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/
All around the world we are dealing with, in our own way, COVID-19. For many of us, we are or have been homebound. This time has given us the opportunity to challenge what it means to be together and to find new ways of creating, figuring out, and learning. 2B, a class of second graders at Ressu Comprehensive School in Helsinki, Finland have reached out to kids living in the USA, Taiwan, New Zealand and South Africa to see what their experience has been like during March to May 2020.
2B: What kind of rules do you have to follow in your country? 在你的国家你有什麼的規則？Minkälaisia sääntöjä teidän täytyy noudattaa maassanne?
AO Helsinki: In Finland we cannot go to parties or anything like that.
MC NYC: We cannot visit friends. We have social distance. We can’t play team sports. We have to wear a mask when we are going to be near others. We can’t go to school. It’s really boring.
NC NYC: We have to social distance and stay away from others. We can’t go to school or visit our friends, and we have to wear a mask or face covering when we are going to be in close proximity with others.
CS Helsinki: In Finland we have to stay away from other people. For example, we can't go to parks or birthday parties.
JT Cape Town: We have to stay at home all the freaking time!!!!!!
SS Helsinki: We are trying not to go much outside, stay home and stay safe. Whenever we are going out , we are wearing a mouth mask , we are not going that close to people, we are not touching anything outside and we are washing our hand very good.
K&C Xinyin: 戴口罩，勤洗手，外出活動時，須保持室內1.5公尺，室外1公尺以上的社交距離。(Wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and keep a social distance of 1.5 meters indoors and more than 1 meter outdoors when we go out.)
Hunter Christchurch: social distancing and not going out when you dont need to
2B: How many times do you go to the shop in a week? Are you allowed to go to the shop? 您每週有幾次去超市？你有允許去商店购买嗎？Kuinka monta kertaa viikossa käyt kaupassa? Saatko käydä kaupassa?
AL Helsinki: We go about 2-3 times a week. Usually my mom doesn’t let my sister or me go to the shop.
MC NYC: Only one person from the household. Someone in our family goes once a week.
NC NYC: We go about once a week. Only one person from each household is allowed to go, so I don’t go.
CS Helsinki : My dad goes to the shop once or twice a week.
LH Helsinki: Well about 1-2 a week. Helsinki
LS Helsinki In Finland we can go to the shop but I dont go to the shop. I order food.
MD Helsinki: I don’t often but sometimes, for example yesterday, me and my mum went to
buy a football and a skateboard for me.
JT Cape Town: I am not allowed to go just one of my parents go to the shop once a week and only for food.
K&C Xinyin: 隨時都可以去超市，我們每週至少會去一次。(You can go to the supermarket at any time, we will go at least once a week.)
Hunter Christchurch: about 3 times a week
2B: How often do you go outside? 你几次可以出门？Kuinka usein käyt ulkona?
MC NYC: Almost every day. We go rollerblading, scooting and skateboarding at the park.
NC NYC: We go outside almost every day. We go to the park, and we rollerblade, scooter, skateboard, and play soccer there.
CS Helsinki: We go out mostly just to go biking, scooting and skateboarding.
JT Cape Town: We can only go outside in our yard we slack line and jog around the house.
SS Helsinki: We are going outside for walk and only for 20 or 30 minutes.
K&C Xinyin: 我們每天都能上學，生活一切正常。(We can go to school every day and everything is normal.)
Hunter Christchurch: everyday, we have a large section
2B: Do you feel trapped in your home? 你有被困在家裡的感覺嗎？Tuntuuko sinusta siltä, että olet kuin vankilassa kun olet kotona?
MC NYC: Yes.
NC NYC: No, because we have a big house and we have a backyard and basement.
CS Helsinki: No because we go out quite often but we wear masks for safety.
LH Helsinki: Sometimes.
ET Helsinki: Yes, sometimes even though we have a back yard and a forest nearby.
LS Helsinki No I do not feel trapped in my house.
JT Cape Town:Yes i feel kind of trapped but we do have a big property.
K&C Xinyin: 沒有喔!我們可以正常出門。(Nope, we can go as usual.)
Hunter Christchurch: no
2B: Do you get homework and if you do how much? 你的学校有没有给你功课做? 是不是很多? Saatko kotitehtäviä ja jos kyllä, niin kuinka paljon?
