Fixit by Kaino Wennerstrand selected as the Face to Faith production of ANTI Festival 2022

Face to Faith is an international cooperation project aiming to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies. In early 2021, the project organised an international open call for artists on the topic of faith.

We received over 400 proposals from all around the world, and 130 of them were submitted to ANTI Festival. The curatorial process included several steps; pre-selection by the artistic directors, a local audience panel in each project city and a curatorial meeting between the project partners.

Fixit by the Finnish artist Kaino Wennerstrand was selected as the Face to Faith production of ANTI Festival, Kuopio, Finland. The work will premier at ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival in September 2022.

Fixit is a show about the European Union. Who wanted it and why? Where’s it going and who’s on board? Fixit is searching for answers to these questions through new pop songs, composed for the performance. The performance is directed and composed by Kaino Wennerstrand, a Finnish artist and writer.

All selected Face to Faith artists on the project website: face-to-faith.eu/news/results-open-call !

FACE TO FAITH 2020-2023

FACE TO FAITH is a larger scale cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project runs from September 2020 till February 2023 and aims to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies through conferences and performance arts productions.

The project consortium includes seven international theatres and festivals:

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival (Finland)
Divadlo pod Palmovkou (Czech Republic)
Gesher Theatre (Israel)
Jam Factory Art Center (Ukraine)
Sommerblut Kulturfestival eV (coordinator, Germany)
Teatro dei Venti (Italy)
Teatr Powszechny (Poland)

www.face-to-faith.eu

Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram!

For further information, contact Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005


To celebrate its 20th anniversary, ANTI showcases the most memorable photos of the festival

Photos: Pekka Mäkinen

ANTIVERSARY 20 is a two-part exhibition by photographer Pekka Mäkinen and videographer Kim Saarinen that takes place in Kuopio’s new public cultural space Kantti and online.

The 20th ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 14th and 19th September 2021 in Kuopio, Finland. The exhibition by Pekka Mäkinen and Kim Saarinen celebrates the 20-year success story of the festival and its role in developing live art as well as urban culture in Kuopio.

Photographs by Mäkinen and videos by Saarinen not only tell the story of the festival but also provide a view into live art and public art from North Savo, Finland and other countries and show how these have developed over the years. The exhibition presents a group of artists representing diverse backgrounds and various fields who have worked at the festival in the past 20 years. It also provides an interesting snapshot of Kuopio’s history; how the urban landscape has changed and the local people become more diverse.

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The full festival programme will be released during the spring. We’ve already engaged a few amazing, impossible and spectaculous projects that we present below!

 

Veera Launonen & Ilkka Kivelä (FI): The Collectors

The Collectors is a series of video pieces scattered across Kuopio’s urban spaces dealing with memories, emotions and dreams for the future related to urban spaces and outdoor areas.

The Collectors reflects on how you can perceive your own living environment and home town with brand new eyes. The work process was based on local activities and an ecological ideology that involves consuming as little as possible. Ilkka Kivelä and Veera Launonen see local materials and soil as a gift for them as artists and local residents.

You can come across the piece on advertising screens around Kuopio’s public spaces; the market square, universities and shopping centres as well as the ANTI Festival Centre.

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Photo: Iiro Rautiainen

Reality Research Center, Emelie Zilliacus & Martin Paul (FI): Exhibit

Would you go to a performance you know nothing about?

This is an impossible performance, no-one knows the content of it, not even the festival arrangers. The artists Emelie Zilliacus and Martin Paul have been given a chance by the Reality Research Center and the ANTI festival to make a performance without sharing any details about the piece.

The artists have thought about how the bureaucracies governing the funding of the art field have a negative effect on creative work. Artists have to justify their art in funding applications, reports and marketing. They have experienced that this has the effect of draining the creative process. Artists have to present the answers before even having explored the questions.

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Häiriköt-päämaja (FI): Spectacle Academy

Kantti, library’s exhibition space | Maaherrankatu 12

We are living in a society of spectacles where a glossy facade is often considered more important than its content. One of the ways this spectacle manifests itself in is through advertising. Adverts guide our behaviour and affect how we live our lives. Adverts create desires, which we aim to satisfy by buying products.

However, we are more than just the sum of our consumer habits and should take a critical look at our purchases and the communications that influence these.

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Newsletter 03-04/2021

The 20th ANTI Festival
Global City Local City Lab Reykjavík
ANTI Festival’s new board

The 20th ANTI Festival

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival takes place in Kuopio between 14th and 19th September 2021. As we approach our 20th festival, amid these challenging times, we turn to an idea that sits at the heart of ANTI Festival’s mission – free to attend for audiences, the festival is framed from within an idea of a gift. We celebrate two decades of activity, to think through the founding principle of the festival – to give, to be in the act of giving. As usual, the festival participates in various topical discussions and shakes our notions on the human, the society and the arts.

