Kuva/photo: Kai WidellKuva/photo: Kai Widell

IHME Festival’s talks programme dealt with the themes of the current IHME Project. At the core of this year’s public commission by Jeremy Deller were the following: the past in the present; the object as a mediator of information and experience; and the artist as curator. The last theme was aimed at contemporary-art professionals. IHME also discussed other topical subjects: the fragmentation of the media in the Internet age, and the multi-dimensional way in which the art of curating manifests itself in the field of visual art.

Discussions took place at the Old Student House on Friday, March 27 and Sunday, March 29. The Trial with Tuomas Nevanlinna as the judge happened again as well as the discussion Artist’s Voice, this year with Jeremy Deller. IHME Marathon gathered a large audience on Sunday.

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Free admission to all events.

The Artist as Curator

Friday 27.3 at 10.00-15.00 Old Student House, Music Hall ENG

The Artist as Curator raised a burning question that occupies a crucial position in a number of artists’ and curators’ professional identities. How can the methods, the stages of production or the concept of the exhibition used in a curator’s work in themselves also be tools of artistic expression? What does being an artist bring to curatorship? And, on the other hand, can a curator work like an artist, creatively, and what does that mean? Dirk Snauwaert, the founding director of WIELS Contemporary Art Centre gave a historical survey of the topic in an international context. Joining in the discussion was professor, artist Matts Leiderstam, one of the curators of Documenta XII and currently director of the Johann Jacobs Museum Roger M. Buergel, the IHME Project 2015 artist Jeremy Deller, visual artist Mika Taanila and artist, curator Jenna Sutela. The seminar was moderated by artist and scholar Jyrki Siukonen.

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Friday 27.3. at 15.30-16.30 Old Student House, Music Hall FIN

For teachers and art enthusiasts

At Our IHME the audience met some of the persons involved in the art education projects for IHME 2015 and heard about the IHME Project from an art educational perspective. We shared our experiences of the IHME Project and explored Kaija Kaitavuori’s and Päivi Venäläinen’s learning materials for teachers. The event presented the IHME school project realized by Master’s students from Aalto University in Pohjois-Tapiola School and the Liars’ Club, a series of events designed by visual artist Kari Cavén and organized in collaboration with the City of Helsinki Youth Department. We also heard about the MAPSI practical assignments coordinated by the Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the Sibelius Academy, which focussed on collecting participatory feedback. The event was hosted by lecturer Marja Rastas from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University.

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Book Quarter

Friday 27.3 at 15.30-16.30 Old Student House, Café Vanha FIN

Café Vanha’s Book Quarter presented a picture of the artist’s life and art in public space. Our guests were: the author of Sielun Veljet, journalist Vesa Sirén, PhD Maria Hirvi-Ijäs and Out of Time, Out of Place, Public Art (Now), PhD Altti Kuusamo and Machineries of Public Art, PhD Hanna Johansson and Nature in Nordic Contemporary Art: From the Environment to a Common Shared World. Book Quarter was hosted by PhD Saara Hacklin.

Trial: Art and Freedom of Expression

Friday 27.3 at 18.00-20.00 Old Student House, Music Hall FIN

Is freedom of expression absolute – do all restrictions on our freedom to express ourselves violate a basic civil right? How do we distinguish between criticism and insult? Have we, the citizens become oversensitive or is our problem excessive, reckless communication that drowns out the essentials? Is freedom of expression a Western value? Do the same criteria apply to freedom of expression in art as in other areas of human communication? The judge and chair of the court proceedings was philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna; the prosecutor was artist Riiko Sakkinen and the counsel for the defence the artist Merja Puustinen. Also speaking were the expert witnesses: Jari Tamminen, a journalist at Voima (force) magazine and an expert on cultural disruption; Päivi Mattila, PhD, Secretary General of the Finnish League for Human Rights and University Researcher, Ph.D., M.A., B.Soc.Sc. Pauli Rautiainen from the School of Management at University of Tampere.

The Trial’s live screening will took place at Café Vanha!

IHME Open debate

Sunday 29.3 at 13.00-14.00 Old Student House, Music Hall FIN

The IHME Open debate was about culture and art publications appearing in Finland, and about their operating models, methods of survival. The subject of the debate was the digitization of information and the media crisis brought on by the economic situation, as well as the ways that art and culture magazines have found to survive in these circumstances. Taking part in the discussion were editors in chief of both printed and online magazines: Jaakko Belt, niin&näin; Teemu Fiilin, Rumba; Laura Köönikkä, FAT; Antti Majava, Mustarinda; Sini Mononen, Mustekala; Heikki Valkama, Image. The event was hosted by journalist Maria Pettersson.

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What did I think of the IHME Project? Interpretations x 6

Sunday 29.3 at 15.00-16.00 Old Student House, Great Hall FIN

IHME asked for six interpretations of Jeremy Deller’s Do Touch IHME Project. In their 10-minute talks, the invited guests talked about the IHME Project from their own starting points and shared their views with the IHME Days public. The ranks of interpreters included Anu Laaksonen and Iina Nokelainen, design expert Kaj Kalin, archaeologist Christopher TenWolde (eng), sociologist Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen and art historian Riikka Stewen. The audience had a unique opportunity to experience Do Touch at the Old Student House – just before the talks or straight afterwards!

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The Artist’s Voice: Jeremy Deller and Ralph Rugoff in conversation

Sunday 29.3 at 16.00-17.30 Old Student House, Great Hall ENG

Artist Jeremy Deller and Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery, London, discussed the works Do Touch and 24 Hour Rockshow, and opened up their implicit viewpoints and relationship to Deller’s previous works. How did this participatory artwork Do Touch come about, and what was the response?

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IHME Marathon

Sunday 29.3. at 18.00-20.30 Old Student House, Great Hall FIN

The popular, multivocal IHME Marathon was the highpoint of Sunday on the IHME Days. In the ten talks Finland-resident visual artists, writers, and professionals from the museum and gallery sector talked about what makes a good exhibition and what curating means to them individually. The speakers of the IHME Marathon were: artist Mikko Kuorinki, writer Johanna Sinisalo, artist Veli Granö, scenographer Tarja Väätänen, artist Maaria Wirkkala, cultural journalist Minna Joenniemi, artists Timo Vaittinen and Laura Wesamaa from SIC-galleria, writer Riikka Ala-Harja, researcher Mika Elo and writer Anna Kortelainen. The Marathon was moderated by the IHME Days host, Sonya Lindfors.

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