Aboagora 2015 – DAY ONE, AUGUST 11th

November 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

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ATT TALA UT I OSÄKRA TIDER

I Tiina finns en ”hummer” med en klo!

Vi hör ett föredrag med must och märg.

Hon sår i oss idéer som kan gro.

Jag gifte mig som hon med Rosenberg.

Politiskt har vi inte samma färg

men samma syn på vad vi borde tro,

och bådas bakgrund knyter an till Sveri-

ge-Finland, båda verkar vara pro

den multikulturella samhällstanken

och tro på multisolidaritet

men inte den extrema högerflanken.

Var individ är multikulturell!

Det hjälper oss att se att öppenhet

är nyckeln till vår etiska appell.

                             EVANDER

NÄR LIVET SLUTAR

I tron och konsten närmar vi oss döden.

Hur kan vi finna kraft i ritualer?

Kan döda få ett skuggliv av tragöden

och sorgen öppna våra tårkanaler?

Blir kroppen aska, så att vi kan strö den

till liv i minnets tankar, när vårt skal är

förvandlat stoft i livets nya flöden?

Är liv och död samverkande rivaler?

Symboler blandas i ett stort spektakel.

För överlevnads skull begår vi dråpen.

Fast massdöd sker i alltför höga farter,

kan artens död ge rum för nya arter.

Vi ser processerna i mikroskopen,

men som personer är vi dock mirakel.

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FLOATING PLATFORMS

I källaren, där konstens flotte flyter,

får vi gå ner. Vi hör hur vågor bryter

mot Gotlandskustens stenar. Björnar ryter,

här växer inget, bara saprofyter.

En grav är kolsvart som ett grävlingsgryt är.

Vi tror oss ändå finna troglodyter,

stenåldersfynd från Ajvide som knyter

ihop vår fantasi med gamla myter

och halsband, för med långa tänder skryter

den störste jägaren om hur han snyter

var tand från oss i våldsamma dispyter.

Men är det till en annan tid vi byter?

I kunskapsmörker för ju du och jag

vår kamp för överlevnad än i dag.

                             EVANDER

All photographs by Otto Väätäinen, all sonnets by Erik Andersson

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Aboagora 2015 – DAY TWO, AUGUST 12th

November 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

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LONGING HOME

Our home is here, far in a star that gleams.

The longing to belong is often long.

A home is beauty ‒ find it in a song,

depict your past and future life in dreams!

We feel at home in nature, social teams,

until a revolution strikes the gong.

We claim a home in fury, like King-Kong.

Alas, it is not always what it seems.

For even Finnish saunas feel as frost,

if we can find no roots, if we have lost

our childhood land. We always start from there.

Identity is multiple. We always

find new connections, born in foreign hallways,

learn to remember. Home is everywhere.

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JAKOBINSK DEMOKRATI

Idéer föds ur ett historiskt brus.
Förtrycks ett folk, får en del lida mer,
är mänskors jämlikhet blott perifer,
kan vrede drabba månget adelshus.

Revolution kan krossa gott till grus,
vill bygga nytt – men terror river ner,
så olikt den planet i skyn vi ser
som lydigt återkastar solens ljus!

Den återvänder till sin gamla plats.
I spetsen för en stat har dygden satts
av jakobinen i demokratin.

Om lagar tämjt regering och armé,
är drömmen om kontroll ej helt passé,
men den kan hotas av en giljotin.

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FEYNMAN LOVE

What is a Feynman diagram of love?

Two particles collide in space and scatter,

The past is down, the future lies above.

The former is symmetric to the latter.

A boson is exchanged ‒ a flying dove ‒

and higher energies can make it fatter.

It’s hardly thrown in anger like a glove.

Reversing time make things to antimatter.

Is God described by Higgs as just a hatter

assigning masses in the emptiness,

when particles are wiggling in a ring?

Or is he rather someone playing chess,

following rules, combining everything,

like particles in love, which never splatter?

DARK ENERGY KITCHEN

Both energy and matter can be dark,

but when we study radiation ‒ light ‒

some matter is detectable by sight,

like sails in sunset show us Cutty Sark.

Hus Lindman offers a delicious bite:

We mix ingredients  ‒ five make a punch ‒

and eat the different mixtures hot for lunch.

If scientists’ predictions could be right,

the angels sing in heaven, while the lark

is seen on earth ‒ each time we make a mark!

