Arctic Action – Videokaffe – Rabota

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New Performance Turku Festival ‘s evening programme
Saturday 5.9.2020 18-21
Manilla, Itäinen Rantakatu 64, Turku
Registration for the full evening required, register here
Age limit 18

18:00 Doors open
18:45 Arctic Action
20:15 Videokaffe: (SPACE BETWEEN US)
+ Rabota: The Tunnel (installation)
+ BAR open

The programme continues at 21:00 outside with Jon Irigoyen’s Mobile Carnival (no registration required) and at 23:00 with water bus trip to Nastja Säde Rönkkö’s At Midnight We Will Burn (registration required, registration here).

Arctic Action – screening

Collection of performance documentations from the remote Arctic Action festival (Svalbard, Arctic Ocean). 

Videokaffe: (SPACE BETWEEN US)

(SPACE BETWEEN US) is a live performance between Turku, Finland, and Brooklyn, USA. Produced and directed by Sebastian Ziegler and Mark Andreas / Videokaffe, performed by Laura Cemin and Chieh Hsiung

“Space between us” explores the impact of virtual and physical barriers in our global society from the human perspective. Through live-streamed projections, two dancers (one in Finland and one in Brooklyn) will share the same stage and perform together. The performance will be viewed by a physical audience in Turku, during the New Performance Turku Festival and virtually from anywhere in the world through live streaming.

This performance can be viewed online on Youtube, Twitch and Facebook.

Videokaffe explores concepts of the tangible and intangible by linking kinetic sculptural installations from remote locations. Videokaffe’s members meet weekly by connecting their studios via webcams and projectors. Through this process, the members can project their art on another’s wall, which many times is located in a different country, and work together as if they are sharing the same wall.

Videokaffe is a collaborative network of 10 artists members in various locations between North America and Europe. They work across a range of disciplines including sculpture, video, performance, and new media artwork. 
Videokaffe explores the intersection of handcraft and technology through public art sculpture, exhibitions, residencies, and internet-based networks. Members of Videokaffe are Heini Aho (FIN), Mark Andreas (USA/GER), Jack Balance (FIN), Tom Burtonwood (UK/USA), Holly Holmes (USA), Jenny Mild (FIN), Olli Suorlahti (FIN), Erno Pystynen (FIN), Thomas Westphal (GER/FIN), Sebastian Ziegler (GER/USA/FIN) and guest artist Jip De Beer (NL).

Rabota: The Tunnel

Rabota is a group of two; being the citizens of different states artists were forced to hide from quarantine policy in the uninhabited place just to be not separated from each other and proceed common artistic practice.

In the current conditions of the lockdown, the artists’ challenge is to create a performative hybrid object, whose materiality would have a flickering character and thereby pass through material barriers. “The Tunnel” is the performative installation built on the index of all private belongings that have been in use during the biopolitical hideaway in the uninhabited wastelands.

The index of things has a matrix structure with array and variables, it can be easily transcoded into any coding system (like most universal: the text), and then regain the materiality that is necessary for the object of art. Each element of the set may be re-coded quite arbitrarily and at the same time, the integrity and self of the entire matrix object will not be violated.