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Juha Valkeapää ja Christopher Hewitt – SÄHKÖAKKAUKKO (Electric WoMan)

12.-17.9.2017
MUU Cable
Open: Tue-Fri 10-19, Sat-Sun 12-16
Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory), Tallberginkatu 1 C, 00180 Helsinki, Finland

Electric-WoMan-Image-04

Juha Valkeapää

 

Electric WoMan is a six-day audio-visual installation/exhibition for which dozens of people have donated body parts in the form of stories, drawings, videos and sound poems.

Artist Juha Valkeapää will be tending the Electric WoMan on site throughout the entire exhibition period.

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The opening ceremony of the exhibition will last all day on Tuesday, 12 September, from 10–19.

You can do the following things in/with the Electric WoMan:

1. Watch and listen to the Electric WoMan.
2. Donate a body part to the Electric WoMan either by telling a body part story to the artist, who will record it and add it to the soundtrack of the piece, or by drawing a picture that will be included in the “Other Bodies” art exhibition that is part of the installation.
3. Plan, model and bake a body part cookie that you can take home with you.

The donated stories and the sound poems will serve as the voice of the Electric WoMan, whereas the drawings and the videos will be on display in the small art exhibition entitled “Other Bodies” that is included in the installation. The visual body of the Electric WoMan will consist of hundreds of stencils depicting body parts. Valkeapää has collected such stencils for over ten years, and they have been adapted by Hewitt to make them fit the Electric WoMan’s body.

Electric WoMan is an image of, or a proposal for, a modern human being. It is fragmented and scattered, changeable and, at times, lost. It is of all ages, of multiple genders, and comes from many backgrounds. It contains non-human parts. It contemplates how living creatures are made and from what materials.

Juha Valkeapää is a sound and performance artist who in a career spanning 25 years has created performances, installations, radio pieces and soundscapes of all kinds throughout the world. The key elements of his art are sound, presence, space and improvisation. His art is made of life and for people, and his works are tinged with playful curiosity and humour.

Christopher Hewitt has been involved in areas of performance art and interdisciplinary art for 30 years, working as a curator, teacher, facilitator and very occasionally as a performance artist himself. Around the turn of the millennium, Hewitt headed a performance art degree programme entitled Crossing Borders at the Turku Art Academy. He is currently based in Berlin, where he works primarily as a video documentarist of performance art. However, he has retained a close relationship with Finland, where he teaches at the University of the Arts Helsinki, and also serves as one of the curators of the New Performance Turku Festival.

Concept by Juha Valkeapää
Execution Juha Valkeapää and Christopher Hewitt

Supported by the Promotion Centre For Audiovisual Culture AVEK and Arts Promotion Centre Finland