ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival

The 16th ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival took place between 19th and 24th September 2017 in Kuopio, Finland. The festival has built a programme of projects around water as, this year, it has partnered with Our Water-Conscious Land, a project that proposes Finland, in its centenary year, should work as a global advocate for clean water and its preservation and conservation.  

Read the curatorial statement by Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan!

Download ANTI Festival 2017 programme pdf!


Tuesday 19.9.
12:00 – 18:00 Kuopio Market Square

Wednesday 20.9. – Thursday 21.9.
10:00 – 18:00 Kuopio Market Square

Friday 22.9. – Saturday 23.9.
09:00 – 18:00 Kuopio Market Square

Sunday 24.9.
10:00 – 14:00 Kuopio Market Square

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Tuesday 19.9. – Thursday 21.9.
12:00 – 18:00 G12 Gallery | Maaherrankatu 9

Welcome to the opening on Tue 19th at 12 am!

Friday 22.9. – Saturday 23.9. 
11:00 – 16:00 G12 Gallery | Maaherrankatu 9

Photographies and book preview

Gravitation marks a turn to a more intimate, direct approach in Haapoja’s practice. The series of c. 80 photographs are born from a personal urgency that bypasses discourse. Created at fast pace during a time of severe physical and emotional distress, the images reveal moments of desire, mortality, abandonment and agency, objectification and the desire to become an object. The exhibition presents selected prints from the series alongside a preview of the upcoming publication Gravitation (2017). Read more ▸

Tuesday 19.9. – Friday 22.9.
15:00 – 19:00 Provincial Courthouse (the yard) | Minna Canthin katu Street 64 A

Audio in Finnish only!

Kuopio Prison is placed near the city center. The prison accommodates 93 inmates; ordinary people whose lives and identities extend beyond the time of their sentencing. On the other side of the city there are high schools, from where young people graduate to become full members of a society in which imprisonment is a punishment for taking too many freedoms.

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Wednesday 20.9. – Friday 22.9.
13:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 19:00

The Law Office Karvinen, Sarkkinen & Sallinen | Kuninkaankatu Street 22 A, 5th floor

Participatory encounter for one participant at a time. Duration c. 2 hours.

As free subjects and legal persons we are capable of making contractual agreements with each other. A contract binds the participants to a reciprocal arrangement. A breach of contract results in legal action that is backed up by law. Many contracts give regulated access to a person’s body by the other party: surrogate mothers, sex workers or regular work contracts consist of mutual exchange that temporarily binds the other body to benefit the other.  Read more ▸

Tuesday 19.9.
17:00 Maria stage of Kuopio City Theatre | Niiralankatu Street 2

In 2016, Willoh S.Weiland and JR Brennan created the unforgettable production Artefact, performed with hundreds of local participants in Kuopio. The work has now being edited into a remarkable film to be screened during the festival week. Read more ▸

Tuesday 19.9.
Shopping centre Sektori | Puijonkatu Street 23

Cratère n°6899 is a performative approach to the element of Water.

Water is a material linked to the Universe and to the Earth. Read more ▸

Wednesday 20.9. starting at 12:00
Sunday 24.9.
 till 12:00
Valkeisenlampi pond

Every day at 14:00 & 18:00 Contact the artist on the Island by walkie-talkies & follow the live streaming here!

Island is a performance where the artist lives 5 days on a self-build raft, ‘the island’ connected to the outside world through a sporadic radio broadcast. Read more ▸

Wednesday 20.9.
10:00 – 13:00
Thursday 21.9. & Friday 22.9.
12:00 – 18:00
 Saturday 23.9.
10.00 – 16.00

Aapeli Shopping Centre | Kauppakatu 28

The year 2016 was the warmest year for ages, scientists say. The more slowly we react to the climate change, the more we loose. What is there to be done? How to make the invisible visible and bodily?  Read more ▸

Freight container at Freedom Square | Pyörönkaari Street 24, Petonen district:
Wednesday 20.9. – Thursday 21.9. 14:00 – 18:00

Freight container | Central Market Square:
Friday 22.9. 14:00 – 18:00
Saturday 23.9. 11:00 – 13:00 & 20:00 – 22:00

Welcome to the best dance party of your life. Your time starts…NOW!

