Programme & Venues

Event schedule at Oodi 8.9.2023

Doors open

Welcome to the Together Again Festival, hosted by Jani Toivola!

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Join us for a coffee and chat before the festival officially opens!

Jani Toivola is a writer, actor and performer based in Helsinki Finland. He served as an MP from 2011 to 2019. He is the first black member of the Finnish Parliament. As a politician he is known for his work on human rights, equality, inclusive education and championing the LGBTIQ-issues in the political arena.

Welcome & Opening words

Opening Words by by Susanna Pettersson, CEO of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Jaakko Nousiainen, Director of the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland presents Together Again.

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Susanna Pettersson (she/her) is the CEO of The Finnish Cultural Foundation. She held the position of the director general of Sweden’s National Museum 2018-2023. Before that, she has worked as the director of Ateneum Art Museum/Finnish National Gallery, the Finnish Institute in London, the Alvar Aalto Foundation, and the Alvar Aalto Museum, and has held various posts at the Finnish National Gallery.

Jaakko Nousiainen (he/him) is the Director of the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland. He has worked as a project manager and a producer, studied digitalisation of the performing arts, directed and scripted new opera for smart phones and tablets. His stage productions have been shown in Helsinki, London, Berlin and Tokyo. Nousiainen is a digital and new media expert, and he has a special interest in combining art and new technologies.

Time: 10:15-10:40
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Speakers: Susanna Pettersson, Jaakko Nousiainen

Livestream begins.

Screening

Interview with Uwa Iduozee about his work Not yet, but I like painting.

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Uwa Iduozee‘s project “Not yet, but I like painting”, was developed during a six-week residency in the Cerco neighbourhood, in Cercar-te, Porto.

Pairing portraiture with Google translate conversations the author had with the youth of Cerco, this project explores spaces of dreaming, imagination and community, and the ways in which they intersect with the concept of “growing up” in an environment of economic and social precarity.

The photography series was exhibited at Bienal’23 Fotografia do Porto, 19 May to 2 July 2023 and as part of PHotoESPAÑA in Madrid, 8 June to 1 September 2023.

Uwa Iduozee’s commission for Together Again is realised in collaboration with The Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid.

Learn more about Iduozee’s work and read his full bio. 

Talk

Making art with and through communities

Followed by Q&A.

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Led by Julian Owusu, the talk focuses on the processes of making art with and as part of communities. Presenting projects created as part of Together Again, Kairos Collective, Aapo Nikkanen and Léa Domingues, and the Post Theatre Collective engage in a dialogue about the processes employed in their projects, and their views on the strengths and challenges of collaborative community-led art practices.

Julian Owusu (he/him) is a multifaceted artist whose artistic core lies in community building practices, pedagogy, Hip Hop, dance, spoken word poetry, facilitation, decolonial practices and reimagining. Alongside his work with Hip hop and his own projects, Julian has also worked as dancer, choreographer and actor at, among others, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Jojo – Oulu Dance Centre and the Oulu City Theatre.

Lois Armas (she/her) is a writer and an oral historian. Her literary work focuses on the feelings that surface out of everyday interactions, on childhood memories, and on observing the complexity of family relationships. She is the co-founder of a multilingual writing space for beginner writers, NEXO, and seasonally teaches creative writing to children in primary school. Her first novel, Flora, was published in 2023.

Léa Domingues (she/her) is a researcher, thinker and maker in the fields of fashion. Rooted in social exchange, her practice focuses on the process of sourcing second-hand materials and items. Domingues is charge of Creative sourcing, development and strategy for regenerated materials in the fashion house Marine Serre, and has given several courses dealing with ecological topics in L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués, The École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode and Parsons Paris.

Aapo Nikkanen (he/him) is a Finnish artist living and working in Paris. Some of his recent exhibitions include Head with Many Thoughts (Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, 2022), Intimacy (Design Museum Helsinki, 2021-2022), These Trying Times (OPEN Reykjavik, 2021), Head With Many Thoughts (Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, 2020), Libros Mutantes (Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2019) and Rotterdam International Film Festival (Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2019).

Armando Tranquille (he/him) is a Mauritian graphic designer and creative developer. His work explores the interplay of design, art, and human interaction.

Nelly Winterhalder (she/her) born in Germany, is a playwright, director and translator. She made her debut as a playwright in Norway with alt i boks (Everything sorted) at the Norwegian Drama Festival in 2009. Since then, her works have been shown in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Nicaragua.

