One of the main Finnish radio stations YLE PUHE interviewed me about my life as an artist and researcher living in Vienna and Helsinki, and about the differences between the two cities and countries (sorry, in Finnish only). The interview series is titled “Maailmankansalaisia” that roughly translates as “Cosmopolitans”. You can listen to the interview here. On the website, you also have access to our previous radio interview about R.I.P. SERVICES at YLE PUHE in August 2016, titled “Koska hengityskoneet sammutetaan?” (“When should we switch off the respiration machine?”).
Last week, the culture TV channel ORF 3 showed a documentary about architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s life, including a short sequence with my dramaturge (and relative of Schütte-Lihotzky) Luzie Stransky and of our performance/installation EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU (about from min. 35:00 onwards). The documentary can be viewed online a few days only (click here).
Our Vienna Atelier Glockengasse 8a (Miriam Laussegger/Pablo Chiereghin/Joonas Lahtinen) is part of this year’s Studio festival Q202 — we focus on “older” works (made before 2010) and present works of some 30 fellow artists too!
Today 21.4. our studio is open until midnight, tomorrow Saturday between 2 and 9 pm 14-21, and on Sunday between 2 and 6 pm!
Address: Glockengasse 8a, 1020 Wien (U2 Taborstrasse)
Photo: Joonas Lahtinen, Love Letter #2 (for Jenny), 2008, text and ticker, inspired by Jenny Holzer’s practice
From now on I’ll be working as a University Assistant (equivalent of „lecturer“ in many other countries) at The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna / Institute for Education in the Arts / Art and Education Program in the superb team of Prof. Elke Krasny – it seems that I have landed at a place where I can combine all of my key professional interests (doing own artistic and research projects + teaching and planning practical and theoretical courses, exhibitions and events) at one of the oldest and most renowned art universities in the world.
I will be able to realize projects with external partners and outside the academia too; all current project plans are still valid. That is, in the coming years there will be a lot going on both within the institutional walls and beyond them — stay tuned!
We had a great opening weekend at Mad House Helsinki – you can listen to the sound installation until 8 April 2017 during the Mad House Season 4 events!
On your way to the toilets of Mad House Helsinki, you will be confronted with provocative questions taken from a questionnaire on death – however, the word “death” is replaced by “Mad House” in each question, resulting in emotional, playful and quirky statements about one of the most exciting performance venues in Helsinki!
My 2017 will begin with teaching and the premiere of our sound installation in Helsinki —
12 Jan: Guest Lecture session “Parts that matter – contemporary critical discourses and the politics of participatory art practice” at the course Relational, Immersive and Participatory Activities, University of the Arts Helsinki / Theatre Academy
13-14 Jan: Sound installation What’s your take on Mad House? at the Opening weekend of Mad House Helsinki Season 4. You can listen to the installation during the opening hours of Mad House during the whole spring, until 9 April 2017!
Also, I’m very happy and proud to announce that I have been invited to the steering group of the new international Master programme “Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research” at the University of the Arts Helsinki / Theatre Academy.
The innovative programme starts in Fall 2017 and it will be organized in cooperation with Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Université Libre Bruxelles/Brussels, Aberystwyth University Wales, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, and Kunsthøgeskolen Oslo.
Yet another exiting piece of news:
I have been invited to teach an course on transdiciplinary art-making practices at the Studio for Art and Education (Kunst und Bildung/Institut für das künstlerisches Lehramt) of the renowned Academy of Fine Arts Vienna!! The course takes place between early March and June 2017.
More info about these and other activities to follow soon…
*** We wish all our audiences and partners all best for the remainder of 2016 – and hope to see you in 2017!! ***
Now it’s official! —
We will make a sound installation “What’s your take on Mad House?” for the MAD HOUSE HELSINKI SEASON 4 and it will run between January and April 2017 in the toilets of the festival centre at Suvilahti, Helsinki!
The previous version of the project, “Wie stehen Sie zum brut?” was part of the So weit so brut festival in brut Wien (Vienna) in 2015.
Hope to see you (or hear you) in Helsinki in early 2017!