I am very happy that Dear You will be a part of Valencia Design Education Forum 2020 / #VDEF2020! The theme of this year’s forum is Analogue+Digital.
Welcome to the presentation/workshop “Mail Art + Pen Friends = Dear You Art Project” on Thursday, November 5th from 11-12 (EEST) and from 17-18 (EEST) there will be a Spanish speaking translator. Both presentations will happen via ZOOM. Register by emailing Arlene at arlene.dearyou(at)gmail.com. You will receive the ZOOM link after registration.
Dear You connects children, their teachers, and artists internationally by making and sharing art with new friends from abroad. Through this process of exchange, a child’s worldview is widened and their skills for self-expression are honed. The exchange of process-based art projects with their new friends living in all corners of the world opens up dialogue, perspectives, and understanding.
Arlene Tucker, the founder and creator of Dear You, will share how the project has evolved since its inception in 2013. She will also give insight as to how digital and analogue practises have supported the project and exchange between all participants living in all corners of the world. Due to COVID-19, Dear You's methodology and practise of inclusion and exchange have been challenged. She will share and open discussion how these challenges have pushed for more innovation to blossom. We will put these concepts into practise in an online process-based exercise. By opening dialogue through art practise, we can create meaningful experiences and inclusive spaces.
Valencia Design Education Forum 2020 / #VDEF2020 is organised by the team of the New Art School, Glug Valencia and EASDV.
The mission of the VDEF2020 is to bring together industry, lecturers and students to discover new ways of working together, forging curriculum that is more appropriate for this time. VDEF2020 is a practitioner’s conference that seeks solutions that are immediately applicable for the betterment of Art and Design Education as a whole. We are looking to have an honest and open conversation about the current state of practice based art and design education.
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As I was tidying up today, I came across a paper and presentation I wrote for Semiosalong back in 2014. The paper is a collection of interviews from people who have shared their thoughts on failure and error. Click here to hear and see more.
"Semiosalong is an ongoing biweekly salon style afterhours semiotic meetingplace. Semiosalong on Eesti Semiootika Seltsi egiidi all tegutsev mitteformaalne seminarisari, kus rakendatakse semiootilist analüüsimeetodit erinevatele maailma nähtustele ning tähistatakse seda, kui äge on semiootika." semiootika.ee/uritused/semiosalongid/semiosalong-2011-2015/
The book Sõbralik semiootika (editors Piret Karro and Kristin Orav) contains the texts of twenty-two Semiosalong lecturers, which are divided into three topics: art, culture and literature, and error, the latter according to special seminars on ERROR held in Tallinn in 2014. The collection includes articles from lecturers from the very first season in 2011 as well as from all the intermediate ones until this year, when regular and extraordinary seminars took place in Tartu and Tallinn. To purchase this book, click here.
Excerpt from my chapter:
The difference between an error and failure can be seen playfully. Generally, in games we first lose points before we lose the game. In this sense, errors are a sum of the whole. Sometimes they can be viewed as tiny setbacks or if you’re lucky as a free pass. These mistakes count just as much as any other loss and tally up depending on the point system, but the damage depends on the players and rules of the game.
What is an error?
Christian Graupner (Artist): An error is when something went wrong. Failure sounds more absolute, dead-end like. An error is a part of the creative process.
Therese Bogan (Therapist): I feel an error is small and it’s really an opportunity for adjustment.
Giorgio Convertito (Dancer and Dance maker): Most dance choreography is success-based: the movements, the spatial organization and the timing are often so precise that the possibility for error is very high. Basically, dancers are set-up for failure. On top of that there are technical errors always looming, in the form of music or light cue not being executed at the right time.
Setting yourself up for failure and being open to errors relieves the pressure for perfection or even mild success, for that matter. But I can’t help but think why are we going through all this trouble? Who’s being failed? I suppose we can fail ourselves, our audience, and what we think we have failed from the public’s perspective. If it’s all from subjective view then what if they didn’t know we made a mistake? Like a mask, we hide our errors and hope that nobody notices. Mishaps and boo-boos are bound to happen. Yes, they may have disappointed you, but on the other hand that’s how the cookie crumbled. The advantage is that no one will know it’s a mistake because you are the creator of your world. So why not befriend the enemy and incorporate errors into the plan?
From this angle, it looks ok:
Wambui Njuguna (Ashtanga Yoga teacher): Well, anytime someone needs a 'prop' to get into the pose. For example, in the first pose of the second series, pasasana, some people cannot put their heels to the floor due to stiffness, age or body type. So they put a rolled up mat or towel under the heels in order to balance in the pose. Is this failure or an ongoing error?
