Platform

Climate Change Concern Studio

interactive project by Patrik Qvist

with Tuomo Väänänen, Janika Herlevi, Michel Ruths, Dragos Alexandrescu and Clara Diesen

climate change scenario texts by Dougald Hine

produced by Platform

Climate Change Concern Studio is an interactive art project. The installation is set up like an old- fashioned portrait studio with a landscape backdrop and a couple of lamps for illumination. The participant is asked to consider five different statements about climate change and pick one that he/ she can relate to. Depending on which one is chosen, the participant gets to pick a cardboard sign which reflects this statement. The participant is then photographed against the backdrop and two copies of the image are printed- one for the participant to keep, and one to pin up on the studio wall. The average time needed for the whole process is about five minutes.

Climate Change Concern Studio was first shown in February 2014 at the independent art fair Supermarket in Stockholm. There were more than 500 participating visitors during the three days of the fair, resulting in some 300 portraits on the wall. The participatory element of the installation proved to be an efficient and successful way to engage the audience in a dialogue about a serious topic, while retaining a sense of enjoyment in the process.

For more info, see www.patrikqvist.com.

HR-Stamenov, Vaasa-Umeå < > Wormhole Connection

The opening of a Wormhole, provoked the appearance of a transport ‘shortcut’ in space-time.
This phenomenon allowed the train to travel between the two cities for only few seconds.

crew:

Marcus Lerviks – Technical assistance, Vaasa
Harri Niskanen – Location coordinator, Vaasa
Jimmy Pulli – Camera and technical assistance, Vaasa
Joakim Vesterlund – Location manager and technical assistance, Umeå
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Platform, Vaasa, Finland
Mira House, Vaasa, Finland
Kulturförening Kretsen, Umeå, Sweden
In cooperation with; Norrporten, Umeå, Sweden

© HR-Stamenov

2014

Vaasa-Umeå <> Wormhole Connection

 

On March 12, a strange phenomenon will connect two cities located on the two opposite sides of the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea: Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden.

A transport corridor, provoked by the opening of a Wormhole, also known as an Einstein–Rosen bridge, which is a hypothetical topological feature of space-time, will create a ‘shortcut’ between the two cities. The phenomenon will allow a Train to appear inside a building in Vaasa, then 3 minutes later in Umeå, then back in Vaasa after 3 min. and after 3 min. again in Umeå…

The observers of the phenomenon will receive a clear evidence for the existence of the Wormhole, and the practical equations from the Theory of General Relativity will be evaluated as possible solutions for transport.

HR-Stamenov, the current artist in residence of Platform, presents this light spectacle.

The immediate attention, which the media installation provokes, leaves the passers-by uncertain of what they have just seen, for the train literally ‘appears’ inside the buildings. The project is an illustration of the scientific theories of time travels and space distortions.

Date: 12.03.2014
Time: Vaasa 19.00–22.00, Umeå 18.00–21.00
Address: Miratalo / Mirahuset, Kirkkopuistikko 34Kyrkoesplanaden 34, Vaasa
Address: Storgatan 38, Umeå

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The project is realized with the kind collaboration of:

PLATFORM, Vaasa www.platform.fi
MIRA House, Vaasa  www.mirahouse.fi
Kulturförening Kretsen, Umeå kretsen.org
Norrporten, Umeå  www.norrporten.se

An intervention at the Old Sugar Factory in Vaasa

 

Platform would like to invite you to the opening of Yann Vanderme’s intervention in the Old Sugar Factory at Vasklot in Vaasa.

Yann Vanderme (FRA), who is Platform’s artist-in-residence, has renovated a 13mm wide strip in the abandoned factory on the industrial island Vasklot. The strip has been brought back to it’s original condition, as it was 30 years ago when the factory was still in use.

The strip leads through the whole building and can be seen at the floor, walls and ceilings.

The renovated strip with its clear and sharp edges creates a strong contrast with the state of the building and emphasizes the decrepit and abandoned state of the factory.