MC NYC: Sometimes we get a little. Sometimes a lot.
NC NYC: I get homework almost every day, and sometimes it’s a lot, sometimes, it’s a little.
Yes, but a good amount.
CS Helsinki: Yes, but a good amount.
SJ Helsinki: Yes, enough.
JT Cape Town: Yes, enough.
SS Helsinki: Yes,I am getting lots of homework and I am completing all the homework on the same day.
K&C Xinyin: 每天都有功課。(There’s homework every day.)
Hunter Christchurch: yes and i get normal amount
2B: What do you do when you are bored at home? What do you do for fun? 你在家会觉无聊嗎？你有没有好玩的事情可以做嗎？Mitä teet kun sinulla on tulsa kotona? Mitä teet kun haluat pitää hauskaa?
MC NYC: Video games, reading, legos, and drawing.
CS Helsinki: Legos, Video games, unfinished handicrafts and reading
NC NYC: When I am bored, I normally read, play legos, or work on a school project. For fun, I read, play board games, watch TV, play legos, draw, and work on projects.
ET Helsinki: I call my friends, go outside to play with my sister and Mum, bake with my Mum and siblings, draw & paint, play inside.
SJ Helsinki: Play legos and board games.
JT Cape town: I play video games, watch tv and do backflips.
SS Helsinki : I play with my toys,watch tablet and also doing lot of planting.
K&C Xinyin: 不會，我們喜歡在家，可以做自己喜歡的事情。(No, we like to be at home because we can do what we like.)
KD Helsinki: I read, play on my tablet, do scratch on my computer, and play lego, cricket, football
Hunter Christchurch: play playstation, or with the cats or on roblox
2B: Even though you are at home, can you get food from school? 即使您在家，你可以从学校拿午餐回来吗? Kuitenkin kun olet kotona, voitko saada koulusta ruoat?
MC NYC: Yes. Families can pick up food from the school.
NC NYC: Yes, people are able to pick up food from school to eat.
CS Helsinki : Yes but we don't do it.
SJ Helsinki: Yes. but we don't go get it.
JT Cape Town: Not in our area, but other areas.
KD Helsinki: Yeah but I don’t go to get it. I like my home’s food most.
SS Helsinki: Yes, but we are not going to the school to get the food.
K&C Xinyin: 也許不可以。(Maybe not.)
Hunter Christchurch: no
2B: How do you feel when you’re at home? 你在家感觉如何? Miltä tuntuu kun olet kotona?
MC NYC: Happy and bored.
NC NYC: When I am home, I feel bored, happy, and energetic.
CS Helsinki: Bored, Cheerful, and restless.
SJ Helsinki: Bored. Happy.
JT Cape Town: I am happy.
SS Helsinki : I am having mixed feeling , sometimes I feel happy to play on my tablet and sometimes I feel sad because i can’t go out to play.
K&C Xinyin: 我很喜歡在家，但是每天都要上學。(I really like to be at home, but I have to go to school every day.)
KD Helsinki: I feel weird and far from my friends
Hunter Christchurch: the same as how i feel usually
2B: Do you have distance learning? If so, how do you feel about homeschooling? 你有没有长王陆学习? 假如这样你觉得怎么样? Onko sinulla etäopetusta? Jos kyllä, miltä tuntuu sinusta etäopetus?
MC NYC: We are home schooling and it is okay. What I like about it is I still get to my friends on Zoom.
NC NYC: We still have distance learning. I like it because the school work is easier and school takes less time. Also, I get to stay home, sleep in, take breaks when I feel like it, and watch TV every night.
CS Helsinki: We have home schooling and I like it because you can do everything at your own pace and you can see your friends even if you're at home.
SJ Helsinki: Good. I like when I can see my friends on Google Meet.
JT Cape Town: I don't really like home schooling.
SS Helsinki : Yes , We have distance learning and I am ok with it.
K&C Xinyin: 目前沒有，不過學校有讓我們在家練習過! (Not right now, but the school has let us practice at home!)
KD Helsinki: Yes I have distance learning going on. It is good as far as studies are concerned, however I feel really bad when I don’t get a chance to meet my teachers, friends. I miss playing football at school in the afternoon club.