Anu: Laughter Yoga is based on the fact that fake laughter is just as good as real laughter so therefore I can't really think of laughter as failure nor error.
If failure is understood and gauged by a set of criteria for success and its parameters then perhaps we should try to inch our way towards not having any expectations. Another option would be to create a pre-emptive strike and set our selves up for failure. Here is a suggested guideline for that:
1. Think of what would be the ideal situation for whatever you are trying to achieve or are going through at the moment.
2. Point out major and minor elements of the story.
3. Now exchange those parts with what you think would be the opposite of the ideal. I recommend playing around with how wretched and horrifying you imagine your nightmare to be.
I wonder how I would approach failure and error these days, but I know that what I did back then got me here, which I'm quite happy at this very moment. With that said, I continue to welcome and be grateful all the mistakes and hiccups that I have made along the way.
Numerous studies have shown that art and cultural activities strengthen the cultural capital of children, while supporting their identities and capacities to actively participate in society (Arts Equal, 2019). How can we expand diversity, high-quality and equal accessibility to these activities for all children? How can we affirm diversity and identity through children’s culture and education?
Panelist will share best practices, lessons learned, new ideas that can be applied as well as new questions and challenges to meet. These actors have a key role in pushing the limits in children's culture and education and many of them are actively working to overcome these challenges. Most of them are working in public institutions and/or in the third sector in Helsinki and the Metropolitan area. This Panel celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Kolibrí Festival.
- Cátia Suomalainen Pedrosa Suomalainen Pedroza, Helsinki City, Kulttuurikeskus Caisa 's Director
- Pirjetta Mulari, Helsinki City, Annantalo's Acting Director
- Ines Montalvao, Heureka the Finnish Science Centre; Concept & Experience Designer/Finnish Bio Art Society
- Analía Capponi-Savolainen, ArtsEqual research initiative Researcher
Arlene Tucker artist, educator and diversity agent
Duration: 1.45 min
Production: Kulttuurikeskus Ninho ry thanks to the support of Svenska kulturfonden & Globe Art Point. & Caisa
Laura Gazzotti info(at)ninho.fi
Kolibrí is a unique multicultural, free and open art festival for the most diverse, plurilingual and intergenerational audiences. On this 5th anniversary of Kolibrí we will travel to the AMAZONIA, the heart of the World. We’ll get to know and be amazed by its biodiversity, the variety of its indigenous communities and their ancestral knowledge and cultures.
I am so proud to be the moderator for the panel discussion Children’s Culture & Diversity: Pushing Limits on Wednesday, September 23 from 17:00-19:00. We will open up, challenge, and be critical of the following questions; How can we create diverse, high-quality and accessible activities to children? How can we promote diversity and identity through children’s culture and education?
We've got a great line up of talented, experienced, and extremely knowledgeable panelists. They will share best practices, lessons learned and new ideas as well as new questions and challenges to be faced.
See you there!
Welcome to NSU Summer Program! A complete program can be found on the TracingTheSpirit.com page. There you may read about each Trace by clicking on the “Read more” link. More program points will be announced as the Summer Session approaches, so stay tuned. You may also find information about the Traces event on our facebook page.
Knots/Solmuja will be held on Monday, June 27th from 12:00-12:30pm at Lapinlahden sairaala in Helsinki, Finland.
Here's the programme for Sunday, June 26th on Harakka island:
Here's the programme for Monday, June 27th on Lapinlahden sairaala:
See you there!
Just like every year, two distinguished keynote speakers have been invited to the Summer Session. Our first guest is Prof. Steve Fuller who is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history, philosophy and sociology of science at Columbia, Cambridge and Pittsburgh, Fuller is best known for his foundational work in the field of “social epistemology”, which is the name of a quarterly journal that he founded in 1987 as well as the first of his twenty-five books. From 2011 to 2014 he published a trilogy relating to the idea of a 'post-' or 'trans-' human future under the rubric of 'Humanity 2.0'. His most recent books are Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game (Anthem 2018) and Nietzschean Meditations: Untimely Thoughts at the Dawn of the Transhuman Era (Schwabe 2019). Fuller is currently completing a follow-up to Post-Truth, also to be published by Anthem in 2020. His works have been translated into thirty languages. He was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Warwick in 2007 for sustained lifelong contributions to scholarship. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Our second keynote is Nora Bateson who is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.
Find all information on the keynote sessions and links to register on the website.