 

Time: 10:45–11:35
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Moderator: Julian Owusu.
Speakers: Armando Tranquille and Kihwa-Endale from the Kairos Collective, Aapo Nikkanen & Léa Domingues, as well as Nelly Winterhalder and Lois Armas from the Post Theatre Collective.

Reading

Middle Eastern Bloc Season 3: Holy Monkey

 

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The Post Theatre Collective launches Season 3 of the Middle Eastern Bloc Podcast.

The podcast continues to reflect on the global pandemic through the eyes of people belonging to cultural and linguistic minorities.

Written by Nelly Winterhalder and Lois Armas
Sound design by Saku Kämäräinen
In the main roles Noora Sointu Vuorela and Timo Torikka
Directed by David Kozma
Produced by Post Theatre Collective
Commissioned by The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute

The podcast is live now! Listen on soundcloud.

Time: 11:35–12:00
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Read by Noora Sointu Vuorela and Timo Torikka.

Lunch Break 12:00–13:00

Keynote

by Louis Schulz from Assemble Studio.

Followed by Q&A.

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Louis  Schulz’s keynote speech focuses on presenting Assemble’s ideology and ways of working collaboratively and site-specifically, including insights on the collective’s recent and earlier projects.

Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen.

Louis  Schulz is a partner at Assemble, where for the past 13 years his work has focused on the social side of architecture. Schultz has worked with both local authorities and philanthropists to set up community-led educational organisations both in the UK and in the United States empowering people to make change in their environment.

Presentation

Geography of Empathy by Finnish empathy artist Enni-Kukka Tuomala

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Geography of Empathy by Finnish empathy artist Enni-Kukka Tuomala invites participants to join a guided exploration of the emotional landscapes around the city centre of Helsinki, and the Kurkimäki neighbourhood in East Helsinki.

Enni-Kukka Tuomala is a Finnish empathy artist based in London. Her vision is to transform empathy from an individual feeling to a radical and collective power for social and environmental change to fight the growing global empathy deficit.

Learn more about Enni-Kukka Tuomala and her work. 

Time: 14:00–14:15
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Speaker: Enni-Kukka Tuomala

Coffee Break 14:15–14:35

Presentation

Reading Group with Minna Henriksson

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Time: 14:35–14:45
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Speakers: Minna Henriksson, Lily Hall and Karoliina Korpilahti

Screening

Matti Aikio

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Sámi artist Matti Aikio’s working process during Together Again has focused on the so-called “neo-Lapp movement” in Finland and settler-colonial attempts at claiming Indigenous identity.

Taking into consideration Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, Aikio looks past individual violations to question the structural and large-scale implications of this movement as a counter-strategy to the political mobilisation of the Sámi. Aikio’s practice considers the ongoing conflict between the Sámi culture and the Nordic nation-states’ use of natural resources.

Matti Aikio’s commission has been realised in collaboration with the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

Time: 14:45–15:00
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Speakers: Matti Aikio

Talk

Collective and community-based art practices and their political potential

Followed by Q&A.

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In this talk, Matti Aikio, Minna Henriksson and the Soft Collective discuss the possibilities of creating social change through collective and community-led art practices. With the lead of Ali Akbar Mehta, Aikio, Henriksson and the Soft Collective discuss the ways in which their art practices and their projects realized as part of Together Again engage with art’s political potential.

Ali Akbar Mehta (b.Mumbai) is a Transmedia artist, curator, researcher, and writer. He is a co-founder of the Museum of Impossible Forms, was its Co-Artistic Director (2018-2020), and through it, the co-curator of the Helsinki Biennale 2023: New Directions May Emerge. 

Time: 15:00–16:00
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Moderator: Ali Akbar Mehta
Speakers: Matti Aikio, Minna Henriksson and the Soft Collective

Coffee Break 16:00–16:15

Talk

Collaborative practices from an arts organisational angle

Followed by Q&A.

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The final panel talk of the day sheds light on the art organizational point of view of supporting and presenting collaborative artistic work. In the discussion led by Lily Hall, Yvonne Billimore, Giovanna Esposito Yussif and Elina Suoyrjö share their experience of working with collaborative and/or community-led projects and what these processes require from the side of the art organisation.

