Jon Irigoyen (SP/FI)

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Jon Irigoyen: Mobile Carnival
Performance and a parade | No registration
Saturday 5.9.2020 at 21:00

Starting and ending point at Manilla Courtyard (Itäinen Rantakatu 64, Turku)
Duration approximately 2hrs, includes a 5 kilometer walk along the river Aura
The performance happens outside, please dress accordingly

For New Performance Turku Festival 2020 artist and researcher Jon Irigoyen will create an audio-visual artifact on wheels, illuminating the darkening city streets of Turku. In a manifesto of togetherness, the carnival reminds us of the power in joining forces, if only temporarily, to push against isolation and the atomization of life.

Carnival has often been interpreted as social transformation, a strategy used by some cultures to empower themselves in spite of social conflicts, bringing communities together. Throughout time, people around the globe have used and experienced dance and getting together as a very experience of community, or communitas in the words of cultural anthropologist Victor Turner.

In times of uncertainty we should not forget that we need each other more than ever to create a bright and colorful life in common, while still following guidelines and taking care of each other. By bridging urban territories and energies together, the Mobile Carnival calls on us to build life in common by safely gathering friends, allies, neighbors and strangers-yet-to-meet in an outdoor celebration of lights and colour.

It is encouraged to bring a luminous object with you, such as a bike light or similar, to make the parade an even more bright and vibrant experience.


Jon Irigoyen (Bilbao, 1978) is an artist and researcher.  Irigoyen is currently developing his doctorate in artistic research at Aalto University under the supervision of Professor Kevin Tavin, Head of the Department of Art. The artist and choreographer Michael Klien, Associate Professor at Duke University, is his current advisor.

He has been a member of visual artists association MUU and Pixelache Festival. Nowadays he serves on the board of performing arts association Esitystaiteen Seura. He has participated in festivals, conferences, exhibitions, and given workshops internationally. In 2015, Irigoyen was a finalist in the VISIBLE AWARDS awards with the project Nasreddin in Mobile Discotheque at MANIFESTA10, in collaboration with the artist Olga Jitlina.