Hunter Christchurch: yes and i feel ok with it. its a bit harder without a teacher
2B: What do you do to protect yourself from Corona / Covid-19? 您如何保護自己免受Corona / Covid-19的侵害? Miten suojaudut koronalta?
MC NYC: We wear masks and stay at home, and wash our hands.
NC NYC: We wear masks, social distance, minimize going outside, and wash our hands.
CS Helsinki: We wear masks, wash our food deliveries, social distancing and wash our hands.
SJ Helsinki: I don’t go to the store or see my friends. I was my hands. My mom washes our grocery deliveries.
JT Cape Town: Stay home. Wash hands.
SS Helsinki : I keep myself at home and not go outside too much. I am washing my hands regularly.
K&C Xinyin: 常常洗手，外出 戴口罩。 (Wash your hands often, when you go out wear a mask.)
KD Helsinki: To protect myself wear a turtleneck to protect myself because I don’t have a proper mask.
Hunter Christchurch: i stay home
2B: Can you leave your home? If so, can you use public transportation like we can in Finland? 你可以離開家嗎？你可以公共交通跟我们在芬兰一样嗎？Voitko päästä ulos kotoa? Jos niin, voitko käyttää julkista liikennettä kuten voimme Suomessa?
MC NYC: Yes we can leave our home. Yes but mostly only essential workers take public transportation now.
NC NYC: We can still leave our home, and public transportation is still available, but it is mostly only used by essential workers.
CS Helsinki : We can go outside but our family doesn't use public transportation.
JT Cape Town: We can not leave our home.
SS Helsinki : We are going out for short walk but we are not using any public transportation.
K&C Xinyin: 我們可以離開家，但是盡量避免搭大眾運輸工具。(We can leave home, but try to avoid taking public transportation.)
Hunter Christchurch: yes and yes
2B: Are you scared of the Coronavirus? 你害怕吗? Pelkäätkö Koronavirusta?
MC NYC: No I’m not scared.
NC NYC: No I’m not scared.
KH Helsinki: I am not scared of the coronavirus.
CS Helsinki: Nope, I am not scared of COVID 19.
MD Helsinki: I am not scared of CORONA/COVID-19 at all.
JT Cape Town: no
SS Helsinki : I am not scared.
K&C Xinyin: 不害怕。(Not afraid.)
KD Helsinki: I am not scared of corona but I feel worried about the people with corona.
Hunter Christchurch: no because it hasn’t affected me
2B: In your country, when did the lockdown start? 在你的国家什么时候开始近足处们? Sinun maassasi, milloin sisälle suojautuminen alkoi?
MC NYC: 5 weeks in NY of staying at home.
NC NYC: In NY, it has been five weeks since the lockdown started.
CS Helsinki: End of march but our family started the lockdown in mid march.
JT Cape Town: 26th of March
SS Helsinki : Mid of march.
K&C Xinyin: 沒有。(We don’t have.)
KD Helsinki: It started in mid March. When it was my friend Aarne’s birthday.
Hunter Christchurch: 25th March
2B: Do you know when you can go back to school? 你知道什麼時候可以回學校嗎？Tiedätkö milloin voit mennä takaisin kouluun?
MC NYC: No, but maybe next year.
KH Helsinki: I don’t know but maybe in the middle of May.
CS Helsinki: maybe mid may.
NC NYC: No, but it will probably next year in September.
JT Cape Town: Do not know, but maybe June.
SS Helsinki: I don’t know , maybe next year.
K&C Xinyin: 我們正常上學。(We go to school normally.)
KD Helsinki: Well maybe in August
AT Helsinki: We just found out that we will go back to school on May 14th.
Hunter Christchurch: no, not yet
2B: Is toilet paper where you live expensive? 你们那里的卫生纸很贵吗? Onko vessapaperi kallista missä asut?
MC NYC: Not really but sometimes there is none, or some at the store.
NC NYC: Not really, but sometimes there is none at the store, or only a little bit.
CS Helsinki : We usually order two packets of toilet paper from the store but sometimes there comes only one.
JT Cape Town: No.
SS Helsinki : It is not expensive.
K&C Xinyin: 不會。(No.)
