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”Metvikens sopfest“, Vaasa by Light 2015

Project by Christoph Mügge, Platform residency november 2015
”Metvikens sopfest“ a blue, wooden construction seems to concurrently well out of three different garbage bins, and form a strong unity that also serves as pillars to support a tarpaulin.
The incorporated materials are a major part of the contemporary urban landscape and the various parts of mainly overlooked and decried parts of our everyday life are thoroughly arranged and intermingle in a transformative way that transcends both architectural and cultural hierarchies.
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Fading Smoke


A performance event organised by Hiroko Tsuchimoto. Food & mingle afterwards!
Thursday, 29 October at 7-9 pm.
at Technobothnia, Bomullgränd 3 / Puuvillakuja 3, Vaasa
No admission fee
(Better life and better future)

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Platform-Vaasa has a pleasure to invite you to the next 1+1 TALK with MARIA NORDBÄCK AND KRISTINA KRAMER, initiated by Sencer Vardarman, a residency artist of Platform.

Kristina Kramer and Maria Nordbäck will both meet for the first time and talk about their projects and approaches towards participatory practices in artistic production and exhibition making.

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1+1 talk with Britt Kootstra and Mary Cremin

Platform-Vaasa has a pleasure to invite you to the next 1+1 TALK with Mary Cremin and Britt Kootstra, initiated by Sencer Vardarman, a residency artist of Platform.

The talk will take the format of a conversation between the artist and the curator as a means to explore each of their practices through the use of visuals and exploring the parallels and convergences of their areas of research. They will discuss works in progress teasing out the process of making in terms of exhibition making and the production of artworks. The talk will be informal and will encourage more of an open dialogue with the audience.

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Vaasa 20X0

The VAASA 20X0 project culminated on September 3rd 2015 with a public walk visiting eight art works specifically produced for Vaasa. The artworks along the way were presented to the public by the artists. The walk started with the first art work in the public library and the second stop was at the market square statue of freedom and the by the neighbouring Tourist info. From there the walk continued to a seaside spot in front of the Vaasa prison and the last stops were in the park next to the Kuntsi museum and at the silos in the Inner harbour. The walk ended with a film screening and discussion at the Platform studio.


The works have been conceived by artists visiting the Platform residency program during 2014 and 2015 under the working title VAASA 20X0, with the aim to create possible scenarios, visions of and for a Vaasa in the future. The chosen artists took part in a workshop together with artists involved in Platform and other local actors. In the workshop the artists’ practices and interests were discussed, as well as local issues and circumstances for projects. At a later stage the artists returned to Vaasa to have an individual residency and work on their projects that finally were presented on the walk on the 3rd of September.

For information on each project see below.

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Stunder av / …hetkiä / Vasa

project for Vasa by Patrik Qvist, Platform residency january 2015

Each new place we visit bears traces and crumbs of places previously seen; places where we have
already been, where we feel at home.
The familiar superimposes itself onto the new.
We shield ourselves from the unknown and unexpected by relying on images from our archive;
scents, sounds and outlines of environments where we claim a sense of belonging. We look for
And yet for each new place visited, there is an imperfect match of that which is already seen and that which
is beheld for the very first time. This area…or is it a negative space? – let us call it an overlap: This
overlap holds the greatest potential for sensation in the most literal meaning of the word. The
familiar suddenly calls out for re-evaluation. That which appears new stirs up feelings of
remembrance and recall; uncertain whose. (Is it me or something I read?)

On-site installation, Handelsesplanaden ,Vasa Jan 23rd 2015

The aim of this project is to create a series of interventions in the urban landscape. Short texts
placed on buildings in public spaces with suggestions in two languages- Finnish and Swedish. (With
a possible future addition of English)
Moments of happiness. Moments of burning desire. Moments of indecision. Moments of dire need.
While each text is particular to a specific site / building, it should be noted that the selection is
purely subjective. In terms of urban planning- to ”add value” to a certain neighborhood is usually
done by improvements of infrastructure, housing or commercial interests. These are effective (albeit
usually costly and more often than not disruptive) instruments geared towards what has become a
mantra of an inevitable need for socioeconomic growth. This project seeks to investigate a light
handed way to reinvest in the existing spirit of a place by poetic suggestion.

On-site installation, Kyrkoesplanaden, Vasa, Jan 25th 2015


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Invitation to participate in Terry Riley’s In C


Platform is planning to have a performance of Terry Riley’s 1964 classic minimalistic music piece In C in Vaasa on Sunday, March 8th. We would like to invite you to join us in the performance, mostly because it’s such a fun to play in a big group of players and also because Riley himself says that the ideal (though not the only possible) amount of players for In C is somewhere around 35 musicians. More than that is no problem as long as we don’t have to rent an ice hockey arena for the performance.

The piece consists of 53 small melodic patterns, all played in sequence from 1 to 53 as many times as the player wants and whenever he or she wants. Nearly all the patterns are fairly easy, so you don’t need super virtuoso skills to play this music. What you need is the ability to listen everybody around you, some sense of rhythm and decent understanding of how this kind of music develops and works. Of course a very big help is to be able to read music. To In C you can bring whichever instrument you feel comfortable with, electric or acoustic. One guy plans to play the whole thing on his hurdy-gurdy! The performance in March in Vaasa will be at Kuula Institute’s hall, so 1-3 players can just come there and play the grand piano of the venue.

The score and the instructions you find here:

And here’s one version of the piece played by a Danish contemporary music group. You can find plenty of others (better or worse) in Youtube, Spotify and Naxos library:

But it’s said that ”the best performance of In C is the one your local new-music ensemble will give sooner or later.” That ensemble being us this time!

We will have at least one rehearsal for those unsure of their skills and/or for those who just want to play through the passages early enough. Maybe play the whole piece through lightly, too. A little bit like getting the brains adjusted. That would be in February, well before the spring holiday season. Other February rehearsals are optional. On the performance week we should have a rehearsal in Vaasa at least on Friday the 6th for all possible players and on Saturday the 7th at the day time for everybody involved.

This is the only performance now, but next autumn (September most likely) there’s a chance to have a retake on In C with the dancers of Liisa Pentti Dance Company.

So let us know by sending an email to if you or someone you know became interested to participate and join the Platform New Music Forces for this concert. See you all soon, here and there, on soil and in C!


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Residency Program


Dear artists of the universe, it’s now possible to apply for a Platform residency. The deadline is 6th of February 2015. Read more here.

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