Artists 2013

Tero Nauha (Finland)

Last year Tero Nauha was at the New Performance Turku festival with his performance piece Tell Me About Your Machines which was a part of a larger project called Life In Bytom. This year Tero Nauha returns to the festival with the latest performance piece from the project.

Bytom is a city in Poland formerly known for its mining industry. In the last twenty years Bytom has experienced radical economical and social changes during which the mining industry has disappeared from the area. In the year 2012 Bytoms centre of contemporary art CSW Kronika invited Nauha to the city for a project. Nauha visited the city several times. Visits were composed of workshops, interviews, field trips and other events. Tero Nauha organized a number of workshops for a group of people in Bytom. The material from the workshops, notebooks, digital photos, audio recordings and video material is present in the Life in Bytom performance.

Bytom, as many western cities, has faced a rapid change from industrialism to postindustrialism. In Life in Bytom Tero Nauha explores the lives of the people living in Bytom in the new, neoliberal capitalist post-soviet context. His workshops in Bytom focused on the participants relationship to the machines, objects and devices in their environment. Nauha uses Deleuze and Guattari’s schizoanalysis as a tool to approach the material affectively. Guattari describes schizoanalysis as a process of metamodelization, moving away from reduction and simplification towards “ontological heterogeneity”. In Life in Bytom schizoanalysis is, for Nauha, a method to approach the change caused by neoliberal economics affectively as an everyday experience.

Tero Nauha was born in Hyvinkää, Finland. Aside from performances he works with drawing, video, audio and various projects. He has studied art in Lahti Art Institute, Poznan Art Academy and in Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Performance Art and Theory in The Theatre Academy in Helsinki.

Julie Andrée T. (Canada)

For the New Performance Turku festival, Julie Andrée T. presents Nature Morte in Turku– a triptych performance. She will create three, two hour performances on three consecutive days. In the performances she explores the concepts of landscape and death, the change of scenery and simulation. The body is the centre of her process but she also uses visual poetry and pictorial elements.

Julie Andrée T. (b. 1973) works  in both installation and performance have been shown throughout Canada, U.S.A, South America, Asia and Europe. Her artistic  practice is a reflection of daily life and the dark ages she sees we are living in. Body and space are the centre of her research. Several of her her works focus on the possibility of reaching a state where personal identity is lost. From 2008 to 2011 Julie Andrée T. was a guest artist teaching performance art at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. An occasional curator, she is part of the programming comity of Inter/Lieu in Quebec City – an artist run centre dedicated to performance and installation.

Eero Yli-Vakkuri (Finland)

Eero Yli-Vakkuri’s performance Fractal Economy Now is a work in two parts. The first part is an arts workshop titled The Mystery Machine (Mysteerikone) for children from 3 to 8 years. In the workshop children will learn how to saw, screw and nail. With his background in handcrafts, Yli-Vakkuri conducts the workshop. The second part of the performance is for adults and it takes place in TEHDAS Theater.

Fractal economy is an economic system in which work assignments are divided into pieces and carried out by different people in different places, sometimes even on different continents. For example, while an Indian programmer delivers the code for a computer program, a German student delivers the graphic design and a Mexican program tester runs tests for parts of the program. The program is ordered by a Chinese company which in turn is a subcontractor to a Finnish company. In one single project there can be hundreds of people who have no contact to each other and who don´t know what the final product will be like. People do their own part without knowing why. In his performance Yli-Vakkuri is exploring the fragmentation of production chain and individual’s role in it.

Yli-Vakkuri’s (b. 1981) experimentations with live art are primarily based on  audience participation. He develops site-specific projects that aim to understand and alter cultural and economic systems that effect human behaviour. Yli-Vakkuri has worked as a telemarketer selling performance documentation DVDs, produced peer-funded artworks, exported copper from Benin, made commercials for local entrepreneurs, and stolen money from audience members. Yli-Vakkuri’s most well known performance is 2500 Kilometers In Space which consisted of Yli-Vakkuri walking 30 kilometers a day on a four meter granite plate for 85 days with the daily trip updated to a map of planet Mars available on the internet.

Yli-Vakkuri often works in collaboration with different artists and professionals. Aside from performance art Yli-Vakkuri is also known for his projects in conceptual art and his video art which often contains criticism towards technology and media culture. Yli-Vakkuri has studied carpentry, fine arts in Tampere University of Applied Sciences and he has attended the Master’s Degree Programme in Multidisciplinary Arts of Estonian Academy of Arts.