Opening of Yann’s project will be 14.00 in the afternoon when the sun is still up. For the people that come after sundown there will be portable lights to track the strip.

Date: 25.01.2014
Time: 14.00-18.00
Address: Sugarfactory/Sockerfabriken/Sokeritehdas Reininkatu, Vaskiluoto, Vaasa

Here you can find the Old Sugar Factory.

Upcoming 17.11.2013

Platform’s current artist in residence Daniel Ladnar will present and launch his project “Upcoming” at the Terranova Kvarken Nature Centre on Sunday, the 17th of November, at 4 pm. All welcome!

“Upcoming” invites people to send a message to the future. They can send whatever they like, as long as it fits into an envelope. All letters are put into time capsules which will be sunk in the Kvarken archipelago in the summer of 2014. And because every year the land rises by almost 1cm there, they might re-appear sometime in the future. Or they might never be found.

“Upcoming” engages with the land rise in the Kvarken archipelago and with the constant changes that the planet is going through. It asks people to consider their relation to the future: What things, thoughts and memories would the people of Vaasa like to preserve for the future? Are there any messages they would like to leave for future generations? What are their hopes, their fears, their secrets, their ambitions? Letters (maximum size: A6) will remain unopened.

There will be a letter box installed permanently until next summer at Terranova Kvarken Nature Centre (Museokatu 3, Vasa) for people to leave their messages. If you would also like to participate in the project by installing a letter box somewhere, you are welcome to do so.

Participation is also possible for people from other places. They can send letters to the following address: Upcoming c/o Platform, Kasern 14, Västra Kaserntorget 8–10, FIN-65100 Vasa.

 

Artist Talk Scheibe & Güntzel

 

torstai 22.8. klo 16.30
Loftet (Raastuvankatu 28, Vaasa)

Platformin residenssitaiteilijat Swaantje Güntzel ja Jan Philip Scheibe (GER) kertovat meneillään olevasta projektistaan SÄILÖTTYÄ (Preserved), jossa analysoidaan vaasalaisten suhdetta ympäröivään luontoonsa. Taiteilijat haluavat selvittää miten Pohjanmaan luonto on tarjonnut ravintoa asukkailleen vuosisatojen saatossa sekä miten tietoisuus paikallisten ruoka-aineiden keräämisestä, valmistamisesta ja säilömisestä on siirtynyt sukupolvelta toiselle. Tule jakamaan kokemuksiasi ja muistojasi aiheesta taiteilijoiden kanssa.

torsdag 22.8 kl 16.30,
Loftet (Rådhusgatan 28, Vasa)

Platforms aktuella residenskonstnärer Swaantje Güntzel och Jan Philip Scheibe (GER) kommer att berätta hur de genom sitt samtidskonstprojekt BEVARAD (Preserved) analyserar det förhållande som människorna i Vasa skapar med sin näromgivning. De vill ta reda på hur den österbottniska naturen har närt människor under århundraden och hurudan kollektiv kunskap generation efter generation har samlat in och fört över till varandra om att samla, bevara, laga mat och ta vara på lokala råvaror. Kom med och dela din kunskap och dina minnen av upplevelser i naturen med dem.

Thursday 22.8. at 16.30
Loftet (Raastuvankatu 28, Vaasa)

The current artists in residence of Platform Swaantje Güntzel and Jan Philip Scheibe (GER) will talk about their project PRESERVED analyzing the relationship of the people of Vaasa with their surrounding environment. They want to find out in which way the Ostrobothnian nature has nourished people over the centuries and what collective knowledge how to collect, cook and preserve local food has been passed from generation to generation. Share your knowledge and memories of your experience with nature with them.

Performance Week 3rd—10th of August 2013

Platform is proud to announce a week dedicated to performance!

The main performance events will take place on Wednesday the 7th of August in the Platform studio on Kasern 14 in Vaasa starting at 3 pm.

