Coming up in March: BLAIR! at Kiasma Museum, think tank at Mad House, teaching at Uni Helsinki

I will have a busy March — hope to see you around if you are in Helsinki:

March 8: Think tank on internationality in the performance field: Being International. What, how, with whom, why? I have been invited to take part in this informal think tank session organised by Mad House Helsinki, on 8 March, 1-4 PM. Free entry. Moderated by Juha Valkeapää. Welcome!

March 11-13: I BLAME YOU, TONY BLAIR! will have its Helsinki premiere at Kiasma-teatteri, as part of the performance programme of the exhibition Eri mieltä / Demonstrating Minds of the Kiasma Museum of contemporary art. You are very welcome to see it!!

March 15-April 12: Course “Emancipation through participatory art? Politics of the body in contemporary performance and installation”, University of Helsinki
I will teach this intensive seminar course (worth 5 ECTS study points) for Theatre Research and other Art research MA students at the University of Helsinki. We will close-read and discuss both seminal theoretical texts and less well-known texts that offer insights into the relations between participatory artistic practice, emancipation, body and politics, and analyse  recent performance and installation projects that deal with various forms of emancipation and empowerment.
We will discuss texts by e.g. Claire Bishop, Nicholas Bourriaud, Ed Cohen, Michel Foucault, Miwon Kwon, Davide Panagia and Jacques Rancière, and interrogate e.g. Lois Weaver’s, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen’s, and Claudia Bosse’s performance projects.


About Joonas Lahtinen

Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a performance artist, director and researcher who lives and works in Vienna and Helsinki. His performances are often site-specific and have a strong installational character. In his works, he explores the politics of space and of the everyday from perspectives that are both humorous and disturbing. Joonas has studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he is writing a PhD thesis about the problematic of “emancipatory” participative art at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions both in Finland and abroad.
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