When particles are studied in a bunch,

dark energy and matter have a fight,

expanding everything. Eternal night

will be the grim result ‒ no final crunch?

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Aboagora 2015 – DAY THREE, AUGUST 13th

November 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

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GREGORIAN CHANT

We touch and taste, we hear and see the singing,

we feel the echo of the church and choose

to pray to Christ or Virgin Mary, clinging

to the unvisible ‒ and letting loose.

We hear the angels sound, where they are swinging,

we study scriptures of Saint Thomas, whose

translation mirrors an enigma, bringing

him here. We do not trumpet like a goose!

We lift the tone and take it to our heart,

it penetrates us like a spear or dart,

in ground and soul we feel it resonating.

Like the vibrations of a metal rod,

Saint Thomas and his thoughts are still translating

 our humble singing into meeting God.

SIMON JOHNSON

I kyrkans dunkel skänker klangen ro.

Vi hör i kväll en engelsk organist.

Från Bach till Whitlock utgör Bridge en bro.

Inför fanfaren tycks han ge en frist.

Alains två danser ‒ speglar indisk tro?

Den nittiofjärde psalmen hörs till sist,

och när vi lyssnar, tycks den tanken gro

att Reubke var en tysk perfektionist.

Visst är en skicklig musiker vår gäst!

Han har haft ansvar för Saint Paul’s musik,

Svårt är att veta vad jag gillar bäst,

det kända älskade eller det nya,

men orgelns klang tycks bli en regnbågsrya

som värmer oss likt kvällens ljusmystik.

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Orgelns klang av ljus

i höga fönsterbågar

lövträdens dunkel

Se här rörelser

i svartvit klaviatur

bli osynlig kraft

Klockor som sjunger

tidlös skönhet gör livets

förgänglighet ‒ tom

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TACK TILL TOPI

Kring konst och kunskap talar svensk som finne,

i vågor går vårt samtalstorg, som sjön ska!

I frågeställningar är vi mitt inne ‒

då hör vi sång ur lövträdstoppens grönska.

Den konstens språk är ingen pellejönska.

Betydelsen får djup i lyssnarns sinne.

Vad större salighet kan vi väl önska?

Vi sörjer dock, när Topi byter pinne.

Åbo musikfestspel, Aboagora

har lyckligtvis haft Topi vid sin åra.

Ska nu vår farkost vräkas kring på ån?

Själv styr han vidare i Helsingforsen.

I nya tak får vi nu rita korsen.

Vi seglar fram på våra lärospån!

                             EVANDER

EXTREME EVENTS

When you encounter an extreme event,

‒ beginning, turn-point, end ‒ you have a feeling

of wonder. Still, you haven’t touched the ceiling:

a view is opened in your sentiment.

If you have caused it, maybe you repent,

but if you, facing death, is blessed with healing,

you’re lead to ask yourself: Is that revealing

that in our cosmos God is immanent?

What’s possible in logic ‒ is extreme!

So is infinity in mathematics,

our universe ‒ extreme reality.

Necessity arises, it would seem,

when arts combine with science acrobatics:

they stick together in eternity.

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All photographs by Otto Väätäinen, all sonnets by Erik Andersson

FLOATING PLATFORMS – Encounters between Performance Art and Science

August 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

Concluding seminar, November 3rd 2015, start 10:00
Turku City Main Library Studio, Linnankatu 2, 20100 Turku

Floating Platforms is a project discussing the questions related to the overlapping questions and encounters when performance art, science and research meet.

The Floating Platforms concluding seminar will offer a critical viewpoint into the project and the processes, its results and further discussion in the field of performance art and science.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone.
Please register here to reserve your place and servings.

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PROGRAMME

10:00 Floating Platforms: Project mentor Mari Krappala with Eeva Puumala, Márcio
Carvalho, Kurt Johannessen and Saana Svärd
12:00 Lunch break (at own cost)
13:00 Daniel Margulies, Association of Neuroesthetics, Berlin
14:00 Break
14:15 Irma Optimisti – video interview and performance
15:15 Coffee break (coffees included)
15:45 Rob La Frenais (writer, curator, Founding Member of the Arts Catalyst, London)
Interactive Skype connection & lecture
16:45 Concluding discussion & reception

The event is free of charge and open to everyone.
Please register here: https://konsta.utu.fi/Default.aspx?tabid=88&tap=2812

During 2015, six workpairs have experienced with unexpected encounters and dialogues in familiarization and residency periods and public outcomes during the Aboagora Symposium and New Performance Turku Festival. The fields of expertise were Assyriology, neuro science, sound archaeology, biology, cosmology and international politics.