Lily Hall (she/her) is Curator at The Showroom, London, a contemporary art space focused on collaborative approaches to cultural production within its locality
 and beyond. She combines this with an interdependent curatorial practice, working between exhibition making, public programming and publishing as a
curator, editor and writer. She has an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and BA in Art History and Literature from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Yvonne Billimore‘s (she/her) interdisciplinary practice facilitates situations for collective learning, exchange and experiences with particular attention to the intersections of feminist and ecological practices. Yvonne is the artistic director of Bioart Society and, alongside Jussi Koitela, she is co-curating the Pavilion of Finland at La Biennale di Venezia in 2024. Previously Yvonne has worked as associate curator at Frame Contemporary Art Finland, focusing on the Rehearsing Hospitalities public programme for 2019 to 2023; at ATLAS Arts on the Isle of Skye; and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in rural Aberdeenshire.

Giovanna Esposito Yussif (she/her) engages with curatorial praxis and research. Her background is in art history, museology, and critical theory. Giovanna has a long-standing commitment to nondominant praxes, dissentient imaginations, epistemic plurality and epistemologies in resistance. In 2019 she curated the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale with the Miracle Workers Collective. She is currently artistic director of the Museum of Impossible Forms, co-artistic of Drifts Festival and the curator for M_itä biennale 2023.

Elina Suoyrjö (she/her) is a curator, researcher and writer specialised in feminist approaches to curating contemporary art. She works as the Director of Programs at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York (FCINY).

Time: 16:15–17:00
Venue: Maijansali Hall, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Moderator: Lily Hall
Speakers: Yvonne Billimore, Giovanna Esposito Yussif and Elina Suoyrjö

Closing Words

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End of Programme at Oodi

Event Schedule for Satellite Events

Afterparty

with MYÖS collective

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MYÖS is a Helsinki based collective, party platform and co-care network for genre-fluid electronic music DJs, VJs, producers, organizers, party lovers and allies of currently underrepresented actors in the local club scene, and anyone in favor of a safer space to party in.

We welcome everyone to join the party and celebrate with us, 8.9.2023, 22:00-05:00 at AUG, Karjalankatu 2, Alppila Helsinki.

The location is easy to access by tram and the venue is wheelchair friendly.

Full lineup coming soon!

Dates: 8.9.2023
Time: 22:00-05:00
Venue: AUG, Karjalankatu 2, Alppila Helsinki
Hosted by MYÖS 

 

 

Exhibition

“Ainda não, mas gosto de pintar / Not yet, but I like painting” by Uwa Iduozee

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Uwa Iduozee invites audiences to discover his work “Not yet, but I like painting”, which he developed during a six-week residency in Bairro do Cerco on the outskirts of Porto, Portugal.

Pairing portraiture with Google translate conversations had with the youth of Cerco, the work explores spaces of dreaming, imagination and community, and the ways in which they intersect with the concept of “growing up” in an environment of economic and social precarity. After being exhibited at Bienal’23 Fotografia do Porto and PHotoESPAÑA this summer, the exhibition meets audiences in Helsinki at the Embassy of Portugal in Finland during the festival and at Eurooppasali – Europe Hall, later in September.

Venue: Embassy of Portugal in Finland,
Unioninkatu 22, 2nd floor, 00130 Helsinki
Date:
Opening 6.9.2023
Exhibition runs 6-16.9.2023

Venue: Eurooppasali – Europe Hall
Malminkatu 16, 00100 Helsinki
Date:
Opening 18.9.2023
Exhibition runs 18-30.9.2023

 

 

Performative Installation

By the Bend by Kairos Collective

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Meeting in transient formations we become histories and futures, literal and mythical. 

Irregular patterns of coincidence have brought us together again – when we meet, will we recognise each other?

‘by the bend’ is an orchestrated coincidence for us to meet again. It is a performative installation that hosts a social gathering. Guests are invited to share food and drinks and company.

Spontaneous performances are weaved into the evening as gentle disruptions that connect the ephemeral and the tangible.

‘by the bend’ is a  world tinged by magical realism in deep time; here we question the existing models of participator and spectator; reality and illusion.

The event is free. There is a separate registration for this event. Places are limited to 50.

Dates: 7.9.2023
Time: 17:00-21:00
Venue: Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Hosted by Kairos Collective, with Vishnu Vardhani Rajan, Isabella Shaw, Vaskilintu and Minjee Hwang Kim.

