This January I’m attending a workshop with Berlin video artist Merit Falker at the Danish National School for Performing Arts. Being a novice it is very reassuring to experience that this field is very much about experimenting, exploring and finding your own way. As Merit says, there is nothing “new” about working with new media, the technology advances but the principles are the same. You must have an idea – the rest will follow. Great to play with surfaces, textures and images. Hmmm could get into this…
This December sees the round up of the No More Miss Nice Guy project in Helsinki. I will be meeting Tove Sahlin, cofounder of WISP (SE), and Sonja Ahlfors and Joanna Wingren, from Blaue Frau (FIN), to evaluate the project. It started a year ago and aimed to bring artists with an activist streak together to find creative was of expressing equality issues. 3 very different platforms were created and touched upon very different artistic approaches to these problems. Great creative people and plenty of food for thought. What could the Un-nice guys do in the future?
I’m currently in the wonderful city of Helsinki working with 3 colleagues that I met in 2004: Elin Petersdottir (ICE), Janne Saarakkala (FIN) and Ivo Breidis (LAT). Our performance Leftovers from the War premiers on the 8th of November and looks at family history, WW II and the generation that was handed things on a silver plate.
Leftovers from the War is presented by the Baltic Circle Festival 2012 and supported by Kulturkontakt Nord.