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ARTISTS’ ASSOCIATION MUU PRESENTS: PERFORMANCE VOYAGE II – A SERIES OF INTERNATIONAL VIDEO PERFORMANCES 3. – 6.5. 2012

cleaningladiesPERFORMANCE VOYAGE II is premiering at the New Performance Turku festival. The video ensemble of the performances is produced by Artists’ Association MUU ry, Helsinki. The works are presented in Turku at Breathing pop-up space, Linnankatu 14 and at Wiklund Screen, Turku Market Square.

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New Performance Turku is an international performance and live art festival which will take place around Turku during three days, from 3 to 5 May 2012. Exploring international trends in experimental performance and live art, the festival focuses on new things and the sources of influences.

Receiving its premier at the festival, Performance Voyage II presents performance videos by ten artists and collectives at the Breathing Pop-Up culture space and at Wiklund Screen. Consisting of video documentations of performance pieces, the compilation was selected from among work submitted in an open international admission procedure. The members of the jury were artists Leena Kela, Markus Renvall and Hannele Romppanen. The first Performance Voyage compilation was published last year as part of the Performance 2011 Festival produced by MUU. The Performance Voyage II video performances will be screened across Europe in 2012. The next venues for the compilation will be the MUU gallery in Helsinki and the art fair at Fredrikstad in Norway in August.

3. – 6.5. 2012
Breathing pop-up space, Linnankatu 14, Turku
Open Thu 7am-5pm, Fri 7am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-6pm
http://www.kuumaankanpoikanen.com

1. – 30.5.2012
Wiklund Screen, Turun Market Square. 24 h

ARTISTS AND WORKS
Wiklund screen:
1. Adam Gruba: GOLEM: Dimension, 0:45 (Poland)
Breathing pop-up space:
2. Alfonso Arzapalo: Snowdon, 4:29 (Canada)
3. Sarah Fortais: To Make Strange, 5:53 (Great-Britain)
4. Kim Dotty Hachmann: Selfportrait in Taipei, 2:15 (Germany)
5. Helinä Hukkataival & HSS-ryhmä: Cleaning Ladies Patrol, 2:20 (Finland)
6. katze und krieg: Before we die, 10:00 (Germany)
7. Miguel Angel Melgares: Portrait of a wet country. Chapter 1, 2:01 (Spain/Netherlands)
8. Lala Nomada: In Situ IV, 3:00 (Germany)
9. Scott Sandwich: The Kalevala (According To Scott Sandwich), 8:46 (Australia)
10. Malin Ståhl: The White Canary meets the Leopard’s Unicorn II, 3:00 (Sweden/ Great-Britain)

NEW PERFORMANCE TURKU FESTIVAL
The Performance Voyage II video compilation is part of the New Performance Turku festival held in Turku from 3 to 5 May 2012. Exploring international trends in experimental performance and live art, New Performance Turku focuses on new things and the sources of influences. The festival is curated by the Finnish performance artist Leena Kela and the Berlin-based curator Christopher Hewitt. The festival is produced by the Framil Network of Performing Arts in South-West Finland and the Regional Arts Council of South-West Finland. The New Performance Turku festival is supported by the Kone Foundation, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and the Arts Council of Finland. http://www.newperformance.fi

THE 1ST PERFORMANCE VOYAGE  2011
The 1st  Performance Voyage was published last year as part of the ”Performanssi 2011” festival in Turku organized by Muu ry. ”Performanssi 2011” was a part of the official Turku Capital of Culture 2011 programme. Performance Voyage was run, beside Turku, around Europe during 2011 – in Hamburg, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn and Tromsø.
http://performanssi2011.com/events/performance-voyage, http://www.turku2011.fi

BREATHING POP-UP SPACE
The Breathing Pop-Up Space in the centre of Turku will present contemporary art and events for the space of one month. The programme includes exhibitions, concerts, performances and performative events. It also functions as a workspace for artists, and the programme will include collective planning and action workshops throughout the month. Breathing offers exhibits of completed artworks and also produces new works during its month of existence. http://www.kuumaankanpoikanen.com

WIKLUND SCREEN
During the festival, Wiklund Screen along the Turku Market Square will present GOLEM: Dimension, a work by the Polish artist Adam Gruba, featured in the Performance Voyage II series. The will be on display throughout the month of May, 24 hours a day. In cooperation with Titanik and TOK.