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Intervention

The Kiila Feminist Archive

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The Kiila Feminist Archive is an archive-as-artwork by artist Minna Henriksson. The work involves a long-term and ongoing process of research into the early years of the Kiila artists’ and writers’ association in Finland, which has been running for over eighty years.

A public intervention is realised into the shelves of two public libraries in Helsinki: Oodi Library and Rikhardinkatu Library. Between 8-17 September 2023, it will be possible to find a series of booklets that will be inserted into the fiction and poetry sections of each library, holding translations in English and the original Finnish texts of excerpts from selected short stories, novels and poems by four authors: Tyyne Maija Salminen, Elvi Sinervo, Iris Uurto and Katri Vala. These are texts that have gone out of public circulation; and have been largely neglected, both in Finnish and international literary history.

These excerpts will be accompanied by new linocut illustrations made by Minna Henriksson, which will also be included in the booklets and displayed at the Rikhardinkatu Library.

The intervention is realised in collaboration with Lily Hall, Curator at The Showroom, London and organised in collaboration with Karoliina Korpilahti, Programme Director, Arts at the Finnish Institute in UK and Ireland. The booklets are designed by Kaisa Lassinaro.

Dates: 8-17.9.2023
Library opening times: Monday to Thursday 8-20, Friday 8-18, Saturday 10-16, Sunday 12-18
Venue: Rikhardinkatu Library – booklets & linocut illustrations
Helsinki Central Library Oodi – booklets

 

 

Geography of Empathy – Guided Walk

with Enni-Kukka Tuomala.

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How does our environment impact our emotions, and our ability to empathise and connect with ourselves and with others? 

As a part of the Together Again Festival, Geography of Empathy invites participants to join a guided exploration of the emotional landscapes around the Kurkimäki neighbourhood in East Helsinki, and the city centre of Helsinki. Using one of Tuomala’s unique empathy tools, participants will create their own Map of Emotions in response to both the built and natural environments around them.

Combining the practices of psychogeography – ‘the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, whether consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals’ (Guy Debord, 1955) – and Tuomala’s own methodologies for mapping empathy between humans, and humans and non-humans, participants will reflect on the emotional imprints of the urban experience.

Geography of Empathy will examine two vastly different neighbourhoods in Helsinki and the visible and invisible connections between them. The explorations build on Tuomala’s Campaign for Empathy x Kurkimäki-project, which she is currently working on in partnership with The Deaconess Foundation and the new Rinnekodit Silta housing unit, offering supported living as a part of Finland’s Housing First scheme to Helsinki residents who have experienced homelessness. The campaign, which began in London in 2019 and Cambridge in 2020-21, investigates the role of empathy in our communities and communal spaces. It invites the residents and staff at Silta, as well as members of the local communities, to come together to define what empathy stands for in their neighbourhoods, where it already exists and where it is needed in order to make space for more empathic, emotionally connected and equitable interactions to help us better understand each other’s unique experiences and perspectives.

Is empathy a privilege?

Learn more about Enni-Kukka Tuomala and the Geography of Empathy.

Geography of Empathy – Walk in Kurkimäki (in Finnish), 7.9.2023, 17:30-19:00, starting from Kontula metro station

Geography of Empathy – Walk in central Helsinki (in English), 8.9.2023, 17:30-19:00, starting at the entrance of Oodi Library

The maximum number of participants is limited to 15 per walk, we will confirm your participation by email.

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Venue Accessibility

Maijansali hall

Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Maijansali hall is located on the first floor of Helsinki Central Library Oodi. The facility is accessible.

The following accessibility information has been taken from the Helsinki Central Library Oodi website.

Oodi’s services can be found on floors 1, 2 and 3.

Entrances

Main entrance (Kansalaistori)

The route to the main entrance is smooth, lit and sufficiently wide, and has a movement-guiding surface material.

The entrance is difficult to perceive, but it is lit. There is a canopy above the entrance. The entrance doors are difficult to perceive. Outside the door, there is sufficient room for moving around, for example with a wheelchair. A motion sensor opens the outer door automatically. The inner door opens with a push-button.

The service desk is located on the same floor as this entrance.

Southern entrance (Eero Erkon katu)

The pick-up and drop-off area is located in the vicinity of the southern entrance (maximum distance five metres), giving easy access to the entrance.

The route to the entrance is guided, smooth, lit and sufficiently wide, and it has movement-guiding surface material.

The entrance stands out clearly, and it is lit. There is a canopy above the entrance. The entrance doors are difficult to perceive. Outside the door, there is sufficient room for moving around, for example with a wheelchair. A motion sensor opens the outer door automatically.

