7 Dec 2018
Art Contact January 2008
Joan Casellas (Barcelona), performance art
Johanna Tuukkanen (Kuopio dance theater), performance
Tero Nauha (Helsinki), performance art
Max Savikangas (Järvenpää), music violin
hosted by: Willem Wilhelmus
Art Contact Team: Tomasz Szrama, Leena Kela, Päivi Maunu, Ilona Räihä
entrance: 3 eur
Art Contact is a meeting point for experimental live arts – dance, music and performance art. Since 2005 Art Contact has hosted performances in Helsinki by dozens of local and international emerging and established artists.
Joan Casellas is one of the outstanding representatives of the Spanish parallel art scene during the 1990s. He has put on stage actions throughout Spain, Europe and America, has led workshops and addressed conferences in various universities, and published numerous articles about performance art. In 1992, he set up the magazine AIRE, which has compiled the most complete photographic archive recording the performance art of his generation. He has been a member of numerous artistic self-management collectives, such as the CLUB 7, and has also organised festivals and exhibitions.
The performance is based on an earlier work titled “Hiatus”, which I created in 1995. It was based on the question of void in performance. Cycle, loop and break are the elements of performance. The repetition of the loop signifies the performance – which void and break set in different plane. In each level of performance, something leaks out or comes loose, thus never enabling identical. A break coming out enabled by loop makes potentiality possible. There´s something that repeats in the performance, in order that it would become understood, yet also to become possible.
Solo viola improvisation, de[a]dicated to Karlheinz Stockhausen (22.8.1928 – 5.12.2007)
Max Savikangas was born in Helsinki 1968, and got his MA in music 1998. He is a composer and violinist. As a chamber musician and soloist on violin his main concerns are contemporary music and improvisation. (source: www.fimic.fi © FIMIC 2007)
soft skin / harsh life
– a work about tolerating life with the help of cosmetics
”/When I was lying in a sand pit, in a mound of rocks, on a rock to be exploded, I got amazed by the sensuality of my skin, its fragility and the violent crushing of the environment by man. When I was looking for a way to feel at home in a landscape and in a place, I found myself lying in a pit next to the sewage pipes and in the footing seat – with no clothes on. Only my skin and the landscape cleared by the machines.
Soft skin / harsh life is a work from the contacting point between the skin and the world, it is about survival run by the promises whispered by luxurious cosmetics; promises of nutritiousness, firmness, freshness, euphoria, vitality, relaxation, deep cleansing, elasticity, repairing factor, age delay, decreasing of puffiness, refreshness, care, radiance, moisturizing, vitamin B, stimulation, instant relief and spectacular effects.