What happens when performance art and sciences meet? Is the gap between the two an historical production or inherently given– is there a possibility for an equal exchange and dialogue as well as new and unexpected encounters?

The key purpose of the Floating Platforms project is to create platforms and possibilities for new kinds of encounters between performance art, science and humanities. The project, organized by the Aboagora Symposium and New Performance Turku Festival, provides means and perspectives for an equal dialogue and methodology between performance artists, scientists and researchers.

Speakers:

Daniel Margulies is the scientific director of Association of Neuroesthetics, Berlin and leader of the Max Planck Research Group “Neuroanatomy and Connectivity”. The Association of Neuroesthetics serves as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange, bridging various approaches to art and human experience, cultivating interdisciplinary efforts and encouraging both a dialogue and lasting cooperations between the arts and the sciences. The AoN e.V. is a non-profit organisation linked to Charité Medical University in Berlin, founded in 2009 by Charité leaders and by curators and neuroscientists from Paris, Munich and London with the aim to explore and nurture links between the arts and cognitive sciences from the broadest perspective.

Rob La Frenais is an independent contemporary art curator, working internationally and creatively with artists entirely on original commissions. For the last 17 years he was based at The Arts Catalyst, a UK Arts Council National Portfolio organisation in London, where, along with director Nicola Triscott he developed an ambitious artistic programme and built up an unparalleled creative team which has been responsible for some of the most innovative exhibitions and events, based on interactions between art and science, in the world. His most recent exhibition with the Arts Catalyst, Republic of the Moon opened last year on London’s South Bank and aspects of this are now touring internationally. As well as producing site-based works, The Arts Catalyst collaborates with institutions such as the European Space Agency, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Tate Britain and the Roundhouse and many other galleries and institutions.

Irma Optimisti is a performance artist and mathematician (PhD), who is specialized in chaos theory. She has worked with performance art since 1989 and presented over 160 performances in different parts of the world. Her works are often humoristic and deal with chaos, womanhood and combine the elements of mathematics and natural science with the bodily functions.

Mari Krappala is a writer and a researcher in contemporary art. She is a docent of cultural studies in the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki. Her PhD work dealt with contemporary art processes, photography and Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of the ethics of sexual difference. Mari Krappala is the mentor and the analyst of the Floating Platforms workpairs.

Eeva Puumala is a Postdoctoral Researcher of the Academy of Finland and a member of the research group on Corporeality, Movement, and Politics, at the Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere. Her research interests include Nancian philosophy, the body, the politics of mobility, and political agency. Eeva’s ongoing research project entitled ”The body as a vocabulary of the political” explores political communication and evolving relations between asylum seekers and the Finnish society in terms of events and acts. In order to explore the relational nature of political existence, Eeva seeks to develop a research methodology of exposure. Her work has appeared e.g. in Body & Society, International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies and International Studies Perspectives.

Kurt Johannessen works within performance artist’s books video and installations since the early eighties. His work is minimalist and poetic, and at times with a touch of humour. He is his own publisher and has produced more than
80 books, many of them translated into English. The books vary from just one sentence to short stories or just pictures. He has created 250 different performances and has presented his work extensively in Europe, and in some countries in Asia and America. In 2007 he had a larger exhibition, presenting installation video and performances in Bergen Art Museum.
See http://www.zeth.no for more info.

Saana Svärd is currently working at the University of Helsinki, Department of World Cultures, within the discipline of Assyriology. Her research is based on Mesopotamian written sources, mostly cuneiform writing on clay tablets. Her previous research has concentrated on women’s power in Mesopotamia, especially in the Neo-Assyrian Empire (roughly 900-600 BCE in what is now Iraq). Her current research project is “Construction of gender in Mesopotamia from 934 to 330 BCE” (funded by the Academy of Finland). The project focuses on the question: how did the ways of constructing gender change or stay the same in the shifting Empires of first-millennium Near East? She is also currently translating and interpreting texts written by women in Mesopotamia. Connected with that, she has a growing interest in meaning of words and the things lost in translation.

