Miten tehdä asioita performanssitaiteella? – How to do things with performance art?

MUU Galleriakeskiviikko – Tero Nauha & Pilvi Porkola

Miten tehdä asioita performanssitaiteella, osa II
Keskustelu Tero Nauhan ja Pilvi Porkolan kanssa
Keskiviikkona 1.11. Klo 18 
MUU galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki.

Performanssitaiteilijat ja tutkijat Pilvi Porkola ja Tero Nauha keskustelevat aiheesta ”Miten tehdä asioita performanssitaiteella” Annette Arlanderin emännöimänä, 1 marraskuuta klo 18.00! Tapahtuma on osa Galleriakeskiviikkoa.

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MUU’s Gallery Wednesday – Tero Nauha & Pilvi Porkola

How do to thing with performance art, part II
Conversation with Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola (in Finnish)
Wednesday 1.11. at 6pm
MUU gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki.

Performance artists and researchers Pilvi Porkola and Tero Nauha discuss the topic “How to do things with performance art” (in Finnish), hosted by Annette Arlander, on 1 November at 6 pm in MUU gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33. The event is part of Gallery Wednesday.

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HOW TO DO THINGS WITH PERFORMANCE ART – Conversation with Charles Garoian and Ray Langenbach 26 October 6 pm

How To Do Things With Performance Art
– A conversation with Charles Garoian and Ray Langenbach

Professor Charles Garoian and professor Ray Langenbach discuss the topic, hosted by Annette Arlander, on 26 October at 6 pm in MUU Gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33. Welcome!

Artist and educator Charles Garoian is former Director, School of Visual Arts and Professor of Art Education, The Pennsylvania State University. He has authored The prosthetic pedagogy of art: Embodied research and practice;  Performing Pedagogy: Towards an Art of Politics; and Spectacle pedagogy: Art, politics, and Visual Culture. with Y. M. Gaudelius.

Ray Langenbach performs, convenes gatherings, documents political events, and writes on education, cultural theory, performance and SEAsian art.  He is Professor of Performance Art and Theory, Live Art and Performance Studies, Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki.

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Miten tehdä asioita performanssitaiteella
– Keskustelu Charles Garoianin ja Ray Langenbachin kanssa

Professori Charles Garoian ja professori Ray Langenbach keskustelevat Annette Arlanderin emännöimänä, 26. lokakuuta klo 18:00 MUU Galleriassa, Lönnrotinkatu 33. Tervetuloa!

Taiteilija ja kasvattaja Charles Garoian on entinen Visuaalisten Taiteiden laitoksen Toiminnanjohtaja ja Taidekasvatuksen Professori Pennsylvania State –yliopistosta. Hän on kirjoittanut teokset The prosthetic pedagogy of art: Embodied research and practice; Performing Pedagogy: Towards an Art of Politics; ja Spectacle pedagogy: Art, politics, and Visual Culture yhdessä Y. M. Gaudeliuksen kanssa.

Ray Langenbach esiintyy, kutsuu koolle kokoontumisia, dokumentoi poliittisia tapahtumia ja kirjoittaa opetuksesta, kulttuuriteoriasta, performanssista ja SEAsian -taiteesta. Hän on Performanssitaiteen ja teorian Professori Live Art and Performance Studies –ohjelmassa Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulussa.

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PERFORMANCE ARTIST’S WORKBOOK! The book launch Wed 11th Oct at Muu


Pilvi Porkolan toimittama teos Performance artist’s workbook: on teaching and learning performance art: essays and exercises julkistetaan Helsingissä Muugalleriassa 11.10 klo 18. Tilaisuudessa kirjan artikkeleiden kirjoittajat Ray Langenbach, Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha ja Pilvi Porkola kertovat teksteistään. Ennen tilaisuutta on mahdollisuus tutustua Annette Arlanderin näyttelyyn.
Performance artist’s workbook: on teaching and learning performance art: essays and exercises edited by Pilvi Porkola will be launched in Helsinki in Muu gallery 11 October at 6 pm. The writers of the articles included in the book, Ray Langenbach, Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola will talk about their texts. Before the event there is a possibility to enjoy Annette Arlander’s exhibition.
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You will find an online version here.

You can buy it here.


How to Do Things with Performance in Turku?


Last weekend we visited Turku; our seminar “How to Do Things with Performance?” was part of the New Performance Turku -festival programme ( Turku was autumnal but nice, and the festival as enchanting as usual.

I started the seminar with a performance, “Some Things”. Hanna Järvinen talked about the project Jeux and asked the seminar participants to do a walking exercise. Annette Arlander showed us a video essay, “Year of the Goat Revisited”. Tero Nauha had a presentation with the title “Some Thoughts on Actualizations and Becomings” and played a theremin.



Besides the seminar I had my project “The Nomad Library” in the main library in Turku and Tero had his performance “An Advent of Performance” in WAM (Wäinö Aaltosen Museo).



We were also very happy to have a book launch for our new publication Performance Artist’s Workbook: Essays on teaching and learning performance art (ed. Pilvi Porkola) on Friday at HULLABALOO – club. As part of my speech I asked people to actualize one exercise from the book. For this situation I chose Helge Meyer’s exercise “Walking in Somebody Else’s Shoes” (well, we didn’t have time to do it for 30 minutes, but already 7 minutes in a club context worked very well.)

Walking in Somebody Else’s Shoes
Ask the participants to take off their shoes. Let them put their shoes into the middle of the space. Tell them about the meaning of clothes: on the one hand, clothes have a practical need. On the other hand, worn clothes have a deep personal meaning to their owners.
Ask the participants now to take one pair of shoes from the middle, but not their own shoes. Ask them to put them on and take a walk for at least half an hour, preferably one hour. Tell them to do normal things in the public space, maybe going shopping or just strolling around.
After their return, do a reflection of the experience: did their way of moving change? Did they feel different? Did they think of the owner of the shoes?
Explanation of the exercise: on the one hand, this exercise has a body-centered meaning, which is important in the teaching of Performance Art (in my opinion). The participants create a physical experience, which is maybe even a painful experience. On the other hand, this exercise might have a more poetic value: the participants “walk in somebody else’s shoes”, which can mean that they change their perception and perspective to take an empathic position through the eyes (here shoes!) of another human being.

by Helge Meyer, Performance Artist’s Workbook page 113.


The first photo: Pilvi Porkola

Other photos: Jussi Virkkumaa