A performance by Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola
At the 9th SAR – International Conference on Artistic Research
University of Plymouth, April 11th 4 pm – 13th 6 pm 2018
This performance in four parts included A Sermon, A Wake, A Communion and A Hymn. We were dealing with the issues of sympoiesis, anthropophagy and necropolitics as forms of creation to play with critical approaches to artistic research.
In her revisiting of “Day and Night of the Dog and Year of the Dog,” from the video series, Animal Years (2003-2014) Arlander explored whether a process of regurgitation as an artistic method would produce something equally valuable as the production of honey?
A Wake included four different speeches, where gathering around the urn including the possible remains of the deceased did not reveal, who the deceased might have been? A white, male authority, a friend or an unknown heretic?
In a Communion, all four of us consumed a portion of Finnish delicatessen ‘mämmi’, while Järvinen and Nauha discussed the possible alternatives to questioning colonialism and racism in performance practice. They introduced the concepts of anthropophagy, perspectivism, necropolitics; cultural appropriation, philosophers, bears and jaguars.
At the end of a Wake, Porkola leads an intervention, where four different performance scores were written on paper, and send to the audience as paper aeroplanes. The utopian thinking is demonstrated by using event scores when asking one to do something that is more or less impossible.
As the finale of the performance there was a Hymn. The music was based on the traditional Finnish folk song, “Taivas on sininen ja valkoinen”, with new words in English proposing if and how artistic research would eat itself. With this hymn accompanied by synthesizer and Theremin, we asked, if the world will notice, when artistic research may eat itself, and proposed that only united performers and artists will guarantee that art will matter in the future.
An excerpt of this performance was presented at the TUTKE – The Spring Research Day event at Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki on April 25, 2018.