Talks programme

IHME Days 2013. Photo: Kai WidellIHME Days 2013. Photo: Kai Widell

IHME’s annual themes are derived from the IHME Project’s subject matter. At the heart of Kateřina Šedá’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 on April 1-3, featuring numerous artists, art experts and members of the public.

Free admission to all events.

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Community Art – Taike Day

Friday 1.4. at 11.00-15.15 Old Student House, Great Hall
NB! This event is entirely in Finnish.

Where does community art sit on the contemporary art map these days? What kind of environments and communities are artists working with? What motivates collaborations and what is created in them? What kind of thoughts does community art awaken among funding bodies? These themes will be discussed during the Community Arts (Taike) Day that has been arranged by Arts Promotion Centre Finland. The programme for the day is split into two parts. The morning will concentrate on current issues in the field from the point of view of artists and funding bodies. Talks in the afternoon will particularly address education and research in the community arts field as well as cooperation between different fields.

Speakers who will address their work and methods will include Arkipelag Workshop association; RaumArs artist-in-residence programme; artist Timo Tähkänen; artist duo Nutty Tarts; m-cult director Minna Tarkka; community artist Pia Bartsch from the Saari Residence maintained by the Kone Foundation; researcher Pia Hovi-Assad from Turku University Landscape Studies degree programme; and director of senior and elderly work Mona Särkelä-Kukko from the Finnish Federation of Settlement Houses. Funding bodies involved include Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Taike Day will open this spring’s triennial of community arts, RECEPTION. The event is intended for artists, producers and everyone who is interested in the community art field.
www.taike.fi/en
www.vastaanplusotto.fi

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Our IHME

Friday 1.4. at 13.00-15.30 Old Student House, Music Hall
The session will be in Finnish, apart from the speech by Jaroslav Anděl, which will be in English.

Our IHME is a conversational and functional info session for teachers and art pedagogues. We will share our experiences of Tram buskers’ tour and learn together about making use of contemporary art in teaching.

Contemporary Arts Centre DOX’s Artistic Director-at-large Jaroslav Anděl (Prague / New York) will speak in English with a title “Can education save us?”. There will also be a quick look at youth projects that have been directed by artist Eero Yli -Vakkuri and Aalto University Art Education students. Other participants will include members of the IHME staff, Aalto University lecturer Marja Rastas, producer Tiina Susiluoto, Annantalo Arts Centre (Cultural Courses) and producer and art pedagogue Päivi Venäläinen from the Art Centre for Children and Young People, who created the IHME Tasks.

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Manifestos

Friday 1.4. at 17.05-17.15 Pontus Kyander in English
Saturday 2.4. at 17.00-17.15 Maria Hirvi-Ijäs in Swedish
Sunday 3.4. at 17.00-17.15 Hannu Väisänen in Finnish

Old Student House, Great Hall

As a verbal presentation, a manifesto will begin each evening session of IHME Days. A manifesto (lat. manifestum ‘declaration’ , manus ‘hand’ + festus ‘struck’) is traditionally a public announcement of principles or intentions, often related to political objectives, but a manifesto can also express its author’s worldview or artistic principles.

IHME has requested manifestos from active participants in social and artistic debate. We wait in suspense to see and hear from curator, PhL Pontus Kyander, art historian, PhD Maria Hirvi-Ijäs and artist, writer Hannu Väisänen. In the history of art, manifestos have been produced by many of art’s pioneers, such as the Surrealists, Futurists and Dadaists. Historically manifestos have also had an aspect of performance – manifestos have flown through the air as leaflets, they were declaimed on stage.

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Art and Communities

Friday 1.4. at 17.15-19.15 in English

Old Student House, Great Hall

The works of the author of the 2016 IHME Project, Kateřina Šedá, are made in collaboration with communities. Thus, the topic of the main discussion on the Friday of the IHME Days will be the relationship between art and communities. We explore the work of three artists and one institution whose actions approach communities in different ways. Sedá is particularly interested in communities who are not interested in art, since they have the fewest expectations and, when they do participate, can experience the biggest change. Why do artists want to work with communities? How do communities themselves experience the artworks? What is the difference between short-term and long-lasting participation?

The discussion will be led by art historian Kaija Kaitavuori, who has studied participation in art. The artists participating in the discussion will be: Kaisa Salmi (FIN), Kateřina Šedá (CZ) Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt, Sweetwater Foundation (USA) and Adam Sutherland, Grizedale Arts (UK).

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Debates

Saturday 2.4. at 16.00-16.30 Aleksis Salusjärvi
Sunday 3.4. at 16.00-16.30 Leena Kuumola
The session will be in Finnish.

Old Student House, Café Vanha

Heated debates will be staged at the Café of the Old Student House on Saturday and Sunday during IHME Days. IHME has asked two art experts to design one debate each on a theme of hot topical interest or otherwise of paramount importance. Writer, art critic Leena Kuumola and culture scribe, journalist Aleksis Salusjärvi will each invite two guests to tackle a thorny problem. We will announce the debate topics and speakers at the end of March when we’ll lift the curtain on our social media channels. So stay tuned to IHME!

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The Conversation with the artist:
Kateřina Šedá and Hamza Walker

Saturday 2.4. at 17.15-18.45 Old Student House, Great Hall
NB! The session will be in English.

Artist Kateřina Šedá and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, discuss the Tram Buskers’ Tour unfolding its initial stages as well as opening up its relationship to Šedá’s previous works. How did this artwork come about, and what was the response?

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What did I think of the IHME Project?

Saturday 2.4. at 19.00-20.00 Old Student House, Great Hall
The session will be in Finnish.

IHME asked for six interpretations of Kateřina Šedá’s Tram Buskers’ Tour IHME Project. In their 10-minute talks, the invited guests talk about the IHME Project from their own starting points and share their views with the IHME Days public. The ranks of interpreters include among others tram driver Saara Raukko, art critic Otso Kantokorpi, Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri, Director of Helsinki City Museum Tiina Merisalo and one audience member to be announced later.


Key note

Sunday 3.4. at 15.00-16.00 Old Student House, Great Hall
NB! The session will be in English.

Sunday´s key-note will be announced later. Do follow IHME for updates on social media or subscribe the newsletter!


IHME Marathon

Sunday 3.4. at 17.15-19.45, Old Student House, Great Hall

IHME Days climaxes with the IHME Marathon, which presents ten Finnish artists with the theme ”What do artists do?”. Each artist takes around 13 minutes to explain how their work comes into being and what kind of different stages the creative process includes. Come along and listen to the complete polyvocal marathon or choose the speeches that interest you most!

This year’s marathon will be delivered by the following artists: HC Berg, Miina Hujala, Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Sanna Kannisto, Seppo Salminen, Nestori Syrjälä, Riitta Ikonen, Teija & Pekka Isorättyä, Heli Hiltunen and Jaakko Veijola.

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Serious Introspection

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. Photo: Lotta Blomberg