One of the inner doors opens with a push-button, while the others are opened using their handles.
The service desk is located on the same floor as this entrance.

The southern entrance to Oodi has a sound beacon.

Northern entrance (Töölönlahdenkatu)

The route to the entrance is smooth and sufficiently wide. The entrance is difficult to perceive.

The entrance doors are difficult to perceive. Outside the door, there is sufficient room for moving around, for example with a wheelchair. A motion sensor opens the outer door automatically. The inner door opens with a push-button.

The service desk is located on the same floor as this entrance.

Indoor spaces

The premises have four floors.

A movement-guiding surface material has been used in the premises. Tactile guidance path strips on the floor lead, among other places, to the customer service point, a tactile map, the lifts and the toilets. Blister paving on the floor indicates an intersection of raised tactile strips and warns that the person is approaching stairs.

Every floor at Oodi has its own tactile map. All the facility signs provide information in braille as well. Guidance in braille is provided behind the stair handrails to indicate which floor the person is entering.

The doors inside the premises cannot be clearly distinguished from the walls.

Indoor navigation system

Oodi is equipped with an indoor navigation system that guides visually impaired users of the BlindSquare application via a phone. With help from BlindSquare, a user can hear which part of the building they are located in, and in which direction and how far the information desk, café and toilets are, for example.

Lifts

The premises have three lifts with sufficient room for a wheelchair, and its door opens automatically. On all lifts, the floor numbers can be felt with fingers. The button for the exit floor is distinguished from the other buttons.

Services and aid devices

Toilets

The premises have an accessible toilet located on floor -1. However, the toilet door is not easy to open or close.Two accessible toilets are located on floor 2.
Two accessible toilets are located on floor 3.

Induction loop

All of the premises’ customer service desks, and the auditorium Kino Regina are equipped with an induction loop.

Guide and assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome at Oodi.

Wheelchair

A wheelchair is available for necessary use during the library visit. Request the wheelchair at the information desk on the first floor.

Rikhardinkatu Library

Rikhardinkatu 300130 Helsinki
rikhardinkadun_kirjasto@hel.fi
09 3108 5913

The following information has been taken from the Rikhardinkatu Library accessibility page.

Route to the entrance

The pick-up and drop-off area is located in the vicinity of the entrance, giving easy access to the pavement.
The route to the entrance is guided, smooth and sufficiently wide and illuminated.
There is a steep slope on the passage.

Main Entrance

The entrance stands out clearly and is illuminated.
In connection with the entrance, there are at least 4 steps.
The doors connected to the entrance stand out clearly.
Outside the door there is sufficient room for moving e.g. with a wheelchair.
The door is heavy or otherwise hard to open.
The entrance has thresholds over 2 cm high.
The foyer is cramped.

In the facility

The customer service point is located on floor 1.

For moving around, there is a lift, which can hold a wheelchair; the door is heavy. The floor numbers in the lift cannot be felt with fingers. (The minimum dimensions for an accessible lift are width 1.1 m and depth 1.4 m.)

The customer service point has directions to the different facilities. The customer service point has thresholds over 2 cm high. The doors in the customer service point are hard to perceive. The waiting room of the customer service point has no queue number system. The customers wait standing up.

The customer service point has an accessible toilet on floor -1.

The entrance “alternative entrance”

The pick-up and drop-off area is located in the vicinity of the entrance, giving easy access to the pavement.

The route to the entrance is smooth and sufficiently wide and illuminated. The entrance is located in a recess and is illuminated.

The doors connected to the entrance stand out clearly. Outside the door there is sufficient room for moving e.g. with a wheelchair. The door requires the use of a buzzer, opening easily manually.

The customer service point is on a different floor than this entrance.

This entrance leads to the same lift as the main entrance.

 

Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Töölönkatu 11 A
FI-00100 Helsinki

The following information has been taken from the Frame Contemporary Art Finland accessibility page.

Frame’s office is located at street level at Töölönkatu 11 A, 00100 Helsinki.

The office is wheelchair accessible, but it does not have an accessible toilet and the kitchen area is not fully accessible. The office has gender-neutral toilets.

The office is located about 450 metres from the Apollonkatu tram stop (lines 1, 2, 4 and 10) and about 300 metres from the Hesperianpuisto bus stop (several lines from Elielinaukio).