Since 1950, the Nordic Summer University (NSU) actively supports the cultivation of new ideas and growing research networks in the Nordic countries. As an independent, non-profit academic institution, NSU fosters the development of new research areas and emerging researchers in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Committed to egalitarian and interdisciplinary modes of learning, the NSU is open for senior scholars, doctoral and master students, as well as artists and professionals with relevant backgrounds. NSU is a non-profit organization, funded by Nordic Council of Ministers / Nordic Council (www.norden.org).
Konstrundan 2020 -osallistujat on nyt valittu: yhteensä 291 ammattitaiteilijaa, käsityöläistä ja muotoilijaa avaavat ateljeensa ja työpajansa yleisölle syyskuun toisena viikonloppuna 12.-13.9.2020. Tänä vuonna saimme hakemuksia 306 henkilöltä.
Useissa vierailukohteissa työskentelee enemmän kuin yksi henkilö ja siten mukana on noin 190 vierailukohdetta Eckeröstä lännessä Kuopioon idässä ja Hangosta etelässä Inariin pohjoisessa. Alkuvuosina Konstrundanin osallistujat olivat enimmäkseen ruotsinkielisiltä rannikkoalueilta, mutta viime vuosina kiinnostus ja osallistuminen on mukavasti kasvanut kielirajojen yli myös maan suomenkielisille alueille.
Tästä löydät kaikki osallistujat alueittain.
THE PARTICIPANTS FOR 2020 ARE CHOSEN
The participants for Konstrundan 2020 are now chosen. This year Konstrundan is arrangedduring the weekend 12-13 September.
The participants for Konstrundan 2020 are now chosen: a total of 291 professional artists, artisans and designers will open the doors to their studios and workshops for the public during the weekend 12-13 September. This year 306 persons applied to participate.
Many of the visiting points are shared working spaces of several artists, hence this year’s art circuit has 190 visiting points from Eckerö in the west to Kuopio in the east and from Hanko in the south to Inari up north.
During the first years of Konstrundan, most of the participants were from the Swedish speaking regions along the coast, but during the last few years the interest has gratifyingly grown over the language boundaries to include more of the Finnish-speaking regions of our country.
Here you find all the participants organised according to region.
Konstrundan is an established event, arranged in Finland since 2008. The goal of Konstrundan is to increase the understanding for professional contemporary art, craft and design as well as to promote creative work.
Konstrundan happens during the second weekend of September and we hope to gather over 15 000 visitors. We are hoping to organise the project according to plan, but are continuously monitoring the corona virus situation. As a new addition this year, and as a backup plan in case we have to cancel the physical Konstrundan, we are offering our participants the chance to present themselves with a short video on our website.
At HundrED, https://hundred.org, we research and share inspiring innovations in education. We provide visibility to innovations that are valuable, impactful & scalable to foster an inclusive movement across the world.
I am part of the growing HundrED Community as a part of the HundrED Academy for the HundrED Spotlight on Visual Arts in Education. As a HundrED Advisory Board Member, I work to identify and recommend education innovations that are changing the way our children learn. I also try or support trial of innovations in my area of expertise Visual Arts. Using my area of expertise in education, I help HundrED to identify innovations that are impactful and scalable!
Thank you for welcoming me to the HundrED Community!
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate and continue to test humanity, it has also given us a push to find different ways of supporting and inspiring one another. I am very excited to be a part of Hello World as a participating artist and venue (Translation is Dialogue). Seeing and being connected with all these great artists, projects, initiatives and communities around the world let's me see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Mary Sherman from TransCultural Exchange writes, "On June 20, 2020 – the summer/winter solstice, the longest/shortest day of the year – the nonprofit organization TransCultural Exchange invites people everywhere to join Hello World’s (virtual) trek around the globe. Visitors can peruse, photos, prints and installations by artists from Argentina to Zambia with many stops along the way. Included are artists’ films and videos, trailers of dance performances and musical pieces from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Egypt, China and Brazil, along with scores of others. There is also the possibility for people to participate with works from Kyrgyzstan, the UK, US, Brazil and more – and all without anyone having to leave the safety of their home.
Hundreds of artists and arts and cultural venues from over 70 countries make up this tour.
Advance entrée to some of the places you can visit is <here>. The names of some of the artists whose works you will experience is <here>."
Take care and keep on doing what you do.
I am so honoured and excited to be at TUO TUO from June 18th for a couple of weeks!
