ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival
Aria is an Aeolian harp, the sound of which is aplified with piezoelements and an amplifier. The Aeolian harp is an ancient instrument. The first description of it can be found in Athanasius Kircher’s works Musurgia Universalis and Phonurgia Nova from 1650. The same phenomenon occurs when phonelines sing. You could hear it pressing your ear against a wooden telephone pole on a windy weather. Read more ▸
Franco has made acquintance on the Internet with a habitant of Kuopio, Miss X, who knows the ANTI-festival and appreciates the yearly event very much. Moreover, while she does not have a proper idea of why people there organise this international art event, she said that she is thrilled by it and wants somehow to be a part of it. Read more ▸
Cottanceau’s aim is to set the spectator in motion. His/her movement IS the performance. His/her movement creates fiction: his/her own history facing the pre-history of the “two first” who have paved the way. Whilst moving, the spectator faces games with textures or fragments like palimpsests of places preserved by the ice – a human being’s fragility facing the space.
FrenchMottershead present three interactive experiences, created in collaboration with local experts, who lead participants to actively explore their connection to the forest. From a choice of three: Fishing, Orienteering and Weaving, each experience offers participants an opportunity to play with the order of things in the forest on Karhonsaari. Each of the workshops is organized three times, and 15 people can attend at a time. Sign up beforehand or on the day, if spaces are left.
IC-98 has lately tried to map the (historical) moments that seem to open a variety of possibilities. Usually one path is formed from this variety that inevitably seems to lead to the point we stand in now. At the same time a great amount of possibilities disappear, is lost or actively forgotten. Yet the present time is part of history that is not ready.
This piece describes a state of mind after losing someone close to you. The person is cut off from his kind and the mind is injured. Crisis is a lonely process. A person needs his peers, a surface to reflect on, and when the peer is gone the contact is empty. Still the urge to talk exists.
A large selection of vendance representing different faiths will be sold at the Fishmarket for a two-day period. These include Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, Jewish, Hindu and Islamic vendance. This piece leads the people shopping for fish to face new questions. Read more ▸
Birds of Passage is a documentary community and video work that deals with globalisation from the point of view of a small, remote town. It explores migratory movements, an individual’s relationship with his place of living, young people’s expectations and fears regarding the future and the means with which they strive to plan and direct this future.
Kultura is a corporeal and durational performance, which is process-based and site-specific. The question posed by the performance is the foundation of culture: bodies, food, environment, spaces and territories. These elements create multiple relationships of control, possessiveness, love, violence, helplessness, communality and joy. Read more ▸
Joku Kohta Tanssii is an artistic concept and a series of the artist’s questions with which to explore being in society and living by the means of art and dance. The preferred points of view are corporality and experientialism. Movements/gestures and clothes have a lot in common. They can circulate from a maker/user to another and we can consider ourselves their owners. Gestures, movements, clothes and other external signs are part of the performance of everyday life and of the interaction in relation to each other and ourselves.
Monkey King (Sun Wukong) is a renowned classical Chinese novel written some four hundred years ago. “Monkey King” was based on a true story of a famous Chinese monk, Xuan Zang (602-664). After years of trials and tribulations, he travelled on foot to what is today India, the birthplace of Buddhism, to seek for Sutra, the Buddhist holy book. When he returned to China he started to translate the sutras into Chinese, making a great contribution to the development of Buddhism is China. Read more ▸
Chameleon is a compilation of photograps through which Mikkonen studies the relationship of performing art and documentation. It is a series of actions and gestures that she will do in all the locations of the festival while the camera records them. They are mini performances whose audience is the capturing eye of the camera. At the same time they are poses, images created for the camera. Only the recording of the works will be presented to the actual festival audience when they achieve an independent status despite their documentary nature.
More of the same is a key factor in Oblivia’s latest work in which bodies and meanings are multiplied. Bodies Are No Good was premiered in May 2005 at the Cable Factory in Helsinki. At the ANTI-festival they present a live-radio event for four performers, gaffer-tape and cd. The performance can also be viewed live. Oblivia is known for its minimalistic works in which space and form create meaning.
The three televisions in the allotments broadcast a picture of the garden. Ants and ladybirds can now experience the rhythm of the video world in their own habitat. The picture that slides from representative into abstract and back again shows a different view of the familiar scenery.
For a period of up to one and half hours, performance artist Joshua Sofaer will improvise characters from a list of categories randomly supplied by a computer software package. There are 24,192 possible formations that the Monologue Machine can offer; but no one knows which it will select! Read more ▸
Wrestling is fun, especially when experimenting with the anti-anti tension caused by random acts of consumption. Ange Taggart founder of My Dad’s Strip Club will be in the Red Cross store, carrying out anti-experiments, meeting the customers and giving presentations inspired by the shoppers and products on sale. Read more ▸
The blackout concerts focus on listening attentively to the existing continous flat sounds present in the chosen venues as they are gradually switched off based on their situation and intensity. Ultimately the maximum level of silence is reached. By doing so, we experience the surgical dissection of the ambient sounds pervasive throughout our lives: the random mass of blows and hums that fill the rooms where machines are running at work and at home. During the process of gradually switching off these machines and lights, we experience the discovery of soundscapes more clear and defined, each time holding greater presence of silence. Read more ▸