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.
Arlene Tucker is an artist and educator currently based in Helsinki, Finland.