Performance ”Fragment Management” in Galleria SIC, March 2015

Live Art

On Saturday 27th March, I performed in Angakoq performance art event in Gallery SIC, Helsinki. The event was curated by The Painter Cats, Aura Hakuri and Linda Granfors.
Fragment Management is a performance where the short fragments comment on the fragmentedness of life: even when it comes to long periods of time, we usually remember them as collections of moments, several smallers things that happened.
Photos by SIC, 2015.

ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia LiljaANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja ANGAKOQ II, 28.3. - 29.3.2015, SIC /// Outi-Illuusia Lilja

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30 Poems for Artists: Johanna Gilje

Live Art, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Johanna Gilje works with video, installation and performance art. She brings theory and practice together dynamically, engaging you into detailed and inspiring conversations, or maybe a crazy improv dance session with laughter.

Photo: Jonny Rowden

Poem nr. 7

Style and attitude, the grace of a venus

when we jammed, I wish I could have seen us

I like your way,

a city woman with some hay

in the hair

You always play a game that is fair

30 Poems for Artists: Agnė Auželytė

Live Art

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, in autumn 2014, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Today, it is the turn of Agnė Auželytė, a special Lithuanian lady, a dancer and performer, with a great peculiar sense of humour. Her performances as a musician give the audience a warm and funny feeling, yet they also ooze with deep emotional content. She sings and plays with passion and, for sure, does everything else with passion as well.

Photo by Yoav Admoni.

Poem nr. 4

Could I take those eyes

and frame them

and tame them

and put them on the wall?

The eyebrows would go too

That’s quite well for describing you.

30 Poems for Artists: Nicole Nigro, dancer and choreographer

Poetry

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Today, it is the turn of Nicole Nigro from Toronto, Canada. She is a dance artist, choreographer and educator who is interested in interdisciplinarity in her work. Her presence as a performer is both delicate and very intense.

Photo by Jennifer Picard.

Poem nr 2.

Nicole Nigro

The voice of yours?

Please, keep on talking

You’re like a good radio voice

to listen while you’re walking

And I tell you, if I was a guy

those eyes would make me shy

so you can walk past me

whenever you want

‘cause you look like a letter

written with a script font

The archives of a Performance artist: Live art group ”O”, 2003-2004

Live Art

It is stunningly beautiful to go through some old papers and suddenly run into old pictures and notes made over 10 years ago. This just happened to me last month, and here it is, the memories of the performance art duet ”O”.

Live Art Group: O (2003-2004)

O (the letter O, referring to a circle as a never-ending and strictly geometric form) was an artist duo of me (known then with the name Parviainen) and Lauri Luhta. We would be known with names ”Die Systematische Frau” and ”Der logischen Mann”. We came up with the urge to establish O after experiencing several simultaneous geometric occasions in Berlin on October 2003, while performing solo and group works in International Congress of Performance Art, Gallery SoToDo. Being inspired by the authentic works of art in the Bauhaus Museum, the duo O started a series of performances including geometric elements in action such as drawing circles and squares, using pure basic colors according to Johannes Itten, and measuring/mathematics. The question was often much about nutritional experiments, too, like finding a suitable state of mind and body through kethosis, enjoying lots of caffeine or nutritional supplements, or fasting before the performance. The first performance in Berlin included feeding the audience with Schokoladenriegeln (chocolate Santa Clauses). The first performance was a collaboration with Morlokkiarmeija, which later came to be known as KOELSE, Kokeellisen Elektroniikan Seura (Association of experimental electronics). Later, some technological experiments were involved, such as wearing a 4-channel recorder attached to the body, and overlapping the recordings of nutrition and science based mind flow dialogue while moving on the floor only by lying on our back. In Taidehalli, Helsinki, you would also see Die Systematische Frau, eyes wide open, kneeled in front of a TV producing a static image, with her face attached to the screen with tape, as Der Logischen Mann would walk around a circle and make some measurements on KOELSE members with a measuring tape.

The performances were named by numbers according to their appearance, so the first one would be ”0”, the next one ”1” and so on. Due to the short name of both the group and the performances, it would sometimes happen that the audience had a hard time understanding that O was the name of a performer. That is, of course, a typical thing to happen to a conceptual art maker, and also a part of the risky business of simplifying things to the ultimatum.
Here is some info that was found in an old artist file, made on the years we still had more paper photos and prints than blogs and web sites:

FILE: O
ESTABLISHED:
11th October 2003 in Bunker, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Deutschland
MEMBERS:
Outi-Illuusia Parviainen ”Die Systematische Frau” and Lauri Luhta ”Der Logischen Mann”
MOTTO: ”Less is more. A circle has it all.”
INSPIRATION: Minimalism, functionalism, suprematism, the Bauhaus. Basic forms and primary colors. Measuring things, analyzing, research. German language.
SPECIAL: An original terminology, a good example being ”graani: the culmination of something that tests the inhuman experience of comfort; such as a change of temperature, physical or mental stress, or such. It is experienced as a sensation of weight. Can roughly be translated as punishment, fever.”

O_file_2003

The Questioner @ Eskus on 13th Sep, 2014

Live Art, Poetry

Here are a couple of pics of my performance Pakettitoimitus (Package Delivery) at Eskusplosion 24h, a performance art event at Esitystaiteen Keskus, Helsinki. The performance included arriving inside a big skin tone hood, holding a chocolate bunny; the peeling of several wrapped layers of fabric that were on the performer, while hearing the reading of a poetic monologue about the lonely waiting for lost letter mail; finding bagels from inside the wrappings; finally, getting free from the wraps, and exposing a black question-marked overall and a question-marked pair of sunglasses. The urge to get to eat the chocolate bunny despite the physical, invisible hindrances included falling down over again, and then finally, getting a sweet bite of the bunny. ”And oh… All these pretzels… and bagels.. and pretzelsss… and bagels (…) I have made for you!”

Arriving with a chocolate bunny.

Unwrapping the white coverings from the body, bagels falling off from the pieces of clothing.

The question mark is there.

Hunting the chocolate bunny on the floor. It tried to escape.

The two layers of eyes.