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.

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30 Poems for Artists: Elizabeth Ardent

Live Art, Poetry, 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.

Elizabeth attended ConVerge artist residency in Ponderosa with me. It was pleasant to watch her work, and I immediately got a glimpse of her being intelligent and playful. Now that is a perfect combination for a dance artist with a broad interest in different aspects of performing, right?

The look on your face

is both pretty and thoughtful

But so far I’m not sure

which strings to pull

When I look at you I find myself waiting

for a clever line

with no anticipating!

30 Poems for Artists: Kajanne Pepper

Live Art, Poetry, 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.
Kaj-anne Pepper is a stunningly talented performer from Oregon, the USA. I had the chance to work with him in Ponderosa for two weeks, experimenting with ideas about creating a performance in a group of four artists. Working with Pepper was such a trip – he gave me a tour in the world of his work as a drag queen, and I hope I got the chance to give something in return. Pepper is a skillful, sensitive and multi-faceted artist, so please stay up to date about what he’s doing!

Your words are fast and your mind is curious

You seem colorful and furious

You do drag and fag and make it all up

by being as cute as an electric pup!

So please give me the lipstick now

so we can be sassy, and the crowd goes: WOW!

30 Poems for Artists: Jonny Rowden

Live Art, 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.

Jonny Rowden is a stunning performer, whose number one strength is his ability to apply his presence to the moment. Whatever he does, he does it with 100% presence, being humble about his skills. His history is full of interesting details, such as working in Brasil – he learnt Portuguese in just a couple of weeks! – and playing football (I think he may say it’s really nothing but I saw him kick the ball like it was his boss’ ass). And he is a chef, too! Stay tuned about Aminal, they make wonderful art, something that moves on the area of theatre but also twists your mind nicely. Tweeting: @_AMINAL

Oh, that blonde hair of yours.

I envy the color of it, of course!

You’re a package with lots

of energy and guts

You’re fun and friendly and cool

and when you see chocolate,

it makes you drool

30 Poems for Artists: Tara Rynders

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.

Here’s the poem for Tara Rynders, an astonishingly beautiful choreographer, dancer, performer and overall artist who engages the audience into private, personal, beautiful encounters with the performers in her works. She is the artistic director of You&Me, and she worked in Ponderosa together with a skillful artist crew, leaving no one cold after the showings. The collaboration gave the work a lot of warmth and spirit.

 

Someone might have taken a ladder

climbing up on the sky

Taken down a pair of stars

to be framed by your hair

And as they shine on your face

you dance on, like it was a race

You know there’s beauty around

– that’s what you’re speaking out loud

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: Alex Crow

Live Art, Yleinen

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.

Alex Crow is a dancer from SF, the United States, and she breathes her way through the world with a very sensitive connection to her body.

Photo: Yvonne Portra

Poem nr 5.

I left your party with a scrunted face

and you may wonder why

But my heart was simply just misplaced

and I did start to cry

when you sang that song the funeral “so long”

That’s when my tears fell down.

The archives of a Performance artist: Santa Amore, 2003

Live Art

Oh, that blissful sensation of feeling younger again! This happens when I look at these pictures of Santa Amore, a performance I made in Gallery Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland in 2003. It was a night called Là-Bas Post-Male Performance and it included only women performers’ works. I remember many others from there: Essi Kausalainen, Leena Kela, Sanna Karlsson-Sutisna, Irma Optimisti and so on. We still have a those great artists working to make our world a little different and awake.

I would be very happy to mention who took the photos, but there was no name left either on the film roll or my memory. Please feel free to help me remember!

Kuvaesitys vaatii JavaScriptin.

The archives of a Performance artist: Polemik/Rinkelit, 2001

Live Art

It was 2001 and I was 20 years old. My heart was on fire and I wanted to do performance art. So I did; the first performance of my career took place on Exit Festival of Unusual Live Performances, which was arranged by the award-winning artist Roi Vaara, at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki. Interestingly enough, Roi found a free spot in the schedule for me to perform.
The performance Polemik/Rinkelit included drinking coffee, lighting candles, rolling on the floor, and throwing bagels on the audience. They were also given paper flyers with an info graph of the performer’s body temperature during the last 7 days.
It is very interesting to look back and think about the connection of the old works compared to the present. One thing I still have in common with the young Outi-Illuusia, is the enthusiasm to find unique ways of connecting with the viewers. The audience is always important for any performer.

Lighting up a memorial candle. Photo: Christopher Hewitt

Making movements with the body on an X shaped area. Photo: Christopher Hewitt

Enthusiasm is overflowing towards the climax of the performance, when it is time to throw the bagels on people. Photo: Christopher Hewitt

I’m on a Truck drive!

Poetry, Visual Art

http://halvard-johnson.blogspot.fi/search?q=illuusia

This blog has a very nice concept: the driver changes every month, being the curator of the artistic content of the blog. My work, a 4 pic series of visual poems ”The Questioner”, is travelling on the Truck since Monday, 8th September. Go and have a look!

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