Joshua Sofaer (Great Britain)

For Object of Love members of the public are invited to sign up for a one-to-one coaching session with artist and PCT accredited Relational Dynamics Coach Joshua Sofaer who will offer them a confidential 25 minute coaching session in a soundproof glass box in the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art. This isn’t the first for Joshua to provide one-to-one coaching to members of public. 2002’s The Crystal Ball consisted of interactions between audience members and experts in fortune telling, finance and psychology, combined with dancers on the stage. In professional consultations the participants had the possibility to have their destiny revealed.

Following on from the long history of the ‘readymade sculpture’ in the gallery, Sofaer brings his training as a coach directly into the museum with his unique kind of ‘readymade performance’. Sofaer’s performance asks us to consider the relation between art and everyday life and the way in which visiting an art gallery or museum can be beneficial to how we live our relationships with others. Sofaer’s performance is part of the New Performance Turku festival but takes place also as part of the Greatest of All is Love? exhibition in the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art.

Joshua Sofaer (b. 1972) is an artist who is concerned with modes of collaboration and participation. His performances, art exhibitions and art events often involve the participation of members of the public. He wants to use art to enable people to see the world as a place of potentiality and to become more active citizens. He acts as a curator, producer or director on a broad range of projects including large-scale events, intimate performances, and publications. Often with irreverent use of humour, he plays with established forms of production, appropriating and reconfiguring the chat show, competition, lecture or museum display.

Sofaer works internationally from a base in the UK. After a BA in Drama & English at Bristol University, he went on to complete an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and was subsequently awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts. He is also committed to education and delivers lectures, workshops and mentoring for art and performance students and produces publications and art education resources for the culturally curious.

Mimosa Pale (Finland / Germany)

At the night club lunch in Hamburger Börs Mimosa Pale performs together with vibraphonist Severi Pyysalo – with saw as her instrument.  The show is a unique opportunity to have a lunch in a night club atmosphere in the spirit of cabaret. There is a variety of dishes in the buffet and an entertaining music performance on the stage. This is the first time for Mimosa Pale and Severi Pyysalo to perform together so the show is something completely new for the audience and the artists as well. In short performative intermezzos Mimosa Pale will be wearing various different headdresses. The audience can expect to see hats made of schnapps glasses, wigs made of cotton candy not to mention a skirt made of carrots. On stage also Henri Marjamäki and Maria Pahlman.

Mimosa Pale also performs at the TEHDAS theatre at the festival club.

Mimosa Pale (b.1980) is a visual artist living in Berlin and Pori, Finland. She has studied arts in Birmingham, Helsinki and Paris. Her work is a combination of performance art and sculpture – it is engaging, humorous, lively and a celebration of the carnevalesque. She is also well known for her cabaret performances where she plays the singing saw and for her haute-couture hats she creates in her Atelier Himo in Berlin. In Finland she is best known for the giant sculptural vagina which she paraded around the streets of Helsinki as part of her Master’s thesis at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007.

More information about Mimosa’s international performance and visual arts work can be found at:

Severi Pyysalo is a Turku-based musician and one of the world’s greatest vibraphonists. He has collaborated with several Finnish and international jazz musicians and is also involved with classical music.

The concert is curated in co-operation with Ilkka Rantamäki, the regional artist of jazz music at the Arts Council of South West Finland.


Robin Deacon (Great Britain / USA)

Robin Deacon‘s performance White Balance is a combination of performance art and a lecture. The title White Balance refers to the process by which a camera is adjusted to account for differences in light, adjusting the relative strengths of colours to reach a truer sense of what is being seen. This performance will use a series of outmoded vintage video cameras to explore how our ways of seeing and ways of remembering may be informed by the medium used to capture the event – the artists document, the family gathering or the news broadcast. Deacon has frequently used the form of the performance lecture. The performance his presenting at the festival is part of a continuing series of works that create fictional narratives and explore their potential relationship with real life, autobiographical experiences. This version is a work in progress and the final version of this piece will be shown in New York in October 2013.

Robin Deacon has also been working on a documentary about a late performance artist Stuart Sherman (USA). There will be a work-in-progress screening of the documentary Spectacle: A Portrait of Stuart Sherman during the festival.

