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PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 3 – A Series of International Video Performances

lovepuddles_04_email8 February – 3 March 2013
MUU studio

Performance Voyage 3 presents video performances by 12 artists and collectives. The compilation was selected from among work submitted in response to an open international call for artists. The themes of body and sound offered a variety of possibilities for the artists: in the works, sound is is variously produced by a landscape or extends from sound created by speech and action to composed music. The members of the jury were artist Helinä Hukkataival, director Timo Soppela (Artists’ Association MUU) and exhibition coordinator Marketta Tuomainen (Artists’ Association of Finland).

In 2013 the Performance Voyage 3 performance videos will be screened across Europe. The next screenings after MUU studio will take place at the Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm in mid-February, and at Small Projects Gallery, Tromsø, Norway, in March

1. Annette Arlander: Day and Night of the Dog, 2007 (Finland)
2. Filippo Berta: Concerto of soloists, 2012 (Italy)
3. Trine Hylander Friis: Voice Works # 1-2, 2010 (Norway)
4. Essi Kausalainen: Last Little Donkey, 2013 (Finland)
5. Mikey McParlane & Michael Mallis: Love Puddles, 2011 (USA)
6. Maria Nikiforaki: In the gardens, 2011 (Greece/UK)
7. Anna Nykyri: Uurteet (luonnos) / Trails (an outline), 2012 (Finland)
8. Andreas Pashias: For Starters, 2012 (Cyprus)
9. Dana Sederowsky: Hasselblad Announcements, 2010 (Sweden)
10. Surya Tüchler: SpieluhrMund, 2012 (Germany)
11. Tracy Valcarcel: Will To, 2012 (Canada)
12. Eero Yli-Vakkuri: Art Must Be Original, Artist Must Be Original, 2011 (Finland)

Total duration: 38 min



1. Annette Arlander: Day and Night of the Dog, 4:00 (Finland)
With a yellowish scarf around my shoulders, I sit in a pine tree on the island of Southern Harakka during Halloween, from 12.15 pm on 20 October to 12.15 pm on 21 October, altogether 13 times with two-hour intervals.

ANNETTE ARLANDER (born 1956) is an artist, researcher and a pedagogue. She is one of the pioneers of Finnish performance art and belongs to the trail blazers of artistic research. Arlander is educated as theatre director, Master of Arts (philosophy) and Doctor of Art (theatre and drama). She is professor in performance art and theory at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki. Arlander’s art focuses on performing landscape by means of video or recorded voice.


2. Filippo Berta: Concerto of soloists, 2012, 2:09 (Italy)
A group of men are eating broth seated at a table in a lunchroom. Each of them emphasizes every sip by sucking forcefully from the spoon, thus emitting a rude noise. All the individuals manifest their presence during the act of eating by means of the slurping noise, but find themselves inexorably immersed in the chaotic collective noise. Everyone tries to distinguish himself from this collective uniformity (the same dish, the same table, the same chair, etc.), but it is futile, and the result is a parodic competition in which everyone tries to surpass the others and to stand out among them.

In 2008 Filippo Berta won the Fourth Edition of the International Prize of Performance, Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Trento (IT). His work has been exhibited at the MADRE Museum in Naples (IT), the National Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu (RO), and the Centre of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (GR). Filippo Berta has also participated at the Prague Biennale 5 (CZ) and the third Moscow Biennale for Young Art (RU).


3. Trine Hylander Friis: Voice Works # 1-2 (Norway)
Voice Works #1–2 are two videos based on recordings of the artist’s voice. These nonverbal and haunting voices are connected to images of the primal elements of fire and wood. Voice Work #1 is more narrative in character, while #2 reaches a more abstract, mystic level by making use of mirrored patterns and almost hypnotic repetition.

Trine Hylander Friis graduated with an MA from the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Her videos and installations have been exhibited and screened in solo and group shows as well as several film festivals in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain, France and Mexico.


4. Essi Kausalainen: Last Little Donkey, 2013, 2:00 (Finland)
A woman, wearing a bicycle helmet and black spandex clothes, moves across the picture on all fours using wooden trestles. The space is a well-lit warehouse with a big plywood container, stacked wooden benches and trestles. As the woman moves, the trestles make a rattling sound against the concrete floor.

Essi Kausalainen has been active in the international performance art scene since 2000. In addition to her performance works, she has had six solo exhibitions in Helsinki, Malmö and Turku presenting videos, performances and installations. In her work, Kausalainen explores the complex relations between beings and things by creating ephemeral situations and spaces.


5. Mikey McParlane & Michael Mallis: Love Puddles, 6:08 (USA)
In the golden fringe of a far off galaxy, an alien planet teems with exotic life. Twiggy creatures rush to an ominous volcano and rub their bodies against its glittering surface, enticing the volcano to awaken and spray its gooey chaos across this furry world.

A collaboration between Michael Mallis and Mikey McParlane, MFA graduates in Film, Video, New Media & Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Love Puddles is a collision of B movie beauty and camp splendor. It will be featured in The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, a collection of artist works surrounding the theme of non-humanoid, alien erotica.

Mikey McParlane is a singer/performance artist living and working in Chicago. Michael Mallis’ work has been screened and exhibited internationally at festivals and galleries. Together, their collaborative work has appeared in the MIX: 25th NYC Queer Film Festival, Fetisch Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and A Gathering of Tribes Gallery.

6. Maria Nikiforaki: In the Gardens, 1:29 (Greece/UK)
I squat naked over a hole in the garden, bound with a 60-meter-long perforated watering hose, both ends of which are attached to an open water tap. The hose is pierced at 10cm intervals across its whole length, resulting in a fountain of water around my body. The idea is derived from the iconic Renaissance image of divine beauty. These representations were found in gardens, fountains, paintings and every type of sculpture. In this work, however, I have contradicted and debased this symbol of beauty to suggest the collapse of morality and evoke a more realistic and honest depiction.