FACEBOOK
Event: http://www.facebook.com/performancevoyage
MUU: http://www.facebook.com/muugalleria
New Performance -festival: http://www.facebook.com/newperformanceturku

ARTISTS AND WORKS

ALFONSO ARZAPALO: SNOWDON (CANADA)
Duration: 4:29 min

snowdon6Snowdon is a work from the Sensible Horizons performances series. With the intention of sharpening our awareness of our interaction with the environment, sensible horizons proposes an active relationship with a chosen place in which the body actively responds, becoming part of the landscape. The work documents performances made in public space in which the body, through conscious physical postures and gestures responds to the nature of the place, hence aiming at establishing a dialogue between the body and the place.

Alfonzo Arzapalo, born in 1975 in Guadalajara, Mexico, lives and works in Montreal, Canada. www.alfonsoarzapalo.com

SARAH FORTAIS: TO MAKE STRANGE (GREAT-BRITAIN)
Year: 2012 // duration: 5:53 min

sharing“To Make Strange” consists of edited footage from a day-long performance. The character was filmed executing his daily rituals while wearing specifically designed uniforms for each task. The performance took place with no invited guests or special scheduling: once the uniforms were manufactured, the character simply incorporated them into his routine. In the vein of dada artists such as Hugo Ball, the project proposes the idea of performance as life. Therefore the time and location are not important. It is only important to acknowledge that the performance took place and that it has the potential to continue perpetually.

Sarah Fortais was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada. From 2007-2009 she was enrolled in the Cell Anatomy and Development program at the University of Western Ontario to become a plastic surgeon. In 2010 she changed her mind. She is currently an artist working and studying in London, England. www.sarahfortais.com

ADAM GRUBA: GOLEM: DIMENSION (POLAND)
Year: 2012 // duration: 0:45

drzewo-wymiar2GOLEM is a series of performances based on Adam Gruba´s own philosophy as an emerging powerhouse in its own way-against-the method of constructing a message to the space chosen intuitively as possible to adapt the situation of being a physical representation of the deduction inside the mind as the main representative of the context and its own traditions. The presented work is one part of a triptych that is a summary presentation of the different activities in the area carried out in various places around the world.

Adam Gruba, born 1988, is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. adamgruba.blogspot.com

KIM DOTTY HACHMANN: SELFPORTRAIT IN TAIPEI (GERMANY)
Year: 2012 // duration: 2:15 min

“This performance plays with the attention I got in Taiwan because of being a very tall woman. A lot of people turned around and looked at me.  I had so many contacts with the people in the streets by exchanging signs about the difference of our height and it was nearly impossible for me to hide. So I decided to keep standing in the middle of a market place. While I was standing like a sculpture I was recognizing so many people walking around me and then turning around to look back at me. I thought this might be a very nice portrait of myself and recorded the situation.”

Kim Dotty Hachmann, born 1974 in Hamburg, lives and works in Berlin.

HELINÄ HUKKATAIVAL & HSS-RYHMÄ: CLEANING LADIES PATROL (FINLAND)
Year: 2011 // duration: 2:20 min

cleaningladiesThe performance “Cleaning Ladies Patrol” deals with environmental issues through small, trivial and almost invisible acts bringing them to unsual places, to the street and to a park. The performance is also indirectly indicating to the state of clean air specially in urban environment. In this video at the Giardini park in Venice ladies dressed in black with white factual aprons are working in urban space. One by one they are cleaning the leaves of large bushes. One of the ladies, Sinikka Törmälä, is also entertaining people passing by and her companions by singing Finnish folk songs. To highlight the task among the group she is wearing a bucket on her head.

The performance group HSS is based in Tampere and consists of artist Helinä Hukkataival, artist Soile Iivonen and singer, voice teacher, director and actress Sinikka Törmälä. The HSS has worked together since 2010. www.hukkataival.fi

KATZE UND KRIEG: BEFORE WE DIE (GERMANY)
Year: 2010 // duration: 10:00 min

before-we-dieKatze und krieg invite twenty people in a local bus. While the bus is driving through the pedestrian zone katze und krieg leave the bus to fulfill their wishes. All spoken words between the performers and the passers-by are transmitted via funk into the bus to the audience.

