performance protocols Nordic Sessions # 3: soundings Helsinki (FI)
18 - 27.9.2021
performance protocols program for Third Space:
Opening: 18 September @ 12:00 - 15:00
(We can only be very few people in the space at a time, so we encourage everyone to be patient and keep distance.)
Visiting times: 19-21 & 25-27 September @ 14:00 - 18:00 or by appointment.
18 September @ 15:00
Performance: “Cosmos Garden” by Essi Kausalainen in Tähtitorninmäki.
(We will move together from Third Space, led by Kausalainen)
19-21 & 25-27 September @ 18:00 - 20:00
Performance sessions: Trigger-Happy by Jenna Jauhiainen
(Only by appointment, 1-3 people at a time)
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The first part of performance protocols Nordic Sessions # 3 will be held in Helsinki from September 18-27. 2021. The topic for this edition is soundings in performance and includes different ways to use sound as a tool, material, and theme, spanning from music compositions to performance art exploring a conceptual use of sound. This frames both amplified and non-amplified sound, performances in public space, and active listening exercises.
The performances and scores presented at the Helsinki events will activate a wide range of concepts such as e.g. a ceremony for a park, animal soundings, participation, electrical power relations, public space and safety, Krispr sounds, the sound of real-estate data, as well as the triggering of pleasure and pain. The events will take place in the art spaces (exhibition and performance sessions) and Akusmata (performance program), and outside in public space.
The artists contributing to performance protocols Nordic Sessions # 3 are: Ana Gutieszca (MX/FI); Jenna Jauhiainen (FI); Essi Kausalainen (FI); Petri Kuljuntausta (FI); Tero Nauha (FI); Timo Viialainen (FI), Eero Yli-Vakkuri & Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (FI/DK). As well as remote scores by Eva Sjuve (SE), and Malte Steiner (DE/DK).
All participating artists will exhibit their scores at Third Space. The exhibition will open on September 18 and close on September 27, and includes the performance sessions “Trigger-Happy” by Jenna Jauhiainen. The performance program in Akusmata will take place on September 22 and 23, with performances by Ana Gutieszca, Petri Kuljuntausta, Tero Nauha, and Timo Viialainen as well as a participatory score by Eva Sjuve. Public space performances will be on September 18, where Essi Kausalainen performs “Cosmos Garden” at the opening event, and on September 24, where Eero Yli-Vakkuri & Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen perform their collaboration “Safety as Ambience”.
The full program and details on all performances will be released on the performance protocols website closer to the events: http://performance-protocols.net/Helsinki2021/Helsinki.html
We will take all necessary Covid19 precautions to keep each other safe. These restriction might differ from location to location due to the amount of people it can accommodate to keep a safe distance, so please check for updates on performance-protocols.net. Only arrive to the events if you are feeling healthy and we encourage everyone to wear masks inside the spaces and when the situation requires it.
About performance protocols
performance protocols is a nomadic platform for instruction-based performance art and collaborative practices which opened its first online exhibition Walking Protocols I (INT) in June 2019. In February 2020, came the first in a series of Nordic Sessions, where bureaucratic protocols were presented and performed in Aalborg (DK). In May 2021, Walking Protocols II took place in Copenhagen (DK). After the Helsinki edition, future performance protocols Nordic Sessions will take place in Bergen (NO) in May 2022. performance protocols is founded, organized and curated by artist and researcher Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (DK).
performance protocols Nordic Sessions is supported by the Nordic Culture Point, Nordic Council of Ministers, and Nordic Culture Fund (Upstart).
Contact and info: info (at) performance-protocols.net
Opening performance, September 18. 2021:
Essi Kausalainen: Cosmos Garden
The performance will take place outside in Tähtitorninmäki and we will move together from Third Space to the park at 15:00.
Cosmos Garden is a site specific performance, a ceremony for a park, two singers, textiles and things. Performed originally at Châteu de Bosmelet, Normandy (2018) the piece is re-created for performance protocols with the local soil, trees, grasses and clouds in collaboration with Vilja Riutamaa and Eeva Semerdjiev.
Essi Kausalainen is a Helsinki based artist whose works operate through performance, textile, text, audio and video. Collaborating with plants and fungi, artists, musician, plant biologists and children, Kausalainen’s work approaches the body as an open ended process made in, and shaped by, the complex relations with other beings, situations and environments.
Performance Sessions 19 -21 & 25-27 September 2021
Jenna Jauhiainen: Trigger-Happy
Performance-dates: 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 & 27 of September.
Appointments between 18.00 and 20.00 (for registration: info (at) performance-protocols.net, your participation is first guaranteed when you receive a confirmation e-mail).
Trigger-Happy is an experimental and educational performance about the objective sameness and experiential difference of particular sounds. These are sounds that can both hurt and cause an almost euphoric sensation depending on the individual experiencing them.
The two primary points of reflection in this performance are selective sound sensitivity syndrome (also known as misophonia) and autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR). Misophonia is a condition in which particular sounds cause pain, anxiety and/or other forms of emotional distress. These triggers can in turn trigger a fight or flight response. On the other hand, ASMR is a pleasurable physical and/or emotional sensation triggered by particular sounds. The triggers both in Misophonia and ASMR can and often do include a visual component, potentially linking the two with synaesthesia.
The development and construction of Trigger-Happy has been inspired by a hypothesis suggested by Kerttu Raittila during private discussions about sound sensitivity; the idea that somehow the triggering of a disturbing emotional state by a particular sound could be turned into the triggering of the state of pleasure. Trigger-Happy is intended for anyone interested in the subjective experience of sound. The performance is structured around the sharing of personal experiences of triggering sounds and the current scientific understanding of phenomena surrounding sound sensitivity. The performance includes optional participatory elements, namely a relaxation exercise and the chewing of gum.
Trigger-Happy is performed for 1-3 individuals at a time based on a booked appointment. The performance lasts about 15 minutes, after which there is time reserved for discussion and reflection. Trigger-Happy can be performed in either Finnish or English.
The gallery space is not wheelchair accessible. Upon request, Trigger-Happy can be performed remotely through a video call. The artist is hypersensitive to most fragrances and would appreciate a non-perfumed audience.