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Solid Grey / minim (Diana Dulgheru, RO)

The result of a one month Platform residency in Vaasa, Finland, the audiovisual project Solid Grey focuses on finding a direct, abstract translation of the specific Finnish architecture of the blocks of flats into sound and visual forms. The relation between space and form which is as important as the volumetric shape, the basic building volume, the compact forms and plans were sources of fascination and served as a foundation for this audiovisual reflection.

Audiovisual performance in the former teater Casa, Kasarmintori, Artellikuja 4, 65100, Vaasa.
September 16 at 19:00

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Platform Live: Night of the arts – Roll don’t Ride

The Platform Live-events have contained a vast array of experimental performative art during the past years, on later days the events have focused on performance-art and sound. On the Night of the arts Platform will be engaging and rethinking the public space by occupying a piece of Kirjastonkatu. Instead of cars riding down the street we will have people on 8 wheels rolling to the sweet tunes of disco.

DJ Mesa-Vatti is taking his freshly collected Disco vinyl’s out for a spin so interesting vibes are sure to ensue. Quad-skates and protective gear can be borrowed at the site. You can also bring your own rollerblades!

 

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Ether: Water

Ether: Water is the ninth event in an internationally collaborative art series with an emphasis on experimental sound performance.
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Performances from:

–Arvid van der Rijt–

–Dråsa (US)–

“Water is uncapturable, but also contained and commodified. At its stillest, it can be stagnant, reflective, serene. Yet, if you try to immortalize the peace, it is disturbed. The glass shifts to fluid and the tranquil clarity is transforms into murky, obscured depths of terror. As we create, we simultaneously destroy, disrupt, and displace. We sink in and drown. Our waterlogged bodies are carried by the currents and we assimilate into the tumultuous force.”

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Protest songs across Kvarken

TAIKE Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Artists association MUU, Platform, Vita Kuben and Konstfrämjandet Västerbotten co-operate in arranging two screening- and networking events on both sides of Kvarken, in Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden.

The first of the events takes place on the 5th of June in Umeå, in Konstfrämjandet Västerbotten at 16.00, beginning with a videoscreening and artist talk which are part of the Performance Voyage 7 tour. Artists gather to discuss themes of performance and activism central to Performance Voyage 7, and regional artist Marika Räty from TAIKE presents the project LADAF, Live Art Development Agency Finland.

The tour continues the next day in Vaasa, Finland, where a screening and artist talk is arranged in Platform studio at 18.00 on the 6th of June.

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John Grzinich – Bothnia ice flows

Much attention has been devoted to ‘the north‘ in recent years due to the impending issues surrounding the notion of ‘climate change’. While there is a good deal to be debated as far as the extent to which climate change will affect us there is also a need for observation, to understand just who “we” are and what are “we” confronting. In my case, the residency at Platform in Vaasa Finland was the second point in a series of observational outings concerning climate, geography and human culture, particularly in the sub-arctic civilized areas of northern Europe (the first was in Iceland in March/April 2016). In Vaasa, the focus became about ‘ice’ and the role ice plays in culture and industry on the Bay of Bothnia during its seasonal freeze every winter.

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Pekko Käppi, Tomutonttu, Soundi Mozard & The Bodybuilderz

 

Pekko Käppi

Platform and Filmverkstaden collaborated in organizing an end of the year event at the old soapfactory in Palosaari. The night was full packed with great music, visuals and screenings by Filmverkstaden. The event was also a celebration for the old factory, as it will be demolished in the near future.

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Nina Svensson – How many hectares do you have?

 

How many hectares do you have? A study in future forestry and ownership relations.

Background

What if people from Timrå were given three hectares of forest. They could plant, take care, thin and fell the trees to get timber for more art halls. Everyone would be able to build their own institution. Plans are already made to be ordered, no building permissions are needed and the timber will be free. How many 25 ²m art halls may be built of 3 hectares of forest and when can the first one be built? Will the people of Timrå grow Christmas Trees for faster profits and instead buy the wood needed for the project? Or will they make an effort and grow wholesome and safe pine for maximum return on investment, around the year 2095.

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Roland Farkas – Refugees welcome

Roland Farkas’s project ‘Refugees Welcome’ realized at the Platform’s Artist in Residence program deals with the vicissitudes of refugees arriving to Europe. Their welcome differs in each country of the European Union – from barbed wires to arrests, from heartily welcome through indifference to hostility, from refugee camps to integration language courses. The project points out the anomalies of the system, explores the phenomena of migration and the utopian aspects of integration.

Roland Farkas (b. 1975, Slovakia) studied at the Intermedia Department of Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. He is interested in the effect of cultural specificities on human values in a broader sense. The primary subject of his work is the critical discussion of artistic, social and economic phenomena as well as the network of relationships between these phenomena and the processes of transformation, disappearance and entropy. He lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

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