Program Finland

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Program Jakobstad /Bennäs/Vasa

May 3, 2018

18.00 Arrival  in Jakobstad.

- Program at Energiverket:
20.00 Presentation of project
20.20 Emil/Simone/Agnes water exercise
20.50 Carima presents Smoking Yoga
21.30 Collective journey to Pännäinen – with performance in cars
21.49 Arrival – Pännäinen (Tuuli and Vanessa)
22.00 Tuuli does a collective walk in Pännäinen
22.30 Questions and departure.

Travel to our house outside Vexala

 

May 4, 2018

Breakfast – and presentation of program for the workshop
- Morning warm-up with Carima
Lunch (Carima leads cooking)
- Vanessa’s hip-hop workshop
Break/ Chill time
- Sauna/swimming
Dinner
- Vanessa’s hip hop presentation

 

May 5, 2018

Breakfast
- Morning warm-up with Carima
- Workshop/exercise Death in the Forest with Gry
Lunch
- Instant performances
Break/ Chill time
- Sauna/Badtunna
- Champagne and discussions about, pleasure, extasy, fear and loss of self (with performance by Gry)
Dinner
- Moving slowly with Dagerman and Bernini.

 

May 6, 2018

Brunch
- Tuuli/Emil takes us to the Sea
Departure

 

*****

Reflections before departure

Dear Friends,
Some of you have expressed concerns regarding the relationship between planning a public presentation and retaining and open-ended experimentation in the process that we engage in together. We are very happy to hear that these thoughts surface.
As you know well from the Vision Forum website (and our individual websites), we have worked with similar collective processes for a long time. Having this discussion forms an integral part of the project. In the proposal where we presented the project to you we wrote:

 

  •  “Through reflections on depth and superficiality, the workshops will also lead to reflections on social media, big data and how these can deepen the crisis in western democracy. Even though these questions were not present in Dagerman’s text, he wrote it just after the second world war and when the world had been rocked by a long war which was the outcome of overthrown democracy.”

In a time where art is becoming increasingly politicised, the need for platforms for free artistic practice becomes increasingly important. Our most important idea with the project, that we all are engaged in, is to promote this kind of artistic autonomy. Of course, art needs to be political, but the problem is that art institutions are under increased pressure to address particular agendas that are dictated by political interests. They in their turn need to ask us artists to make art dealing with certain topics – which puts artists in problematic situations.

As workshop leaders we put constraints in place, so that we together get the freedom to engage in open-ended investigation. We put these constraints in place after many long discussions, careful consideration, with clearly formulated questions in mind and based on many years of experience. The constraints are open for discussion and change as the project evolves and as you express your thoughts.

To work with constraints is not power. There is a difference in nature between power and constraints. Power would be to try to get you to do what we want. Constraints on the other hand, are there for all of us to just the opposite: discover, create, think independently and to grow together. However, hadn’t we opened for discussions about what to do, the important difference between power and constraints had not become visible to everyone in the group.

We want to make the event in Stockholm public so that we actively promote similar initiatives. “Public” in this context does not mean showing a piece or something finished. We build on our experiences in Copenhagen and Jakobstad/Pietarsaari. We continue the experimentation and although what we do is “public,” it is an extension of the workshops and we try out new ideas, things, reformat what we have done in previous workshops or old work.

In order to work for art that has as much autonomy as possible, it is important to engage in dialogues with people outside of the group. This is primarily a collective effort to try to promote open-ended and interdisciplinary work. We will make this clear to the audience and we can also engage in conversations with them and hopefully inspire to similar initiatives and also learn from and together with them. To make the process of what we have done public, forms a part of returning to society what we have learned together in an open-ended process. It is a part of the democratic process – of taking public money for research and then feeding the results back into society. We see it as a generous gesture and an integral part of what we do as artists.

We hope that this makes things clearer.

All the Best,

Carima and Per