Márcio Carvalho is a Portuguese visual artist and an independent art curator, based in Berlin.He holds a master degree in performing arts at HZT/UDK Berlin and a master degree in Visual Arts at ESAD in Portugal. He is the co-founder and curator of the performance art program CO-LAB editions, in Savvy Contemporary, Berlin. Carvalho’s practice for the last five years have been focused on memory and its influences upon collective groups and individual people. Science and human behavior, network sciences, appropriation and fiction are some concepts and forms used by the artist to research on autobiographical, collective and cultural memory, and its impact into social, cultural, political and economic contemporary life. The multidisciplinary ability of crossing disciplines reframes his work in various formats such as live performance, film documentary, video art, photography and sculpture, always attempting specific relation with the context and site in which he is operating.

Falling Walls Lab Turku 2015 in pictures

August 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Falling Walls Lab Turku Aug 10th, 11am – Programme

August 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

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FALLING WALLS LAB TURKU 2015
Sibelius-museum, Piispankatu 17, Turku
Start: 11am

EVENT PROGRAMME

11:00 Opening words
11:15 Introduction of the Jury
11:30 4 presentations
12:30 Lunch in Hus Lindman
13:45 4 presentations
14:30 Coffee and Jury meeting
15:15 Award Ceremony
15:30 Press
16:00 Farewell Reception at the Wine Restaurant E.Ekblom, Läntinen Rantakatu 3, Turku

The event is hosted by Topi Lehtipuu, the artistic director of the Turku Music Festival and Helsinki Festival Week.

Jury members

Eva-Mari Aro, Academy Professor, Molecular Plant Biology, University of Turku
Tiina Rosenberg, Professor of Theatre Studies, Stockholm University
Saara Inkinen, Technology Transfer Manager, Åbo Akademi University
Johannes Brusila, Professor of Musicology, Åbo Akademi University
Mika Marjalaakso, CEO, Oak Ventures

Falling Walls Lab Turku contestants announced!

July 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

The second Falling Walls Lab Turku will be held on Monday 10th of August starting at 11am, at Sibelius Museum.

At the event, the twelve following candidates will be giving their presentations and one of them will be travelling to Berlin to share their idea. The event is free of charge and open for everyone, please welcome to join us here about the future breakthroughs! No registration required.

FALLING WALLS LAB TURKU 2015 CANDIDATES:

1. Daniel Schimmelpfennig (Turku School of Economics/Future Studies)
Breaking the Wall of Bicycle Day or Taking a Trip
Reflective/Future oriented thinking to find novelties and transformative ideas to save us and Earth.

2. Anas Aagel Salim Anali
Breaking the Wall of Durability of Tooth Restoration
Toward enhancing the quality and improving the durability of tooth restoration.

3. Hamed Ahmadinia (Åbo Akademi)
Breaking the Wall of Accounting and IKM
My idea is to present some of the positive aspects of using an appropriate IKM system in a company.

4. Ann-Charlotte Palmgren (Åbo Akademi)
Breaking the Wall of Girl Bloggers
How girl bloggers use tactics as resistance and form a subversive agency.

5. Ruo Jia (University of Turku)
Breaking the Wall of Catching the World
By using biodegradable ‘breathing’ nets to make trash collecting easier in water systems.

6. Jake McMullen (University of Turku)
Breaking the Wall of the Math Classroom
Opening up students to the mathematics that surrounds them through mobile technology.

7. Erika Halonen (Boost Turku/Åbo Akademi University)
Breaking the Wall of Business as Usual
A startup event bringing forth rebels, visionaries and game-changers from different fields.

8. Olga Engfelt (Åbo Akademi)
Breaking the Wall of in Search of Lost Myth: A Study of Alienation and Exile as a literary Construction in Parland’s childhood trilogy
My project attempts to explore the problems of alienation as an individual experience and as a literary construction in Oscar Parland`s childhood trilogy.

9. Chau Minh Truong (University of Turku)
Breaking the wall of Museum Knowledge
Specialised to children, the idea is to build museum visits in form of study “gameplay” experiences.

10. Mika Hämäläinen (University of Turku)
Breaking the Wall of New Sports
I will introduce a new sport.

11. Eudald Casals (Åbo Akademi University)
Breaking the Wall of Inefficiency
Times of efficiency: nanoparticle based solution for inefficient chemical and biological processes.

12. Daria Gritsenko (University of Helsinki)
Breaking the Wall of Shipping Industry
Empower consumers with a tool for selecting goods transported by quality ships #cleanshipping

The event is hosted by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, and organized by the Aboagora symposium.

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