KD Helsinki: It is not expensive in Finland.
Hunter Christchurch: no, NZ$9 for 18 rolls of 4ply
Thank you for everybody's openness and willingness to share. We are in this together!
We are happy to announce that Mechanics of Conformity (MOC) will bring a "dialogue-based piece" to Mänttä Art Festival this year.
”TO ERR IS HUMAN”
We have worked over the last three years to thoroughly investigate our personal and collective relations to hair and its inevitable sociopolitical inter-relational contexts. We also focused on facilitating conversations through "hair and art making" and here we go!! We are super thankful to everyone who participated, shared and listened to us with openness, trust and interest.
The festival is open from June 14 to August 31, 2020.
Thank you Anna Ruth, the curator of the exhibition, for the inclusion. And thank you Suomen Kulttuurirahasto for their support.
To read more about Mänttä Art Festival, please click here. MOC got a mention in Aamulehti. We are honoured to share this experience with so many talented artists.
Everybody is warmly welcome. See you at Mänttä!
Rosamaría, Edwina, Sepideh and Arlene
I am very honoured to have been asked to write an article for Ottiya Empathy Issue. I focused on my Dear You art project, which brings together children, artists, and educators from around the world through mail art exchange. Pigeon carriers to the rescue! Click here to read the whole article, Me + You = Us.
Allie Pasquier picked my brain regarding empathy. You can read the interview here.
Thank you for all the support and encouragement!
Can we communicate science to a broader audience using art? Is science lost in translation?
A team of scientists from INAR (Institute of Atmosphere and Earth System Research of University of Helsinki) and Finnish Meteorological Institute and artists from Helsinki Urban Art worked together to bring climate science to the streets using urban art.
They co-designed a public wall that joins climate research, art and literary symbols of Alice in Wonderland. The finished Climate Wall is painted in Alppila (Kotkankatu 5), and includes the twitter address of the research institute so you can ask scientists questions anytime!
We welcome you to the public inauguration of the Climate Wall! The team of artists and scientists will discuss the trans-disciplinary work to go from graphs to mural, and open the discussion on merging science and art projects.
Welcome to join our discussion! We speak English and Finnish.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 13:00-15:00
Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki
13:00 - 14:00 -- Public presentation the Climate Wall and open discussion on the importance of science-art projects.
13:30-15:00 -- Children's art workshop: "The Art of Asking Questions", led by art educator Arlene Tucker.
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‘The Art of Asking Questions’ gives people of all ages to make art out of the unknown, to combine art with science, and to open dialogue about our personal questions regarding the environment and climate change. Your questions will fuel the artistic process and in turn, a scientist will answer your question. The workshop will use elements of graphic design and the creation of fonts as a means to make art, make your voice heard and feed your curiosity.
The main topic of Art and Immigration: Looking for Identity public talk is the existence of an artist and an artwork outside of their familiar cultural and lingual context. How does an art, its topics, artistic techniques and the artist’s perception changes in immigration? What happens to the artist’s personal and art identity?
Anastasia Trizna. Freelance Actress
Roxana Crisologo Correa. Poetess
Márton Jelinkó. Filmmaker
Moe Mustafa. Visual artist and theatre director
Moderator: Arlene Tucker. Artist and educator
Art and Immigration: looking for identity. Public Talk
November 11, 17:00
Musiikkitalo. Mannerheimintie 13 A
Language: English, Russian
JUST AS SOCIETY BECOMES A CONCENTRATION OF DIVERSE CULTURES, THE POINT WHERE THEY INTERSECT, SO TOO IS A CROSSROAD, A PLACE WHERE ROADS COME TOGETHER.
Very excited to announce that our article, Process as the medium for socially engaged art, has been published in IMAG#7! Big thanks to InSEA and the editorial team- Ângela Saldanha, Bernadette Thomas and Teresa Torres de Eça.
"IMAG number 7 presents a collage of different essays created by InSEA members. When we initiated this issue we wanted to make visible the diverse range of art education practices in formal and non-formal settings and to invite the readers to engage in a visual journey; a process of ‘encountering others’. There is no filter on what should or should not constitute art education. Rather, here we have a mosaic of approaches; of ways of making and ways of understanding the role of art education in the schools, museums; universities and communities. We travel according to the last InSEA roads through the encounters generated during InSEA seminars and congresses. The journal opens with a story told by Steve Willis, current Vice President of InSEA, where he shares impressions, feelings and thoughts about his experience during the InSEA seminar in Walvis Bay, Namibia (Encounters with Otherness to achieve Knowingness).
