Discussions

Photo: Kai WidellPhoto: Kai Widell

An interesting group of Finnish and international guest speakers gathered at the IHME Festival 2014 to discuss the themes of the IHME Project. The program included events familiar from the previous years, i.e. The Trial, judged by philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna, and the IHME Marathon of artists talks.

You may watch selected talks and discussions on the IHME Youtube Channel or revisit them in the publications to be found in the History pages!

 

 

THE TRIAL: NATIONAL ART

Friday 4.4. at 17.00-19.00. Old Student House, Great Hall. FIN

Nationality is said to be a product of a state and an education system, rather than a precondition for them. Nevertheless, a number of golden ages, whose cultural-historical significance few would dispute, have been achieved beneath national insignia. So, what, does nationality mean in art? Why might originality be specifically associated with nationality? What are we to think of national art now, when the importance of nation-states and their internal uniformity are in decline? Are these developments bringing a disintegration or a change in the framework for national art?

These and other tricky questions will be answered by the counsel for the defence for national art against its accusers in a trial of art in front of witnesses. In customary fashion the judge at The Trial, now being held for the fifth time, will be philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna. The guests representing the prosecution, the counsel for the defence, the prosecution wittness, and the wittness for the defence will be announced later.


THINK TANK MAGMA: MULTILINGUAL FINLAND

Several languages have been spoken side by side in Finland throughout history. Alongside the Sámi language, and Slavic and Ugric languages, there is the Swedish language, which has been spoken here for at least the last thousand years. Although historically the Swedish language has frequently been considered the language of power, it has been a major factor in the formation of Finnish culture. The key players in the history of visual art spoke Swedish, and literature in Finland has always also been created in Swedish.

The theme of the discussions arranged by Think Tank Magma on the IHME Days is the importance of language for cultural and national identity as seen from the viewpoint of art. The discussions in Finnish and Swedish will be led by Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, PhD.

1. The Native Language of Art

Friday 4.4. at 19.15-19.45. Old Student House, Banqueting Restaurant. FIN/SWE

Is the language of visual art universal, or then what is its linguistic dimension? Museum Director Kai Kartio and Deputy Professor at Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and artist Ulrika Ferm discuss the relationship between the visual language of visual art and its verbal articulation.

2. Dialogic language

Saturday 5.4. at 19.00-19.30. Old Student House, Banqueting Restaurant. FIN/SWE

Are literature and a dynamic language the heart of Finnish-Swedishness? Are dialogicality and an open cultural space for language a threat or an opportunity? Think Tank Magma’s second discussion considers the importance of language. In the discussion: critic Tuva Korsström and writer Monika Fagerholm.


OUR IHME: ART EDUCACTION PROJECTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Saturday 5.4. at 11-12.30. Old Student House, Great Hall. FIN

At Our IHME you can meet some of the persons involved in the art education projects for 2014 and hear about the IHME Project from an art educational perspective. The event presents the IHME school projects realized by Master’s students from Aalto University in three different schools and the IHME Re-action workshop series designed by visual artist Sasha Huber and organized in collaboration with the City of Helsinki Youth Department.  The directors of the Shared Stories workshop give a demonstration of the work and Kaija Kaitavuori’s teaching material connected to the IHME Project is presented by Päivi Venäläinen.

Come and hear ideas about how contemporary art can be applied in teaching and about cooperation opportunities! The event is led by lecturer Marja Rastas from  the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University.


IMAGES AND TALK: VIEWPOINT ON THE IHME PROJECT 2014

Saturday 5.4. at 13.00-13.30. Old Student House, Great Hall. FIN

Director, playwright and current director of the Finnish National Theatre
Mika Myllyaho analyzes in his presentation Yael Bartana’s film True Finn – Tosi suomalainen.


IMAGES AND TALK: VIEWPOINT ON THE IHME PROJECT 2014

Saturday 5.4. at 13.30-14.00. Old Student House, Great Hall. FIN

Postdoctoral researcher Kati Mikkola, who has investigated the Finnish nation-building project from the viewpoint of both the elite and ordinary people, analyses True Finn – Tosi suomalainen in Saturday’s second talk.


ARTIST’S VOICE: YAEL BARTANA AND MARIA LIND DISCUSS THE IHME PROJECT 2014

Saturday 5.4. at 14.15-15.45. Old Student House, Great Hall. ENG

The film True Finn – Tosi suomalainen redefines Finnishness. What does it look like, how did this participatory artwork come about, and what was the response? Come and listen, ask questions and talk about your own experience of the work on Saturday, when Yael Bartana and curator Maria Lind (Stockholm) discuss the work, and open up its implicit viewpoints and relationship to the previous works of the artist.


ART IN PUBLIC SPACE: SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain

Saturday 5.4. at 16.30-17.30. Old Student House, Great Hall. ENG

IHME Contemporary Art Festival introduces every year as part of the IHME Days program international organizations that produce contemporary art into public spaces. Featured this year is SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public from the Netherlands, which advises, develops and creates art projects in relation to public spaces. Managing Director Tati Freeke-Suwarganda presents an introduction to the foundation and its activities.


IHME OPEN LOOKS AT HUMAN RIGHTS

Saturday 5.4. at 17.45-18.45. Old Student House, Great Hall. FIN

The IHME Open discussion will be about national, European and universal values seen in terms of human rights. Where do human rights really come from? What values do they reflect? How are they defined internationally and here in Finland? What does being European mean? What is the connection between human rights and religion? Are human rights a “secular” religion? What happens if your own set of values and human rights are in conflict?

The discussion will be led by the Executive Director of the Finnish section of Amnesty International, Frank Johansson. His guests are: the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, Jarna Petman;  the vice-chairman of the Feminist Association Unioni, Maryan Abdulkarim; and the CEO of Providentia Oy, Santi Martínez.


IMAGES AND TALK: THE MANY FACES OF WHITENESS – TALKING ABOUT RACE, SKIN COLOUR AND NATIONALITY

Sunday 6.4. at 15.00-17.30. Old Student House, Great Hall. ENG

Sunday’s theme brings together the Festival’s international and Finnish academic and art experts to discuss race, the significance of skin colour, and nationality. Taking part in the discussion will be political scientist Pasi Saukkonen, sociologist Nirmal Puwar (UK), literary scholar Olli Löytty and art historian/curator David Dibosa (UK).

Pasi Saukkonen will give a presentation on the topic “Cultural transformations in contemporary Finland”, after which each speaker has 20 mins. The event ends with a panel discussion moderated by Pasi Saukkonen.

Sunday Talks on YouTube


IHME MARATHON

Sunday 6.4. at 18.15-20.45. Old Student House, Great Hall. FIN/ENG

The IHME Days culminate on Sunday in a multivocal artist’s marathon. In the ten artists’ talks, visual artists living in Finland will speak about their attitudes to national identity, multiculturalism and minorities.

Marathon artists are: Outi Pieski; Marja Helander; Adel Abidin; Pekka Niskanen; Pia Lindman; Pekka Kainulainen; Jaakko Heikkilä; Mark Roberts & Minna Rainio; Diego Bruno; and Johanna Lecklin. The IHME Marathon will be moderated by the IHME Days host, Sonya Lindfors.

IHME Marathon on YouTube