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IHME 2016 – left on the tram!

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NB! The English-speaking programme (the titles) is in English, Finnish-speaking in Finnish. 

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The eighth IHME festival presents the Czech artist Kateřina Šedá. Her artwork delves into cooperation with people, communality and concern for those for whom contemporary art may not be so familiar. In the IHME Project of 2016 Tram Buskers’ Tour, the artist identifies with the busker who amid the daily grind seeks the attention of passers-by – just like Šedá, who almost without exception produces works for public spaces.

The IHME Project will be carried out for the first time this spring in a mobile venue, a city tram. Special thanks go to Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) and Helsinki City Transport (HKL) for making it possible to hear live music aboard trams during the project, and with a permit this time. The performers are street musicians, but they won’t collect money as the festival will pay them a fee. The IHME Project will be a fusion of live music – hip-hop, blues, folk, classical… – and a tram ride. Hop aboard, get surprised, and ride from end to end of a familiar tram line if you like! The artist invites you also to film what you experience and enter the #IHMEratikassa contest. A prize will be awarded to the best video clip, and you can win the use of a tram for your own event.

IHME’s annual themes are derived from the IHME Project’s subject matter. At the heart of this year’s Tram Buskers’ Tour are the following: communities and art, connections between art and education, especially phenomenon-centred learning, and the question of what artists do when they create art. These topics will be discussed at the IHME Days, featuring numerous artists, experts and members of the public. The programme at the Old Student House will include films by the artists and an opportunity to take part in Busking School workshop, designed by Kateřina Šedá. All events are free.

Welcome to IHME – both for a tram ride and at the Old Student House!

The expert team of the IHME Contemporary Art Festival
Tuula Arkio, Leevi Haapala, Hanna Johansson, Paula Toppila and Timo Valjakka

IHME Days Programme April 1–3, 2016

The Old Student House, Mannerheimintie 3, Helsinki
IHME Days is hosted by cultural critic, journalist Aleksis Salusjärvi.

Old Student House is open: Fri 10.30-21.00, Sat 10.30-00.30, Sun 14.00-20.00
Free entrance to everything
Changes possible

Marie-Louise Ekman’s exhibition is open:
Friday at 13.00-21.00, Saturday at 10.30-22.00, Sunday 14.00-20.00

Marie-Louise Ekman: Graphic prints (Tensta konsthall)
Gallery, 2nd floor

TV Series
Marie-Louise Ekman: Målarskolan
10 episodes in Swedish
Faculty Hall, 2nd floor

Serious Introspection: Live talk show during the IHME days
John W. Fail ja Justin Tyler from Serious Introspection will host daily live talk shows at the Old Student House. Artists, curators, organisers and participants will appear on an impromptu talk show set. The show takes place twice each day, and it will be live Tweeted by SI team-member Ernest Truely (@room4error).

Friday, April 1

Old Student House is open 10.30-21.00
Art and Communities

Community Art – Taike Day
Great Hall

NB! This event is entirely in Finnish.
Discussions will be moderated by special adviser Henri Terho, Taike Southwest Finland

11.00 Opening words: Executive director Paula Toppila, Pro Arte Foundation Finland; Chair of the Kone Foundation Board and Executive director of the Saari Residence Hanna Nurminen; Regional artist for community arts Suvi Solkio (Taike Southwest Finland)

Q & A, Taike Director Minna Sirnö and Head of Arts Support Esa Rantanen

11.30 Examples of community art – where to try for funding?
Aino Toivettula, Artists’ association Arkipelag Workshop and Leif Jakobsson, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland
Hannele Kolsio, Raumars Artist In Residence Programme and Taike
Artist duo Nutty Tarts and Anna Talasniemi, Kone Foundation
Visual artist Timo Tähkänen and Veli-Markus Tapio, Finnish Cultural Foundation

12.30 – 12.45 Morning roundup

Break 1 h

13.45 – 15.15 Talk on community art then and now
Susana Nevado, Turku Arts Academy); Minna Tarkka, m-cult, CAPP Collaborative Art Partnership Programme; Pia Bartsch, Saari Residence maintained by Kone Foundation for artists and researchers and Sari Karttunen, Cupore, Artsequal; Pia Hovi-Assad, University of Turku / Landscape Studies, Elävä Pori; Mona Särkelä-Kukko, Finnish Federation of Settlement Houses and artist/designer Päivi Raivio, Sense of Place –project, Union for Rural Culture and Education
Closing words

For teachers and art educations
Music Hall, 2nd floor

Lecturer Marja Rastas
Aalto University Art Education students
Artistic Director-at-large Jaroslav Anděl, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Praha ENG
Producer Päivi Venäläinen, Art Centre for Children and Young People
Artist Eero Yli-Vakkuri
Media producer, artist Hassan Maikal
Cultural producer Tiina Susiluoto, Culture Courses, City of Helsinki Cultural Office

Opening of the IHME Days, Chair of the board Tuula Arkio, Pro Arte Foundation Finland
Great Hall

Manifesto, Art historian Pontus Kyander ENG
Great Hall

Art and Communities ENG
Great Hall

Artist Kateřina Šedá
Artist Kaisa Salmi
Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago
Director Adam Sutherland, Grizedale Arts UK
Art historian Kaija Kaitavuori, moderator

Break 45 min

Video art
Great Hall

Aleksis Salusjärvi will present the works.
Francis Alÿs: The Silence of Ani (15 min)
Pelin Tan & Anton Vidokle: 2084: A Science Fiction Show / Episode 2: The Fall of Artists’ Republic (18 min)

Saturday, April 2

Old Student House is open 10.30-24.00
The IHME Project 2016

Manifesto Workshop
Banqueting Restaurant

Run by artists Robin Ellis and Päivi Raivio ENG
Register in advance

Workshop: Busking School
Great Hall
Designed by Kateřina Šedá ENG/FIN
Register in advance

Café Vanha
Hosted by Aleksis Salusjärvi FIN

Manifesto, PhD Maria Hirvi-Ijäs
Great Hall
In Swedish

Conversation on the IHME Project 2016 ENG
Great Hall
Tram Buskers’ Tour
Kateřina Šedá and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

Break 15 min

What did I think of the IHME Project? FIN
Great Hall

Members of the audience: Tiia Roivanen, Esa-Matti Harkke, tram driver Saara Raukko, art critic Otso Kantokorpi, writer, associate professor of cultural history and sociology Jari Ehrnrooth, Director of Helsinki City Museum Tiina Merisalo. (Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri’s talk cancelled).

From 22.00
Great Hall
The music programme for IHME Days is designed by the music critic and music curator Pavel Klusák.

Sunday, April 3

Old Student House is open 14.00-20.00
What do artists do?

Café Vanha
Jan Verwoert gives a talk on artistic agency

Debate FIN
Café Vanha
Hosted by art critic Leena Kuumola

Manifesto, artist, writer Hannu Väisänen FIN
Great Hall

IHME Marathon, 10 talks by Finnish artists FIN
Great Hall

Miina Hujala, Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Sanna Kannisto, Seppo Salminen, Nestori Syrjälä, Riitta Ikonen, Teija & Pekka Isorättyä, Heli Hiltunen, Jaakko Veijola
(HC Berg’s talk cancelled.)