As our journey continues, the reader meets Korinna Korsström Maggatröm-Magga (North Calling); Anastasia Artemeva and Arlene Tucker (Process as the medium for socially engaged art); Phivi Antoniou (Cyprus) and Dina Adel Hassan (Egypt). The northern authors reveal community art practices and social engaged intercultural projects in Finland and Russia. In the same section a different encounter invites the reader to learn about other socially engaged art education experiments in Alexandria, Egypt, with Dina Adel Hassan who describes using images, an experience conducted with Children at Risk in Egypt."
Download The full ISSUE ( PDF 17,9 MB) or individual chapters.
Otherness as a Form of Knowingness
Process as the medium for socially engaged art
Anastasia Artemeva and Arlene Tucker
Field Experiments in Visual Arts: Children at Risk, Homeless Children
Dina Adel Hassan
People, Stories and Histories of Strovolos III – Public art, social engagement and situational practices
The past in the present
Educating through design | Eduquer par le design: Naissance d’un club de design
Maktab Gammarth Toursom
Myriam Errais Borges
Elisavet Konstantinidou & Eva Pavlidou
Exploring artistic and cultural identity through an
art curriculum unit
Pensar, espacio, piel. Un ensayo visual desde nuestra experiencia como a/r/tógrafas. | To think,
space, skin.A visual essay from our experience as a/r/tographers.
María Martínez Morales; María Isabel Moreno
Montoro and Nuria López Pérez
“Art Lab x Kids: art as an instrument for discovery
and knowledge”: a visual literacy Project
Onko elämässäsi solmuja? Miten niin? Haluatko tulla keskustelemaan solmuista ja tekemään taidetta niiden avaamiseksi? Teemme taidetta solmuista, mutta puhumme myös niistä. Käytämme erilaisia taidetekniikoita. Täällä saat olla luova! Tavoitteena on tehdä näyttely tuotoksista.
Solmu sarja on henkilöille, joita kiinnostaa keskustella omasta elämästä ja keskustelun ohessa myös tehdä taidetta solmuista. Solmu-sarja on avoin kaikille. Tapaamisissa puhutaan suomea ja englantia. Vapaa pääsy.
Milloin: Torstaisin klo 17.00-19.00
Päivämäärät: 7.11, 21.11, 28.11. 19.12
Missä: Caisa, Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki
Osallistumista joka kerralle toivotaan. Ilmoittautuminen Amjadille firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlene Tucker on taiteilija ja kasvattaja. Hänen kiinnostuksenaan on lisätä taiteensa kautta leikkisiä elementtejä jokapäiväiseen elämään. Semiotiikan opinnot, eläimet ja luonto inspiroivat häntä luomaan merkityksellisiä hetkiä jaetussa ympäristössämme. Hänen taideteoksensa luovat usein tiloja avoimelle keskustelulle ja yhdessäololle jättäen erilaisille tulkinnoille ja yllätyksille tilaa. Hänen tekstinsä “Translation is Dialogue: Language in Transit” on ollut osana julkaisua “Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Intersemiotic Journeys between Media (toimittanut: Campbell, Madeleine, Vidal, Ricarda, 2019)”. Tucker on perustanut projektin Translation is Dialogue (2010) ja on vuodesta 2017 asti tehnyt yhteistyötä Prison Outside -projektin kanssa. http://www.arlenetucker.net/
Solmu-sarjan takana on MIITTI, MIOS-hanke ja MIELI Suomen Mielenterveys ry
Is your life like a knot? How so? Would you like to come talk about knots and make art that could help open these up? We will use different art techniques to help express ourselves. It’s ok to be experimental here! At the end of the workshop series a collective exhibition amongst the participants is also possible.
Knot series is for people who are interested in sharing life stories, listening to other perspectives and making art from our time together. Knot series is open to everybody. The workshop will be held in both Finnish and in English. Participation is free of charge.