The leading work of the 2021 ANTI Festival is A Great Mess by the Helsinki based art collective, WAUHAUS. The site-sensitive performance transports us to a waste disposal site – the largest landfill in the Eastern Finland. It offers a glimpse into a world where humans no longer see themselves as the centre of the universe.

We’ve also released the new work by Dana Michel, the 2019 Winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art. VANESSA VECTOR WILLIAM DODGER is a live film project by the Canadian Dana Michel and Tracy Maurice.

The full festival programme will be released during the spring.

Global City Local City Lab Reykjavík

The second Global City Local City Lab is organised by the  Reykjavík Dance Festival between 8th and 18th April 2021. The first GCLC Lab was organised in October 2020, in the context of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival.

Artists and curators in Reykjavík and around the world work together to explore hyper-localised or locally-responsive approaches to place, local histories, situations or conditions. They experiment, research and share knowledge and practices together.

Global City Local City (link) is a collaboration project between ANTI Festival (coordinator) in Kuopio, Finland, Reykjavík Dance Festival in Iceland and The Map Consortium in the United Kingdom.

The Reykjavík lab participants are:

Wiola Ujazdowska – Reykjavík, Iceland
Gígja Jónsdóttir – Reykjavík, Iceland
Nína Hjálmarsdóttir – Reykjavík, Iceland
Erik DeLuca – Reykjavík, Iceland
Andrea Vilhjálmsdóttir – Reykjavík, Iceland
Rima Najdi – Berlin, Germany
Chiara Organtini – Terni, Italy
Taija Jyrkäs – Oulu, Finland
Tiina Pehkonen – Kainuu, Finland
Anna-Maria Väisänen – Kuopio, Finland
Erin Boberg Doughton – Portland, US
Subashini Ganesan – Portland, US

Hosted by the Reykjavík Dance Festival, and facilitated by Chris Higgins, Martin Gent and Karen Da Silva
from The Map Consortium.

Global City Local City Lab Reykjavík. Photo: Carlo Cupaiolo

ANTI Festival’s new board

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival Association organised an annual meeting on 30th March 2021. The members of the association selected new board members who represent various fields of the the society.

CEO Jenni Rissanen (in the photo) continues as the Chair of Board,
and the other members of the board (2021-2022) are:

Director Johanna Haapakorva
Activist Savu Kimalle (new)
Advocate Karoliina Partanen
Youth Counselor Janna Savallampi
Project Manager Sanna Sutinen
R&D Specialist Jyri Wuorisalo

You as well may join our association, read here (link) how to apply for the membership!

Jenni Rissanen. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen 2020

Dana Michel, the 2019 Winner of the Live Art Prize presents a new work at the 2021 ANTI Festival

Media release 8.4.2021

Dana Michel, the 2019 Winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, is currently creating a new work to be premiered at ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival taking place between 14th and 19th September 2021 in Kuopio, Finland.

VANESSA VECTOR WILLIAM DODGER is a live film project by the Canadian Michel and Tracy Maurice. Due to the pandemic situation, the film will be shot and created entirely in Canada. ANTI Festival will host the premiere of the film and an Artist Talk with Dana Michel in Kuopio during the festival in September. Read Michel’s reflections on the project here (link)!

Dana Michel is an internationally renowned, award-winning live artist whose works interact with the expanded fields of improvisation, choreography, sculpture, comedy, hip-hop, cinematography, techno, poetry, psychology, dub and social commentary to create a centrifuge of experience. In 2019, she was awarded the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art; the prize jury states on her work:

”Dana Michel makes work in order to see better and know better. —
Everything matters, everything sounds, everything vibrates into our shared experience.”

Working group & Production

Created by Dana Michel & Tracy Maurice. Dana Michel is an associated artist of Par B.L.eux.

Produced by the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, organised by ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, in collaboration with Par B.L.eux.

Funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

Dana Michel is the 2019 Winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art.

 

For more information, contact Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005.

 

 


WAUHAUS (FI): A Great Mess

Media release 31.3.2021

The leading work of the 2021 ANTI Festival investigates the interdependencies of humans, nature and material.

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival takes place in Kuopio between 14th and 19th September 2021. As we approach our 20th festival, amid these challenging times, we turn to an idea that sits at the heart of ANTI Festival’s mission – free to attend for audiences, the festival is framed from within an idea of a gift. We celebrate two decades of activity, to think through the founding principle of the festival – to give, to be in the act of giving. As usual, the festival participates in various topical discussions and shakes our notions on the human, the society and the arts.

The leading work of the 2021 festival is A Great Mess by the Helsinki based art collective WAUHAUS. The site-sensitive performance transports us to a waste disposal site – the largest landfill in the Eastern Finland. It offers a glimpse into a world where humans no longer see themselves as the centre of the universe.

