FLOATING PLATFORMS – Concluding seminar on Nov 3rd

FLOATING PLATFORMS – Encounters between Performance Art and Science

Concluding seminar, November 3rd 2015, start 10:00
Turku City Main Library Studio, Linnankatu 2, 20100 Turku

Floating Platforms is a project discussing the questions related to the overlapping questions and encounters when performance art, science and research meet.

The Floating Platforms concluding seminar will offer a critical viewpoint into the project and the processes, its results and further discussion in the field of performance art and science.


10:00    Floating Platforms: Project mentor Mari Krappala with Eeva Puumala,
              Márcio Carvalho, Kurt Johannessen and Saana Svärd
12:00    Lunch break (at own cost)
13:00    Daniel Margulies, Association of Neuroesthetics, Berlin
14:00    Break
14:15     Irma Optimisti – video interview and performance
15:15     Coffee break (coffees included)
15:45     Rob La Frenais (writer, curator, Founding Member of the Arts Catalyst,
London) – Interactive Skype connection & lecture
16:45     Concluding discussion & reception

The event is free of charge and open to everyone.
Please register here: https://konsta.utu.fi/Default.aspx?tabid=88&tap=2812

During 2015, six workpairs have experienced with unexpected encounters and dialogues in familiarization and residency periods and public outcomes during the Aboagora Symposium and New Performance Turku Festival. The fields of expertise were Assyriology, neuro science, sound archaeology, biology, cosmology and international politics.

What happens when performance art and sciences meet? Is the gap between the two an historical production or inherently given– is there a possibility for an equal exchange and dialogue as well as new and unexpected encounters?

The key purpose of the Floating Platforms project is to create platforms and possibilities for new kinds of encounters between performance art, science and humanities. The project, organized by the Aboagora Symposium and New Performance Turku Festival, provides means and perspectives for an equal dialogue and methodology between performance artists, scientists and researchers.

Daniel Margulies is the scientific director of Association of Neuroesthetics, Berlin and leader of the Max Planck Research Group “Neuroanatomy and Connectivity”. The Association of Neuroesthetics serves as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange, bridging various approaches to art and human experience, cultivating interdisciplinary efforts and encouraging both a dialogue and lasting cooperations between the arts and the sciences.

The AoN e.V. is a non-profit organisation linked to Charité Medical University in Berlin, founded in 2009 by Charité leaders and by curators and neuroscientists from Paris, Munich and London with the aim to explore and nurture links between the arts and cognitive sciences from the broadest perspective.

Rob La Frenais is an independent contemporary art curator, working internationally and creatively with artists entirely on original commissions. For the last 17 years he was based at The Arts Catalyst, a UK Arts Council National Portfolio organisation in London, where, along with director Nicola Triscott he developed an ambitious artistic programme and built up an unparalleled creative team which has been responsible for some of the most innovative exhibitions and events, based on interactions between art and science, in the world. His most recent exhibition with the Arts Catalyst, Republic of the Moon opened last  year on London’s South Bank and aspects of this are now touring internationally. As well as producing site-based works, The Arts Catalyst collaborates with institutions such as the European Space Agency, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Tate Britain and the Roundhouse and many other galleries and institutions.

Irma Optimisti is a performance artist and mathematician (PhD), who is specialized in chaos theory. She has worked with performance art since 1989 and presented over 160 performances in different parts of the world. Her works are often humoristic and deal with chaos, womanhood and combine the elements of mathematics and natural science with the bodily functions.

Mari Krappala (Doctor of Arts) is a writer and a researcher in contemporary art. She is a docent of cultural studies in the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki. Her PhD work dealt with contemporary art processes, photography and Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of the ethics of sexual difference. Mari Krappala is the mentor and the analyst of the Floating Platforms workpairs.

Eeva Puumala (PhD) is a Postdoctoral Researcher of the Academy of Finland and a member of the research group on Corporeality, Movement, and Politics, at the Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere. Her research interests include Nancian philosophy, the body, the politics of mobility, and political agency. Eeva’s ongoing research project entitled ”The body as a vocabulary of the political” explores political communication and evolving relations between asylum seekers and the Finnish society in terms of events and acts. In order to explore the relational nature of political existence, Eeva seeks to develop a research methodology of exposure. Her work has appeared e.g. in Body & Society, International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies and International Studies Perspectives.

Kurt Johannessen works within performance artist’s books video and installations since the early eighties. His work is minimalist and poetic, and at times with a touch of humour. He is his own publisher and has produced more than 80 books, many of them translated into English. The books vary from just one sentence   to short stories or just pictures. He has created 250 different performances and has presented his work extensively in Europe, and in some countries in Asia and America. In 2007 he had a larger exhibition, presenting installation video and performances in Bergen Art Museum. See www.zeth.no for more info.

Saana Svärd (PhD) is currently working at the University of Helsinki, Department of World Cultures, within the discipline of Assyriology. Her research is based on Mesopotamian written sources, mostly cuneiform writing on clay tablets. Her previous research has concentrated on women’s power in Mesopotamia, especially in the Neo-Assyrian Empire (roughly 900-600 BCE in what is now Iraq). Her current research project is “Construction of gender in Mesopotamia from 934 to 330 BCE” (funded by the Academy of Finland). The project focuses on the question: how did the ways of constructing gender change or stay the same in the shifting Empires of first-millennium Near East? She is also currently translating and interpreting texts written by women in Mesopotamia.  Connected with that, she has a growing interest in meaning of words and the things lost in translation.

Márcio Carvalho is a Portuguese visual artist and an independent art curator, based in Berlin.He holds a master degree in performing arts at HZT/UDK Berlin and a master degree in Visual Arts at ESAD in Portugal. He is the co-founder and curator of the performance art program CO-LAB editions, in Savvy Contemporary, Berlin. Carvalho’s practice for the last five years have been focused on memory and its influences upon collective groups and individual people. Science and human behavior, network sciences, appropriation and fiction are some concepts and forms used by the artist to research on autobiographical, collective and cultural memory, and its impact into social, cultural, political and economic contemporary life.

The multidisciplinary ability of crossing disciplines reframes his work in various formats such as live performance, film documentary, video art, photography and sculpture, always attempting specific relation with the context and site in which he is operating.


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