Robin Deacon (b. 1973) is an artist, writer, film-maker and educator currently based in Chicago. His performances and videos have been presented at conferences and festivals in the UK, Europe and the USA. His interdisciplinary practice has spanned a variety of disciplines and themes, including explorations of performer presence and absence, the role of the artist as biographer, and the possibility for journalistic and documentary approaches to arts practice. Most recently his practice has shifted into the area of documentary film with a series of works that aim to interrogate the mapping and ethics of performance re-enactment. He is an Assistant Professor in Performance at The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, USA.


“It’s over! Postmodernism is over. As the mainstream clings feverishly to the expressions of postmodernism, artists are moving forwards towards new ‘isms’. In our newest long-term project we put postmodernism in a fictitious museum and deal with issues of today, the past and the future. We are happy to move forwards towards new horizons and to address existential questions: who are we? how did we get here? and did postmodernism affect us in the end anyway?”

In Museum of Postmodern Art the international performance group Oblivia have set itself a megalomanic task: to do something that is new. Elegantly and only seemingly disoriented they wander about our known world as if through a dark theatre. They are not afraid to fall through the trap doors of evolution or look behind the scenes of cultural history. They dissect emotional and intellectual concepts alike and dig deep to the roots of language itself. What they finally put on the big stage and send marching down towards their audience is simultaneously absurd, monstrous and yes, totally new. Humour has a new name, performance a new language, the future a new face: this is Oblivia, profoundly philosophical, highly intelligent and seriously funny.

Museum of Postmodern Art performance is co-produced by at PACT Zollverein and Espoo City Theatre. The premier took place at PACT Zollverein, Essen in November 2012 and the Finnish premier was at Espoo City Theatre in November 2012. The performance is the first in a series of five and part of the five-year project Museum of Postmodern Art – MOPMA.

Founded in 2000 in Helsinki, the international performance company Oblivia is a unique force on the Finnish performance scene. Working from grand ideas to minimalist performances, Oblivia merge the boundaries of genres and nationalities. The background of Oblivia’s members from Finland and the UK are in music, dance and theory. This mixture creates a vibrant tension and humour in their work. From the beginning the core members have been working together creating a common performance language.

Performers: Timo Fredriksson, Anna Krzystek (UK), Annika Tudeer
Sound: Juuso Voltti
Light: Meri Ekola
Production manager: Marina Andersson-Rahikka
Photography: Eija Mäkivuoti
Production: Oblivia
Language: English

Kristina Junttila (Norway / Finland)

Kristina Junttila presents a performance 1+1=1, which has a mission: to make us all alike. The performance will turn upside down assumptions about who has the right to define the Finnish culture. Immigrants living in Finland will guide the members of the majority population on how to best become integrated into Finnish society. Can it be that those that see Finland from an outside perspective might be better able to communicate the uniqueness of the culture? Will Finland become a better country if we are all more alike? Will Finnish people allow themselves to be integrated by immigrants?

The performance has two parts. First is a self-guided tour in the city of Turku providing suggestions and stories on how to best integrate. The tour guides solo walkers by an mp3-player and written instructions. The second is a solo performanceon Saturday night at TEHDAS Theatre where Kristina and the audience will be successfully all alike. The performance is made in collaboration with immigrant artist Sibel Kantola and Sibiry Konaté, who work as part of the Taide Kotouttaa (Art Integrates) project.

Kristina Junttila (b. 1977) is a Norwegian/Finnish artist working in the field of live art. She constructs events and performances where different modes of participation might occur, in sites such as hairdressers, old folks homes, lecture rooms or in the more traditional black boxes and galleries. She acts as a performer, collaborator, director, writer and teacher. The themes of her artistic practice revolve around the relationship between existing structures and the personal. In what ways do our surroundings, regulations and institutions influence our lives? Who has freedom, responsibility or power? Junttila has a BA degree in Applied Theatre from Turku Arts Academy (2006) and a MA degree in Performance Art and Theory (2010) from the Theatre Academy in Helsinki.

Artist as Art

As part of the Artist as Art workshop, six Turku based artists from various art genres have been working on new performances under the guidance of festival artist Joshua Sofaer.

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Image: Maija Reeta Raumanni / Anna Emilia Tolppi 2013

Anna Emilia Tolppi

One Day in My Diary
For 30 days I have explored Brutal Female Energy. Join me to experience one of my days.