When: Thursdays from 17.00-19.00
Dates: 7.11, 21.11, 28.11. 19.12
Where: Caisa, Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki
Participation of each session is recommended. Register by emailing Amjad at email@example.com
I am an artist and educator, and my work focuses on adding play elements to daily life through my art. Inspired by translation studies, animals and nature, I find ways to connect and make meaning in our shared environments. My artistic work is often process-based and it creates spaces and situations for exchange, dialogue, and transformations to occur and surprise all players. I am 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. https://www.arlenetucker.net/
Knot series is made in collaboration with MIITTI, MIOS and MIELI Mental Health Finland
Mechanics of Conformity (MOC Collective)
Rosamaría Bolom, Edwina Goldstone, Sepideh Raha, Arlene Tucker
Video screening and discussion in and around the topic of hair
Hosted by Äkkigalleria, Väinönkatu 32, Jyväskylä
October 5, 2019 from 13:30-16:00
Welcome to participate in an intimate conversation with MOC, where we can listen, share and learn about each other’s experiences related to hair. Your thoughts contribute to a deeper understanding of our collective and individual histories. Only through dialogue can discoveries be made.
How do we look at ourselves?
How do they look at us?
How do others look at each other?
MOC investigates the excess, absence, cutting, covering, growing, coloring and grooming of hair as both the materialization of individuality and of conformity. As an artistic medium and mediator of meaning, hair can communicate a sense of self relating to the internal and the external others. From this perspective, it can either uphold or upset conventional distinctions between divisions of gender, race, region and religion. These issues around hair can epitomize a global yet subjective social and personal significance.
MOC Collective consists of Rosamaría Bolom, Edwina Goldstone, Sepideh Raha, and Arlene Tucker. We explore concepts of identity, relationships, perceptions, liberation and otherness through hair. Ask a person about their hair, and they just might tell you the story of their life. MOC has been working around the subject of hair since 2017.
This event is organised in collaboration with Anna Ruth and Äkkigalleria, also is supported by Taiteen Edistämiskeskus. The discussion and screening is open to everybody and to all ages. The main language of the event will be conducted in English. There is the possibility for Finnish translation and, of course, freedom to express oneself in Finnish is encouraged.
The Story of Hair Tree & Intertwined
By Arlene Tucker 2019
The Story of Hair Tree & Intertwined shows the process of how these two projects were developed and created. Intertwined looks at how family members relate to each other despite their shared DNA. Here, the concept of family also extends to individuals welcomed by choice. This piece is a continuation of Arlene Tucker’s Hair Tree (2017), which gathered family members scattered over four continents by collecting cuttings of their hair. Moving back in time, she attempts to comb through memories to understand where and how knots are formed. Tucker hopes this will further open dialogue about family and with family.
Watching Me, Watching You, Watching Me
By Edwina Goldstone 2018
Watching Me, Watching You, Watching Me, follows the metamorphosis of an image through many stages as it follows the twists and turns of the artist’s decision-making and memory process as she recalls and connects past & present conversations about ‘Hair’, with all the ambivalent, contradictory ideas and mixed feelings that are attached to it. Added together as an animated sequence the drawings form a peculiar imaginative narrative that never remains constant but grows and morphs with thought and time.
Me recuerdo a mi misma // I remember my self // Muistan itseni
By Rosamaría Bolom 2019
Year 2017, Mechanics of Conformity Collaboration lead me to a deeper reflection about how norms and values are introjected into our behavior since our childhood. A series of images came to me. I could remember three efficient rituals whose normative beliefs affect behavior. Me recuerdo a mi misma // I remember my self // Muistan itseni, is a “mask and a ritual for a society that judges us and teaches us how to behave ourselves from childhood to old age not to be punished, excluded accepted”.
Entangled – ME & HAIR
By Sepideh Rahaa 2018
Entangled – ME & HAIR is an ongoing project where I address my memories and experiences in relation to hair, where hair plays a meaningful role in my daily life interactions with people in society. It brings up questions such as how do we connect and disconnect from each other in relation to our looking, and how one can overcome the mechanism of conformity in everyday life. I used a series of life memories and experiences conveying the core concept through performing art, poetry and video.
Arlene Tucker is an artist and educator currently based in Helsinki, Finland.