Maria Nikiforaki was born in Crete, Greece, in 1988. She graduated in 1988 from the Athens School of Fine Arts of Greece with Visual Arts as her major subject. She has participated in a range of exhibitions, festivals and projects that vary from group exhibitions and projects based on books/seminars/thematics to photography festivals, fashion festivals as well as performance festivals in France and various cities in Greece. Maria Nikiforaki lives and works in London.

7. Anna Nykyri: Uurteet (luonnos) / Trails (an outline), 5:00 (Finland)
In her video Trails (an outline), Anna Nykyri examines the process of scripting a dance film and collecting archive material from performers. During the process, she asks the question: “What movement pattern has stayed to echo in your body, without losing its grip?” The music on the video was composed by sound artist Petri Kuljuntausta. Dancers: Elina Pirinen, Satu Rekola, Maija Nurmio, Tuukka Vasama, Hanna Pajala-Assefa.

Anna Nykyri (born 1981, Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Culture and Arts) works as an artist and director in the fields of visual arts, cinema and theatre. Nykyri uses film and archive materials to create documentary films and cinemaesque video installations. The themes of her works are often political, touching on issues of power and control, propaganda structures and hidden violence. Nykyri’s works include dance-like features: the montage of the films is constructed so that they seem like a dance of images, a choreographer’s handiwork.

8. Andreas Pashias: For Starters, 4:24 (Cyprus)
In this video performance, a set of national stereotypes is portrayed through dinner plates and products of consumption (appetizer dips, popular in traditional Greek cuisine). Referencing this menu for the body as a choreographed methodology, the artist poses and attempts to transform it through movement into a touristic artifact of representation, ready for export.

A visual artist and performer, Andreas Pashias creates live performances presented directly to an audience and video performances set up for digital viewing. His practice aims at the performative interrogation of physical action, using the artist’s own body as the basic material for creation. Pashias graduated from the Goldsmiths college in 2010 and from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2011.


9. Dana Sederowsky: Hasselblad Announcements, 1:13 (Sweden)
The phrase “This is a still photograph” is pronounced simultaneously while performing the gesture of cranking a film camera. At one point the character finds herself stuttering, thereby shifting the meaning of the pronounced phrase. In the video monologues, Sederowsky uses a specific system of rules; for example, the camera remains stationary and the portrait is unedited, the background is monochromatic, and the artist only uses her own face and body. Sederowsky investigates language through linguistic exercises, speech acts and phonological experiments, focusing on the process of using speech and how words are delivered directly in the face of the viewer.

Dana Sederowsky was born in Helsingborg, Sweden, in 1975, and she lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. She graduated from the Valand School of Fine Art Gothenburg University in 2006.


10. Tracy Valcarcel: Will To, 5:02 (Canada)
WILL TO is a video about our world of desires and how real imagined situations can be. The act of desiring is personified by a man who performs different styles of swimming, trying exhaustively to make himself feel in a pool. However, his actions seem absurd and illogical, because he performs them on the floor of an empty room. His performance is juxtaposed with images and sounds of water running down a graffiti wall, dripping onto a doorstep and running incessantly down a household tap, portraying water’s ubiquity in the city and further contrasting the abundance and lack of it in the context that unfolds in front of the camera. WILL TO further questions what is considered as logical, appropriate or absurd behaviour under societal norms. The video is an open-ended question addressing our will to power and how it can shift the ways we think about reality.

Tracy Valcarcel is a multidisciplinary artist born in Lima and based in Montreal. Focusing on performance and video installation, since 2010 Tracy has worked with the theme of the body and its position within a cultural identity framework. She trained as a pianist and a dancer in Lima under the guidance of choreographers Sonia Hayashida and Morella Petrozzi. In 2012 she graduated from Concordia University with a Fine Arts degree in Intermedia Cyberarts.


11. Surya Tüchler: SpieluhrMund, 2:40 (Germany)
In the video performance SpieluhrMund, Surya Tüchler looks straight into the camera and slowly opens her mouth until you can see the movements of her uvula. She then inserts a small wooden box into her wide open mouth. When she opens the box, you can see inside the mechanics of a musical box. She starts to play the melody of the musical box by turning the crank. The artist’s mouth opens as if she wants to tell us something. The musical box can be an aid for communicating with the person opposite. The title of the video performance, SpieluhrMund, combines the two elements of the performance: a musical box (‘Spieluhr’ in German) and a mouth (‘Mund’ in German). The performance was filmed in April 2012 in Braunschweig, Germany, without audience.

Surya Tüchler was born in 1980 in Germany and is now based in Hamburg. In 2010 she received a Meisterschüler degree in fine arts at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany. Surya Tüchler is a co-founder of a performance group in Braunschweig and has organized three festivals for performance art thattook place in public spaces in Braunschweig.


12. Eero Yli-Vakkuri: Art Must Be Original, Artist Must Be Original, 1:19 (Finland)
The performer repeats the phrase “Art Must Be Original, Artist Must Be Original” while using his mouth to manipulate exposed electric wiring taped to a stick. The work has been released under the Creative Commons (by-sa 3.0) license and is freely downloadable (http://archive.org/details/ArtMustBeOriginalArtistMustBeOriginal). Anyone can download the video, edit it or even use it as such in their own productions.

Eero Yli-Vakkuri (born 1983) is known for site-specific performances, conceptual art projects and video works that criticize technology and the media. He works with different media, typically in collaboration with other multi-disciplinary artists, artisans or scientists, including astronomers.