Katze und krieg are two performance artists – Katharina Sandner and Julia Dick. They met during their studies at the University of Art in Brunswick in Germany and started to work together in 2007. The aim of katze und kriegs is to quarrel  with people and situations in everyday life. www.katzeundkrieg.de

MIGUEL ANGEL MELGARES: PORTRAIT OF A WET COUNTRY. CHAPTER 1 (SPAIN / NETHERLANDS)
Year: 2010 // duration: 2:01

wheel5Portrait of a wet country. Chapter 1 is an ongoing performative installation which machinery works as a sophisticated mechanism of building words. This presentation at Kunstvlaai 2010, was nine days of performance.

The installation consists in a pool of approximately 20 square meters and 10 centimetres deep, filled up with fake milk (a liquid that simulate in colour, odour and density the milk). Inside a human scale mouse wheel is being activated by human force; with the rotation of the wheel, a hydraulic mechanism pumps up the liquid. A canalisation system directs the liquid into a transparent rubber tube, which is installed on the wall, writing Dutch words. When the liquid passes the tube, the words are easily readable. After this, the milk goes back to the pool passing by a jar, presenting an eternal liquid circuit.

Miguel Angel Melgares, born 1980, Malaga, Spain, is a visual-performance artist based in Amsterdam. www.mamelgares.net

LALA NOMADA: IN SITU IV (GERMANY)
Year: 2011 // duration: 3:00

in_situ_iv“The video is the official documentation of the performance “In Situ IV” presented in Berlin, Grimmuseum in August 2011. It is a part of my performance series “In Situ” in which I develop an abstract sculpture of myself, which represent an extension of my material existence. In the fourth part I worked with milk, analyzing my material relation to it, but at the same time conceptually with the deep relation between family members, the fragility of humans and their dependency to many things and relations.

The action was following: The audience come into a room and find a naked girl into a plastic box full of milk, which breathes through a plastic tube. There are just few movements, and the continuous breathing of the human into the box. After 90 min the people will be asked to leave the room.”

Lala Nomada (aka Gabriela Aldrete) is a Mexican artist based in Berlin.
www.lala-nomada.me

SCOTT SANDWICH: THE KALEVALA (ACCORDING TO SCOTT SANDWICH) (AUSTRALIA)
Year: 2012 // duration: 8:46

The Kalevala is rooted deep in the culture of Finland, everyone in the country knows the stories, the characters, the poetry. But the English translations have never been an effective way to communicate the complexities and power of the epic poem. The English vocabulary can’t seem to handle the poetics of the Finnish language, nor the forced 8-syllable structure of the Kalevala runes.

Rather than trying to modernise The Kalevala, in this filmed live performance Scott Sandwich brings to light the awkwardness and impossibilities of translating The Kalevala into English, exploring the difference in language and culture, in a fast-paced and energetic live performance. This is a unique take on academic poetry and performance, incorporating humour and a virtuosic handle on performance poetry.

This performance was created by Scott Sandwich (aka Tom Hogan) in January 2012, during his residency at Arteles, Finland. Scott Sandwich is a Sydney-based performance poet who performs rants, readings and awkward hip hop, telling stories about dates, death and the apocalypse. www.scottsandwich.com

MALIN STÅHL: THE WHITE CANARY MEETS THE LEOPARD’S UNICORN II (SWEDEN / GREAT-BRITAIN)
Year: 2011 // duration: 3:00

malin_stahl_unicornThe White Canary meets the Leopard’s Unicorn II is part of a performance event at the Lost Horse Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2009.

The White Canary is a woman dressed up as a man dressed as a woman in a 50’s cocktail outfit. The Unicorn is a mythical creature that lives in a far away place. Myth tells that the Unicorn can only be tamed by a virgin, but at occasions the White Canary has managed to talk it into coming down from the hidden mountain plains. When this happens the White Canary rides on the Unicorn’s back. On this instance that is documented here the two have decided to engage in cultural activities and so they visit an art exhibition in Iceland.

Malin Ståhl, originally from Östersund, Sweden, works between Stockholm and London. www.malinstahl.se