from director-researcher Vincent Roumagnac’s dialogue with architect-researcher Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou on the encounter of scenic thinking and proto-architecture. Together they have designed and implemented a two-year experimental project on “prototyping the stage of the future”.

Via five collaborative sessions, in Tokyo, Paris, Helsinki, Barcelona and Daegu, together with artists and architects invited locally, they carried out the performative design and production of those prototypes. From general themes – including stage, architecture and  time ecology, big data and post-industrial landscapes, dystopian narratives and daily rituals, networks, climate, memory, energy and affect… – the spontaneous conceptualization and manufacture of prototypes sought to explore our techno-sensitive and geographical conditions and, from this perspective, to coalesce physical and informational objects with a scenic dimension. weSANK Deep Stage As… is the final staging in Helsinki of the whole research project.

Staged/Installed outcome of the two-year research project weS.A.N.K. (Speculative Architecture of Neganthroposcenic Kronotopias) + second and last examined artistic part of Vincent Roumagnac’s artistic research doctorate Deepening the Stage: Neganthroposcenic Chronotopias and Hyperdramatic Theatre (Tutke/Performing Arts Research Centre – Theatre Academy/Uniarts Helsinki).

* weSANK Guests : Simo Kellokumpu, Josselin Vamour, Yusuke Kamata, Guillaume Aubry, Carolina E. Santo, Anne-Valérie Gasc, Emmanuel Guez, Laura Gozlan, Icinori, Sébastien Martinez Barat & Benjamin Lafore, Aurélie Pétrel, Florian Sumi, Aurélien Vernant, Outi Condit, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Edvine Larssen, Maiju Loukola,Tuomo Rainio, Aida Salán Sierra, Begüm Erciyas, Lys Villalba, Cris Argüelles, Edouard Cabay, Mireia C. Saladrigues, Marc Salicrú Julià, Nacho De Antonio, Rumen Rachev and Woojin Kim.

weSANK research project is supported by UNIARTS Helsinki and Tutke/Performing Arts Research Centre/ UNIARTS Helsinki and Roumagnac’s artistic research is supported by KONE Foundation


Performance Pedagogy: Research Day III
16.11. from 9:30am to 6pm Taideyliopiston teatterikorkeakoulu, Auditorio 1 (Haapaniemenkatu 6, 00530 Helsinki)


The research project “How to do things with performance?” organises a third research day focusing on performance pedagogy with professor Gavin Butt as key note speaker on 16 November 2018 at University of the Arts Theatre Academy.

 What are the pedagogical dimensions of performance? What can be done for, in, and with performance in a pedagogical situation and what could pedagogy give to performance practice? If performance is a site for learning, how does learning take place in it?
Our key note speaker, professor Gavin Butt, is a transdisciplinary scholar working across the areas of performance studies, queer studies, visual culture, and popular music. Butt was the co-director of Performance Matters (2009-2013), a creative research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, bringing together artists, curators, activists, performance organizers, and academics to investigate the cultural value of performance. 
We invite everybody interested in the connections of pedagogy and performance art, live art, performance-as-research, research on and in performance, or performance studies to debate these questions and ponder how pedagogy and performance are entangled. How and in what way are things done with performance pedagogy?
Organisers: Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola /  The research project “How to do things with performance?”

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