A Great Mess looks at how the place came into being through the interaction of soil, waste, countless organisms, and human imagination. The performance visualises how the vast web of interdependencies, in which we exist with other species, has gradually evolved and continues to evolve each day. It is not a narrative lamenting the destruction wreaked by modernisation but a sincere effort to fathom how we can foster new life skills in the era of eco-crisis.

The full ANTI Festival programme will be released during the spring.

Working group & Production

Creation: (the members of WAUHAUS): Laura Haapakangas, Anni Klein, Samuli Laine, Jussi Matikainen & Jarkko Partanen

Performers: Per Ehrström & Sara Grotenfelt

Additional contributions by: evolutionary biologist Aura Raulo, light designer Sofia Palillo & producer Mira Eskelinen

Production: HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki Biennial, ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival & WAUHAUS

More information

Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005

In cooperation with Jätekukko Oy, Kuopio, Finland.


Face to Faith Open Call deadline extended!

Media release 5.3.2021

Face to Faith Open Call for Proposals – deadline extended till 14th March 2021. Submit your application now!

Face to Faith is an international cooperation project aiming to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies. 7 project partners – international theatres and festivals from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland and Ukraine – will investigate “faith” through conferences and performance arts productions.

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is a proud partner of this 2-year-long project, co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme. Read more about the project below.

We now invite all interested artists from all backgrounds to propose new project ideas related to the topic of faith.

The Face to Faith project involves producing 7 new performance productions, with each of the 7 project partners managing one of the productions. After the premiere held by the producing partner organisation, the project will tour each production in at least one other Face to Faith partner city. The productions will premier between October 2021 and September 2022.

Submitting a proposal

In response to numerous questions and requests, we have extended the deadline.
The new deadline is: 14 March 2021 (midnight CET time)

Read the full application guidelines (link) on the Face to Faith project page and make sure that your proposal fits the idea and conditions of the project.

Submit an application to one of the 7 Face to Faith partners using an electronic form. Links to the electronic application forms can be found in each organisation’s announcement (on the project page).

See here how to submit application for ANTI Festival! Also notice the Q&A (link), commonly asked questions and answers.

The questions of equality, diversity and anti-racism are a fixed part of our curatorial process. We particularly encourage artists with diverse and marginalised backgrounds to submit their proposals to us!

FACE TO FAITH 2020-2023

FACE TO FAITH is a larger scale cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project runs from September 2020 till February 2023 and aims to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies through conferences and performance arts productions.

The project consortium includes seven international theatres and festivals:

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival (Finland)
Divadlo pod Palmovkou (Czech Republic)
Gesher Theatre (Israel)
Jam Factory Art Center (Ukraine)
Sommerblut Kulturfestival eV (coordinator, Germany)
Teatro dei Venti (Italy)
Teatr Powszechny (Poland)

www.face-to-faith.eu

Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram!

For further information, contact Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005


Newsletter 01-02/2021

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is a proud partner of the 2-year-long Face to Faith project, co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme. We’ve been starting the year with the Face to Faith activities!

Face to Faith is an international cooperation project aiming to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies. 7 project partners – international theatres and festivals from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland and Ukraine – will investigate “faith” through conferences and performance arts productions.

See below:

Face to Faith: Open Call for Proposals / Deadline 7th March

Face to Faith Conference: What do we believe in? / 2nd March

Face to Faith: Open Call for Proposals

We invite all interested artists from all backgrounds to propose new project ideas related to the topic of faith.

The Face to Faith project involves producing 7 new performance productions, with each of the 7 project partners managing one of the productions. After the premiere held by the producing partner organisation, the project will tour each production in at least one other Face to Faith partner city. The productions will premier between October 2021 and September 2022.

Submitting a proposal

The proposal deadline is: 7 March 2021 (midnight CET time)

Read the full application guidelines on the Face to Faith project page and make sure that your proposal fits the idea and conditions of the project.

Submit an application to one of the 7 Face to Faith partners using an electronic form. Links to the electronic application forms can be found in each organisation’s announcement (on the project page).

See here how to submit application for ANTI Festival!

Face to Faith Conference: What do we believe in?

Tuesday 2nd March 9.30 am. – 4.30 pm. (CET) with lunch break

The first conference of the Face to Faith project is an introduction to the themes of the project. We have already engaged members of our communities, from all over the Europe, to the discussion, and will share their perspectives in the conference.

We now invite our audiences and partners as well as artists to participate in the web conference and to interact with the project team!

For more information and conference programme, please visit the Face to Faith website and join our Facebook event!


FACE TO FAITH: Open Call for Proposals

Media release 28.1.2021

“At the core of faith there is always a greater narrative that places us in the universe.”

Face to Faith is an international cooperation project aiming to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies. 7 project partners – international theatres and festivals from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland and Ukraine – will investigate “faith” through conferences and performance arts productions.

