Kiasma Theatre, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
Video works about the Transitoriness of Life PDF (8mb)
Screening project in cooperation with URB 12, the festival of urban art.
The video works by the invited artists bring forth many different interpretations of public space. One of the themes shared by the works in Performing Transition is the relationship with performance, its various methods and meanings, and its consciously selected forms such as posing, adopting a fictional role or concretely constructing an artificial setting. The main context of the screening is the disputed terrain between public space and commercial interests. The selected works with their individual viewpoints provide us with ways to approach and understand many cultural and artistic phenomena, like mystification, abstraction and narration.
Interpreting the works by the five artists of this screening, and especially linking them to the context of Performing Transition is certainly based both on imaginary homelands and some real facts. It is a combination of welcoming all the challenging changes of life and bitter memories of experiences. Notions and elements of narration in these video works are simultaneously strong and weak, playful and serious, aching and supportive.
Anthea Behm, Emil Salto, Pilvi Takala, Magnus Thierfelder, Michael John Whelan