JOF and a collection of local teens welcomes you to 10-Minute Dance Parties – a celebration of art and colour, costume and community, and the universal nature of dance! Read more ▸

Wednesday 20.9.2017
12:00 – 15:00 University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio | Yliopistonranta Street 1 E

This year, ANTI Festival will organise a seminar in collaboration with Our Water-Conscious Land project, The University of Eastern Finland and the brand design company Ad Kiivi. The seminar presents contributors from a range of disciplines united by a common interest in water. Read more ▸


ANTI Festival will be hosting the second Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio prior and during the festival. Four international artists will be exploring how digital technologies can augment socially engaged arts practices. Read more ▸

Saturday 16.9.
14:00 – 17:00 Pinari at Petonen district | Pyörönkaari Street 19

The Future DiverCities Lab Artists, Joseph O’Farrell, Anne Roquigny, Davor Sanvincenti, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Chris Higgins together with Anniina Aunola, Emma Fält, Eerika Jalasaho and Ilkka Kivelä, artists local to Kuopio

invite everyone to come and meet them and see what they are planning in Petonen!

Wednesday 20.9.
Starting at 14:00 Pinari youth centre | Pyörönkaari Street 19

This year, ANTI Festival takes the Future DiverCities Lab artists to suburb, to the Petonen district in Kuopio. The artists work in relationship with each other, the aims of the Future DiverCities project as well as with artists and communities local to Kuopio.

On Wednesday 20th, the Lab artists will arrange a Wheelie Jam and other enjoyable acts in collaboration with the local youth. This is for both young and adult people, welcome! Read more ▸

Wednesday 20.9. – Friday 22.9.
17:00 – 22:00 On-going screening
Koivula Villa & Sauna | Savisaari Street 61

Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in the East End of London is a steam baths where men meet to wash, eat and chat. Visited daily by culturally diverse groups, it’s where bathing rituals intertwine and collective memories are forged. Read more ▸

Thursday 21.9. & Friday 22.9.
13:00 – c. 14:30 Start at the Kuopio Market Square
15:00 – c. 16:30 Start at the Kuopio Market Square
17:00 – c. 18:30 Start at the Kuopio Market Square

Kuopio’s identity is shaped by its striking, watery location but Minty Donald and Nick Millar are also interested in the functional and less spectacular water infrastructure of the city: the people, drainage systems and treatment plants that process Kuopio’s drinking, waste and run-off water. Read more ▸

Thursday 21.9. – Friday 22.9. 14:00 – 19:00
Saturday 23.9. 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 24.9. 10:00 – 14:00

Bridge between Rönö and Varvisaari islands | Honkasaarentie Street 9

Meet us daily at 15:00 at the Festival Centre and we’ll walk together to Waterborne!

Waterborne is an audio work that uses lyrical narrative to describe the afterlife of the human body in water.

The work invites the listener to imagine and relocate their body below the surface, as it decays and dislocates on a journey from an urban canal, via a tidal river, and out to sea. Read more ▸

Thursday 21.9. & Friday 22.9.
15:00 – 20:00
Saturday 23.9.

12:00 – 17:00
Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi | Minna Canthin katu 16

Cleansing Service is a performance-based installation for one-on-one encounter. The artist River Lin invites audience members to participate the performance with the ceremony of ablution, removing traces of dirt, guilt, regret and the remnants of the day in a shared act of purification.

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Friday 22.9. & Saturday 23.9.
11:00 – 17:00 Kuopio Market Square

A woman on the street with outstretched arms, her t-shirt asks ‘Dance With Me.’ Will you accept her invitation? Read more ▸

Saturday 23.9.
11:00 – 14:00 Kuopio Market Square

Welcome to Kuopio party

Multicultural, community-building event with art, dance and music.

Experience your neighbours’ talents in art and culture!

Everyone is welcome! Read more ▸

A rare double CD curated in 2008 by artists Alan Dunn and Jeff Young distributed around the festival events!

The collection brings together a range of artefacts, with full permissions, including John Cage’s Water Music, Scanner, Fluxus events, student recordings, Hugh Le Caine, Pauline Oliveros and Asmus Tietchens. Read more ▸

Saturday 23.9.
20:00 till late Restaurant Intro | Kauppakatu Street 20

On Saturday 23rd, we announce the 2017 Winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art. The prize ceremony will be followed by a magical party, arranged in collaboration with a local music collective Humu-klubi! Read more ▸

Sunday 24.9.
14:00 Hotel Scandic pool | Satamakatu Street 1

Pond is a small retreat, where we gather around water and give ourselves into it.

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