The events will be based on this years Platform theme  “The End of World – Or Why the World Won’t End”.  A theme that was selected shortly before the ending of the Maya calendar. Out of a western perspective, in today’s information society, news reach us from all over the world, about climatological threats and environmental disasters and also there is a growing awareness, about the earths limited resources – all factors that make the future seem more uncertain than ever; Is this the beginning of the end? On the other hand, the things that seem the furthest apart, perhaps even opposites, may actually lay close together. ‘The end’ and ‘the beginning’ could be seen simply as two points on the same line, or even in the same circle…

The week dedicated to performance will be a kick off for PRESERVED, a project by Swaantje Güntzel and Jan Philip Scheibe (D), Platform’s Artists in Residence during August and September 2013. The project PRESERVED reflects the topography of the relationship of the people of Vaasa with their environment and shows what collective knowledge; how to collect, cook and preserve local food has been passed from generation to generation.

Former Platform Artists in Residence Mari Kretz and Girilal Baars (SE) are performing and conducting Gracing Space, a live installation and performance that uses live feeds and field recordings of Very Low Frequency radio waves from the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere. The so-called VLFs are generated by cosmic and solar radiation and reflect the energy state of our local part of the universe; the outer bounds of Earth’s ecosystem.

Anna Lundh (USA/SWE) will perform her lecture performance Q&Q – 2022, a project that was initiated in March 2012 and during one year collected and shared questions about what the future will be like – 10 years from now. The online component of the project was developed for the New Museum First Look: New Art Online series, and has accumulated questions from people world wide. Q&Q – 2022 is a reconsideration of the project Telex: Q&A, organized in 1971 by New York based Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) as part of at the show Utopia & Visions: 1871–1981 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. It involved the installation of telex machines in four cities; Stockholm, Tokyo, Ahmedabad and New York, and the public were invited to send questions about 1981 – ten years into the future – to the other sites. Lundh’s lecture performance concludes with a Q&Q (Question & Question session) together with Julie Martin, who is director of E.A.T. and also one of the initiators of the original 1971 project.

John G. Boehme (CA) makes direct and physical performance actions which interrogate the junctures between aggression, exploitation and competition, often inspired by sports. Channeling the historical connections between art and sports, manifest in society’s idealization of the body, his actions do not interrogate specific contests or competitions, but rather those subjects within sports that ‘jump the hurdle’ and ‘cross the line.’

Julischka Stengele’s (D) heart beats for artistic expression that require a physical presence – such as performance but also a good face-to-face conversation. She is curious about constructions of social space and like to design situations that enable personal encounters.

Ida Grimsgaard (NO) is interested in how the space can be read and perceived. Her work is an investigation; observations and reflection of what is already present in form of objects and relations.

Using one of the models she created to support the articulation of her thinking, Ingrid Cogne (SE/FR) will propose an improvised lecture performance by challenging the presence and the performativity of her speaking in the meeting with an audience. Cogne will sound record her proposal to collect data and later rework the contents in a written forma… to go against her tendency toward immateriality.

For detailed program updates and participation please register at:

info@platform.fi

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Girilal Baars (SE) is a composer, singer and musician based in Uppsala, Sweden. Girilal works with vocal, acoustic and electronic music and holds to the idea that all rapid air-pressure changes are music. His piece Litanies in Zero Kelvin for voice, theremin and electronics was chosen for the Nordic Music Days in Oslo in 2009. In 2010 he wrote and staged an opera for two voices based on Karin Boye’s novel Kallocain. Girilal is particularly interested in exploring sounds from the cosmos, as he has been obsessed with space from a tender age. www.girilal.com

John G. Boehme (CA) early art practice included painting, sculpture, performance video and digital technology, installation and photography. Boehme describes recent work as ‘trans-disciplinary’ often employing performance, video, audio and objects in a number pieces simultaneously, Boehme is not constrained to any particular creative mode and therefore utilizes integrated approaches to realize the work. John continues to have exhibitions, screenings and participate in Performance Art festivals across Canada, Australia, the Americas, United Kingdom, Europe and China. John is continuing faculty in the Visual Arts Department at Camosun College and adjunct faculty at University of Victoria.