Many months ago, Kaitlyn Hamilton, one of the co-founders of TUO TUO, was going to join the Nonviolent Communication group Vishnu Vardhani and I ran as part of Pixelache Lab. For many reasons, concrete and mystical, that did not happen. As Kaitlyn, so sweetly proposed the other day, perhaps that mishap was just a catalyst for our meeting. NVC may have brought us together, but the rest is for us to figure out. I, too, am a believer of trusting the universe and this is what has fallen onto my path.
This was supposed to be the summer I was going to return to Taiwan to visit my family as I haven't seen them already in years. Corona came, which put all long distance travel plans on hold. I am so thankful for TUO TUO for hosting me and then I cannot wait to continue my trip to Kuopio and to Iisälmi to see Emma Fält and all of my dear friends there. Thankful for the people I have in my life and for living in such a beautiful country. After such a long dark winter, Finland finally graces us with a beautiful summer. Light for night and a thousand lakes that drift into the sea.
While at TUO TUO I will continue Free Translation Sessions, Solmu Sarja Knot Series, and continue the development of my hair project. You are most welcome to join any of these events or to have a some tea with me. Please click on the links to see how you can participate.
Finally, I will have time to delve into my own thoughts and experiment! My conversation with Des Pawson last month got my mind even more spinning on the raw complexity yet refined simplicity a knot carries. My daily conversations with my mom have been a huge source of inspiration and continue to comfort me in these strange times where uncertainty seems to blanket over everything. How any of this will manifest itself is yet to be seen.
I am there in this knot.
Welcome to Free Translation Sessions with JAC (The Justice Arts Coalition) on the following Thursdays, June 11th, 18th, 25th, and July 2nd on ZOOM from 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST (9am California, 12pm NYC, 7pm Helsinki)
On June 11th we will make a translation of a work by Оксана Крутицкая (Oksana Krytickaya).
On June 18th we will have an open discussion about your translations with Оксана Крутицкая (Oksana Krytickaya).
On June 25th we will make a translation of a work by Tomas.
On July 2nd we will have an open discussion about your translations with Tomas.
Free Translation is a multi-disciplinary project showcasing international works by currently and formerly incarcerated people, and anyone affected by imprisonment. In these sessions we use translation techniques as a means of creatively interpreting works of art and word. This means that we interpret the meaning of the works and create new works of art based on the translations. This can be a translation into another language or another medium. For example, a poem can be manifested into a photograph and a drawing can be written as a letter. In this way, we make new works of art and literature, and attempt to understand each other and open up dialogue.
During the 90 minute open art making session we will create translations of the works by Оксана Крутицкая (Oksana Krytickaya) and another Free Translation artist to be announced later. In the following sessions we will then speak with the artist and review the translations of their work. With your consent, artworks will be added to the Free Translation exhibition for the general public to see and continue the dialogue.
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THIS WORKSHOP SEQUENCE, AS WELL AS JAC'S OTHER CREATE + CONNECT EVENTS, AT THIS LINK: https://bit.ly/3cAW8iV
About the facilitators:
Anastasia Artemeva is a visual and socially-engaged artist and researcher. Anastasia was born in Moscow, Russia, and lived in Ireland for many years before moving to Helsinki. Her socially-engaged creative projects explore and create space for communication and interaction. Conceptually, its activities are based on codes of social norms and accepted truths, which are influenced by socio-political, cultural and personal limitations and boundaries. Anastasia works in the genre of drawing, art installation, performance, creates artwork for theatrical productions and conducts art workshops.
Arlene Tucker is an artist and educator, and her work focuses on adding play elements to daily life through her art. Inspired by translation studies and animals she finds ways to connect and make meaning in our shared environments. Her process-based artistic work creates spaces and situations for exchange, dialogue, and transformations to occur and surprise all players. She is interested in creating projects that open up ideas and that engage the viewer; that invite the viewer to be a part of the narrative or art creation process. In translation, your participation continues to propel the story.
Free Translation Sessions is a collaboration of two projects both based in Helsinki: Prison Outside and Translation is Dialogue (TID). Prison Outside is an independent project founded in 2015. The research behind this project is centered on the subjects of imprisonment, justice, and the role of the arts in the relationships between people in prisons and people outside. TID is an art installation that generates a new project every time it is presented. TID uses translation techniques to not only produce art, but also understand what is being communicated. https://prisonspace.org https://www.translationisdialogue.org
The Justice Arts Coalition is a national network and resource for those creating art in and around the criminal legal system. https://thejusticeartscoalition.org/
Arlene Tucker is an artist and educator currently based in Helsinki, Finland.