TU will be showcased in TEHDAS Teatteri in Turku on 31 May as part of RECEPTION, the 1st Triennial of the Community Arts organised by the Saari Residence maintained by the Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland together with several local partners.
TU is a collaborative performance work by Sonja Jokiniemi and Veera Kivelä. The base of the work is on Veera's language that appears in complex intimate sound systems and movement patterns. Jokiniemi and Kivelä map the performance space through touching, sounding and moving through, communicating with objects, the space itself and with one another. TU is part of a community-based research project Without an alphabet, where Jokiniemi worked with four autistic young adults investigating subjective language systems. Kivelä is one of her collaborators from this project.
The first triennial of the community arts in Finland offers a broad view on socially engaged art practice and on the works of art created in interaction and collaboration with various communities. The theme of the triennial RECEPTION refers on the one hand to the act of receiving as well as to hospitality. On the other hand, it raises questions about the resistance and the power structures. Who do we welcome, to whom do we turn our backs? In which troops do we stand and whose voices are being heard? In this time, what creates the feeling of togetherness? What kind of reactions and artistic outcomes creates the trinity of the artists, the communities and society ?
Between the spring and the early summer of 2016 RECEPTION will spread out to the west coast of Finland. The participating cities are Helsinki, Kemiönsaari, Turku, Mynämäki, Rauma, Pori and Vaasa. In each city, both local and visiting artists open and showcase their collabrative art processes and practices to the wider audience. The full triennial programme contains e.g artists-in-residence, discussions, presentations and works created during the event together with local communities.