Ingrid Cogne (F/SE) Artist-choreographer based in Stockholm, Cogne sees choreography as a way to create movement and suspension, circulation and time, positioning and displacement in relation to Economy, Knowledge, Work and Individuals. Obsessed by the ‘in between’ and what constitutes the dynamics of meeting, Cogne focuses on the process and the dramaturgy of existing or created situations. Labor, consistency and time are central. With soft provocation for movement in representations and structures, she is slowly, progressively shaking, shifting the perception(s) and the perspective(s). Her artistic proposals problematize the relationship and create a floating definition of the positions and status subject-object of both the artist and the spectator(s). Ingrid Cogne also works as dramaturge or performer for other artists. In October 2011, Cogne started a PhD in practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Cognes project is titled ‘Displacement(s) as Method(s)’. Since November 2012, her research is being developed at the CEAC Lille 3 as well. ingridcogne.net

Ida Grimsgaard (NO) is based in Oslo and studied scenography at the Norwegian Theater Academy. Due to her background in the fine arts she has exhibited and performed her work at numerous festivals and venues around Europe. Blending scenography with fine art she is exploring the coincidences and searches for the unsure and unexpected. The body and its physicality is the starting point of her work.

Scheibe & Güntzel (D) consists of the Hamburg based artists Jan Philip Scheibe and Swaantje Güntzel. In addition to their individual artistic work  they realize artistic projects as an artist couple. Both artists deal with man’s perception of nature – Jan Philip Scheibe analyzes the facets of a romantic idealization of nature while Swaantje Güntzel questions our ethical value-system. Before studying fine arts Swaantje Güntzel graduated with a Masters Degree in Anthropology. She participated in numerous exhibitions in Germany as well as abroad. The main subject of her work is the dissection of the alienated interrelation of man and nature. She works across a range of different disciplines such as performance, object, installation, photography and video. Jan Philip Scheibe studied Art & Design. His artistic work is characterized by installations and performances in the public urban space as well as in the open landscape and the work often involve light. http://www.swaantje-guentzel.de/http://www.jan-philip-scheibe.de/

Mari Kretz (SE) is based in Stockholm working in the fields of acoustic and visual art. In her work, she has focused on scientific studies of acoustical phenomena in the atmosphere, low frequency radio waves traveling around Earth and in the depths of space, as well as electric signals generated by internal organs and the nervous system of the human body. Working with researchers and engineers, ranging from astronomy to medicine, she has visualised the barely perceptible worlds around us. www.marikretz.se

Anna Lundh (SE) is an artist, based in Stockholm and New York. She studied at Konstfack and at the Cooper Union School of Art. In recent years she has participated in renowned residency programs. During 2012–2013 she is an artistic research resident at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Lundh has exhibited at venues in Sweden such as Bonniers Konsthall, Haninge Konsthall and Kalmar Konstmuseum, and internationally in Bergen, Norway, The Hague, The Netherlands, Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as in New York at Apexart, Exit Art, The Kitchen and New Museum, to name a few. She has also published text pieces in various publications. Lundh is also the initiator and organizer of Visions of the Now, an international festival and congress on the subjects of art and technology. www.annalundh.com

Julischka Stengele (D) is a multidisciplinary artist. Her body of work includes photography, happening, performance, installation and video. She lives in Vienna and Berlin. Her main interest is devoted to artistic forms of expression that require a physical presence – to one or another extent. The human being in its social context serves as a base for the work in general. Main topics include interpersonal relationships, cultural role models and body politics, sexuality, identity and divergence/ subculture. Stengele’s work has been exhibited / presented at numerous internationally renowned festivals in Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. www.julischka.eu

Dora Bleu & Hei

Summer night music
Dora Bleu & Hei
In Platform fri 19.7.2013 starting at 21.00.
Outside if the weather allows for it, indoors if not.

Dora Bleu

Dora Bleu, from Montreal, brushes and scratches with her ghostly, frail, beautiful and harrowing music while the acoustic guitar echoes in a surrealistic depiction of unfortunate woundings. Her latest releases include an LP in collaboration with  Tom Carter (Charalambides) and Sam Shalabin (Shalabi Effect, Land of Kush) adn an internet-release with Russian noise-artists Olga Nosova and Alexei Borisov.