Audio & editing: Sami Skantsi, musician and sound designer

Anna Emilia Tolppi (b. 1978) is a multidisciplinary artist whose joy of creating continuously inspires her to experiment with new materials and new methods. With no ready answers everything is possible. Anna Emilia has held textile and visual arts exhibitions and she has been involved with theatre. Taking part to the Artist as Art workshop has opened a new door for her and she is now ready to take her first steps in the world of performance art.

Image: Joshua Sofaer / Anneliina Koskinen

Image: Joshua Sofaer / Anneliina Koskinen

Anneliina Koskinen

Ach, ich fühl’s (Oh, I feel it) are the first words in the touching aria of the wonderful maiden Pamina in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Mozart’s classical aria is known to those who know the world of opera and everybody knows that behind that sweet singing there is years of practice and a great amount of self-control. But what happens when the singer starts to feel IT? When panic floods in, the singer’s contact to herself disappears and the world around her becomes distorted?

Anneliina Koskinen (b. 1967) is best known as a singer of classical music. She has performed as a soloist in many bands and orchestras, as well as being a member of Retrover, an ensemble specializing in the music of the Renaissance and the Turku based Camerata Aboenis. Her musical interests cover the past 2000 years in the history of music. She is also active as a theatrical performer and has been involved with electronic music.  She has worked as an actress-musician and voice coach at the Turku City Theatre.

Elina Minn

Image: Elina Minn

Image: Elina Minn

“So today I bought nipple covers so that my nipples wouldn’t show through my clothes. Now my nipple covers show through my clothes.” Elina Minn’s performance is based on observations that become words that become speech.

Elina Minn (b. 1984) graduated from the Animation department of Turku Arts Academy in 2008. She works with a variety of media, such as performance and video. In 2013 she is directing a performance for Walkmans and paper puppets and a video piece about the anxieties of young art students in Turku.

Heli Konttinen

Heli Konttinen

Image:Heli Konttinen

I am not my shoes.
Or Cinderella’s.
Nor am I your wooden leg.

I am not Orlando
Or you Mr. Bond.
Neither Santa nor God. Of any sort.

Perception. World peace. The spin of the globe.
Unicorns. Speculation. Eternal love. Gravitation.
Angels. Emergence. Death star canteen.

All in your backyard.

I am not my shoes.

The performance is about the struggle to live up to the expectations of the gender role.

The artistic activity of Heli Konttinen (b. 1967) stems from the need to understand what it means to be a human. She is fascinated by the oddity and the strangeness of the human mind. She approaches art, as well as life itself, with analytical amazement, asking how and why. Answers to these questions she presents in her work, often wrapped in humour. The medium of a specific piece of work is defined by the work itself. She uses photography, video, film, installation and sculpture. Sometimes she is present in her works, performing as a scientist for example. In her work she combines elements of conceptual art, critical art, social criticism and science. Her works reach out to a wide audience outside the art world. She wants to encourage people to reflect on their actions and to create public discussion about a more tolerant and more compassionate environment.

Jani Petteri Virta

Jani Petteri Virta

Image: Jani Petteri Virta

Jani Petteri Virta steps in front of people and asks them to come up to him. Or he might sit with them. The performances of (mental) images are uncertain and arrogant at the same time. “There is just a man and a voice, and spirit, and surface, and red – ‘There is always red.'”

Jani Petteri Virta (b. 1977) is a performance artist, visual artist, student of Finnish literature and musician from Eastern Finland.

Maija Reeta Raumanni

This is it. Oat biscuits, animals, microphone stand, Boléro music, mattress, beer can, microphone, vacuum cleaner, blue, wrestling.

Image: Hannu Seppälä

Image: Hannu Seppälä

Maija Reeta Raumanni (b. 1979) is a choreographer, dancer and performer living in Turku, Finland. She studied Dance and Choreography at the School for New Dance Development / Amsterdam School of the Arts, Dance Teaching at the Turku Arts Academy, Dance at the Hoger Instituut voor Dans in Lier and Classical Ballet at the Ballet School of Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. Since 2007 Maija has been a member of Ehkä-production, an international new dance and performance art collective. In 2009 she co-founded together with dance artist Anna Torkkel Kutomo, a contemporary art space in Turku, which they have been curating since then.

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