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is a proud partner of this 2-year-long project, co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme. Read more about the project below.

We now invite all interested artists from all backgrounds to propose new project ideas related to the topic of faith.

The Face to Faith project involves producing 7 new performance productions, with each of the 7 project partners managing one of the productions. After the premiere held by the producing partner organisation, the project will tour each production in at least one other Face to Faith partner city. The productions will premier between October 2021 and September 2022.

Submitting a proposal

The proposal deadline is: 7 March 2021 (midnight CET time)

Read the full application guidelines (link) on the Face to Faith project page and make sure that your proposal fits the idea and conditions of the project.

Submit an application to one of the 7 Face to Faith partners using an electronic form. Links to the electronic application forms can be found in each organisation’s announcement (on the project page).

See here how to submit application for ANTI Festival!

The questions of equality, diversity and anti-racism are a fixed part of our curatorial process. We particularly encourage artists with diverse and marginalised backgrounds to submit their proposals to us!

FACE TO FAITH 2020-2023

FACE TO FAITH is a larger scale cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project runs from September 2020 till February 2023 and aims to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies through conferences and performance arts productions.

The project consortium includes seven international theatres and festivals:

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival (Finland)
Divadlo pod Palmovkou (Czech Republic)
Gesher Theatre (Israel)
Jam Factory Art Center (Ukraine)
Sommerblut Kulturfestival eV (coordinator, Germany)
Teatro dei Venti (Italy)
Teatr Powszechny (Poland)

www.face-to-faith.eu

Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram!

For further information, contact Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005


200 proposals from around the world for the 20th ANTI Festival

Media release 18.1.2021

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 14th and 19th September 2021 in Kuopio, Finland. As we approach our 20th festival, amid these challenging times, we turn to an idea that sits at the heart of ANTI Festival’s mission – free to attend for audiences, the festival is framed from within; its name translates from the Finnish as ‘gift’.

We invited artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage with the theme of gift and gift giving. The open call was organised between 15th December 2020 and 15th January 2021. We received exactly 199 proposals from 50 different countries.

The 20-year old ANTI Festival, Kuopio, live art and multidisciplinary contemporary art have audiences across the globe, in every continent. Proposals were submitted, besides from several European countries, from the United States, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Israel and Mozambic, among others.

200 times thank you to all the applicants! The festival programme will be released during the spring.

For more information contact Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005

#ANTIisagift

Submit proposal for ANTI Festival 2021 by 15th Jan, 4 pm. (EET) – See also Reality Research Center’s Call for Applications

Media release 11.1.2021

The 20th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 14th and 19th September 2021 in Kuopio, Finland. We now invite artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage with the theme of gifts and giving.

As we approach our 20th festival, amid these challenging times, we turn to an idea that sits at the heart of ANTI Festival’s mission – free to attend for audiences, the festival is framed from within; its name translates from the Finnish as ‘gift’.

In addition see below for Reality Research Center’s call for applications to the Residency for Impossible Performance initiative.

“What better time, as we celebrate two decades of activity, to think through the founding principle of the festival – to give, to be in the act of giving. When working on ANTI we have often returned to the idea of the pure gift – an act which is not elicited, not bought, not reciprocated, not anticipated perhaps, but instead breaks our more usual models of exchange, it disrupts and often makes us uncomfortable. It doesn’t require anything in return, its value is not expressed by what might be offered back, instead it sets up a different kind of exchange, a different kind of encounter. Ideas of giving evoke similarly challenging acts – to give care, to give attention, to give one’s self,”

Artistic Directors Gregg Whelan and Johanna Tuukkanen write.

We are seeking to identify between two and five small scale projects, through the open call. Supported projects will sit within a broader programme of invited works.

Successful projects will engender engagement with audiences and publics and will have a physical manifestation on the ground in Kuopio – remote and digital projects can be proposed however an element of the project must engage directly with the festival’s local audience and environment.

Submitting a Proposal for ANTI Festival 2021

Read the application guidelines carefully before submitting your proposal.

Send your proposal by using this electric form.

The proposal deadline for all proposals is 15.1.2021 at 16.00 (EET/Finnish time). PLEASE NOTE time differences!

Reality Research Center: Call for Applications

The Residency Program for Impossible Performance invites applications from artists at the beginning of their career or people with an otherwise utopian agenda who work in performing arts in Finland and who have dreams that haven’t come true yet.

The program is part of the main programme of Reality Research Center in 2019-2021.

Reality Research Center will select the artists for the residency through an open application process and each year the Artists in Residency will produce an “impossible”, unprecedented performance for the ANTI Festival in September.

The application period for the 2021 residency is 15 Dec 2020 – 17 Jan 2021. Read further instructions from Reality Research Center’s webpage!