Listening: http://www.soundcloud.com/dora-bleu

Hei

Hei, bubbling under in Ambient and drone landscapes, produces chord- and alarm walls, feedback and mercurial melodies on electric guitar and electronics.

Listening: http://www.soundcloud.com/heiei
Other stuff: http://heiei.tumblr.com/

Free entrance.

Artist Talk Nurri Kim


June 6, 19h at Platform Studio

Welcome to the talk by the current Platform Artist in Residence, Nurri Kim. She will present her practice and shortly introduce the project she’s undertaking in Vaasa during June-July.

Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and raised between Seoul and Tokyo, Japan. Her work has been driven by the attempt to reclaim what was lost in her early displacement, using the tools she paradoxically gained as a result of the same experience — parallax and perspective — to investigate her relationship with place. She explores some new social or physical environment by applying a ruleset to investigation of these surroundings, constructing archives of this investigation, and offering this archive to viewers as an open and ongoing narrative.

Platform Live 06.04.2013 @ 19.00

Platform Live: Artist talk Patrik Qvist + Sounds from Ostrobothnia 6.4.2013 @ 19.00

Platform invites you cordially for an evening with words, images and sounds.

Patrik Qvist

“Strategier för att förstå världen utifrån ett perspektiv av nära förestående kollaps.”
Platform’s artist in residence Patrik Qvist will start the evening with an artist talk and screening.
http://www.patrikqvist.com

After the artist talk Platform will present 3 local artists with an interest in sound.

Johan Sandås – Contact

An interactive performance with contact microphones, where the audience can participate.

http://johansandas.com/

Arvid van der Rijt – Finland in 4 movements

An optical sound performance with 3 filmprojectors and the barcodes of sausage and spirits.
Via Kabanossi and Koskenkorva to Kaaos and Kaamos.
http://archipelagogo.hotglue.me/sounds

Vesa-Matti Live

An improvised live set with drummachine, sampler and synth.
https://soundcloud.com/mesa-vatti

The artist talk will begin at 19:00
Let’s see what the night brings!

Platform Studio@Kasern 14
Korsholmsesplanaden 6-8 Vaasa

Platform Live presents: Beate Linne(DE) – Angela Washko(US)

02.03 2013 @ 20.00

Platform / Kasern 14
Korsholmanpuistikko 6-8, Vaasa

 

Beate Linne, DE

Beate is a German based Performance Artist. She studied architecture at the University of Kassel, as well as German language and literature and fine Arts at the University of Hildesheim. She’s working as a freelance artist, teacher and since last year I’m co-organizer oft the International Performance Art Festival Blow.

Artistic Statement

I consider Performance as an opportunity to express myself by means of creating images and live actions with my body. I deal with basic issues of live, by exploring behaviour, testing limits and asking questions.The most important aspect is the encounter and the exchange between the people – and the possibility to initiate thinking processes and open the mind. In my performances I deal among other things with issues like deprivation, death, and confidence.The actions and materials often have a symbolic character. And usually I perform with great physical exertion, establishing a relation between my body, material and other people. I also like to involve the audience in the performance, so that they become an active part in it.
I don’t repeat my performances usually. But I work mostly over a longer period with the same materials. The choice of it for me is very important. I deal thoroughly with the material, so that I learn to know it very well and a kind of personal relationship arises. (Sometimes I collect material or I produce it by myself). This material has a kind of symbolic character and I use it as a basic element of the performance. With them and my body I try to create unusual or sometimes surreal images and situations.

 

Angela Washko, US

Angela Washko is an artist and community facilitator devoted to mobilizing people and creating actions, interventions, videos, and performances (often in video games). She is currently working on a project called “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness In World of Warcraft – earning her the Terminal Award and Grant, a Danish Arts Council Grant, an upcoming fellowship and residency at HIAP in Helsinki Finland, and a solo exhibition at Austin Peay State University. She has also recently curated the Conflux Festival 2012 at NYU. She has recently performed or participated in exhibitions at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, New York University, Spattered Columns (NYC), Microscope Gallery (NYC), NURTUREart (NYC), Momenta Art (NYC), and Gowanus Studio Space (NYC), among many others. Washko has participated in artist residency programs at Contemporary Artists Center (Troy, NY), The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia PA), Flux Factory (NYC), Gullkistan (Laugarvatn, Iceland), and HIAP (Helsinki, Finland). Features on Washko’s work have appeared in Rhizome, the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Time Out NY, Digicult, ANIMAL NY, and Gothamist.

Artistic Statement

Mobilizing communities and using play, I am an artist and facilitator creating new forums for discussions of feminism where and when they do not exist. These forums are created through actions, interventions, videos, and performances- sometimes in video games. I am dedicated to researching and ultimately changing unhealthy, unrealistic, limited, and object-oriented projections of women throughout different forms of media by creating public works that challenge our implicit acceptance of everyday inequality.
My most recent project, “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness In World of Warcraft,” is a long-term research-based initiative I launched to create spaces for dialogue about feminism inside a video game with a community that is notoriously misogynistic and aggressive toward women. I am interested in the unusual political space that evolves within WoW. It takes quite a lot of effort to ever break into the social aspects of the game. One has to make a fairly serious commitment to the game (undergoing lengthy tutorials, quests, learning characters’ skills, finding equipment, fighting dragons/goblins etc.) to ever make it to the point where they are in a guild and regularly communicating with large groups of people. Because of that barrier between the committed and the dabblers, a unique social community is created in each realm of World of Warcraft that few know about, despite the game’s widespread popularity. The blatant discrimination, homophobia, and extreme sexism that persist are not a result of the developers’ aesthetics, but the community of avatar-hidden individuals that play it. I am creating videos from performances inside of World of Warcraft that investigate the relationship between female players and the intensely complex social communities within WOW. I am working on instituting a system in which players in my community are forced to take responsibility for their oppressive behavior, help to create an environment that encourages women gamers to participate, and present performances and videos to a non-MMO-informed public that is unaware that these communities exist.
In addition to making projects inside video games, I also create videos, performances and participatory installations. My works are all linked by a dedication to using play to address the contemporary power structures that women are faced with – whether they are within video game cultures, pop music, advertising, collectives, or the intense networking environment of the “Art World.” Ultimately I aim to subvert these power structures by infiltrating cultures in which they are evident, addressing them publically, bringing visibility to subtle (and not-so-subtle) discriminatory acts in contemporary culture, and ultimately mobilizing communities to actively change those structures through open discussion and collective action.

NON GRATA – EXTRAVAGANZA



Non Grata - EXTRAVAGANZA
OPENING 22.2 @ 19.00

Wild Nature, Act of God & Utopian Landscapes! Naturaleza Salvaje!

23-24-2 2013
opening hours: Saturday-Sunday 12 to 18

Platform Studio
Kasern14, Korsholmsesplanaden 6-8, Vasa
Kasarmi 14, Korsholmanpuistikko 6-8, Vaasa

NON GRATA – “ART OF THE INVISIBLES”

Around the name NON GRATA there have been different hushes and shushes for a long time. Already from the point of view of death of conventionalization of art it has embodied the horrible and unwanted disembodiment of human person, from which the meaninglessness of nowadays art, is pouring out. For those, whose world of arts starts from the point, where the art world ends, NON GRATA has been a liberator, the orphic gap in the seemingly unalterable course, which however betrays us, it is a cure from incest. The main point of the group is ethical – it is the image of primitivism, impersonality and experimental creativity. The performances of the group take place according to the logic of avoiding codes. The presentations are physical texts, whose ways of orthography and reading are kept within limits of real actions by the groupmembers. Aesthetical and provocative challenges are represented in places, where the Art World doesn’t work.

http://www.nongrata.ee/

http://www.platform.fi/