Ark of Seeds


The Ark of Seeds: performance and panel discussion on ownership of natural resources.

Kattilahalli in Suvilahti Helsinki will be the arena for The Ark of Seeds -performance and The Seeds of Future -discussion day 27.5.2016 at 17:30. Following the art performance, key speakers will discuss the ownership of seeds and the impact of TTIP treaty on natural resources.

Contributing to the debate: Martti Koskenniemi, professor of International Law at University of Helsinki; Olivier Hoedeman, the research and campaign coordinator at Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO); MEP Heidi Hautala, chair of the Euronest delegation; Jaana Kivi freelance journalist (writer of the book “Brussels sold - lobbying paradise for merchants”, published by Into Kustannus, Helsinki 2016); Aleksi Kuusisto, international officer at SAK, The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions; Dario Alessi, President of Italchamber- Finland.

The discussion is co-moderated by Amcham’s Director, Global Investors’ Program Kimmo Collander and by visual artist Egle Oddo.

The Seeds of Future is a discussion open to public participation, it focuses on the burning issue if under TTIP treaty natural resources would be common property or owned by the companies. Agriculture and seeds have been central part of the life of humans for thousands of years. Are natural plant seeds among what we consider common good?

The context

Ark of Seeds artwork is on display from 20.5. to 30.5, opening hours 11:00 - 19:00, at Kattilahalli Suvilahti. It is part of the group exhibition "The Visitors ed. 3", organized by Catalysti association of Transcultural Artists in Finland. The Seeds of Future discussion is presented in collaboration with Perpetuum Mobile and Frontiers in Retreat. A follow up of the discussion will be presented at World Village Festival at The Land Singing tent, days 28 and 29 of May.

The Ark of Seeds

It is an artwork prevalently dealing with questions related to nutrition, health and fair distribution of natural resources. The priority of the cross-disciplinary experimentation since 2007 has been to shelter natural plant seeds inside a sculpture. Gradually the artwork has matured into a collective performance: aerial acrobats, actors and musicians transfer the plant seeds from the cavity of the sculpture into the hands of the public. The project synthesizes contemporary art, an unprejudiced and gentle scientific touch with groundbreaking research in law.

Ark of Seeds project is supported by Kone Foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, The Finnish Music Foundation, and Arts Council of Uusimaa.


Time and Venue 

Performance and panel, Friday 27.5.2016, starting at 17:30.

Kattilahalli, Kaasutehtaankatu 1, Suvilahti, Helsinki

Free entrance, suitable for families.


Performing artists

Iika Hartikainen, Juho Laitinen, Marika Krook, Outi Pulkkinen, Pinja Schönberg, Riikka Pentinsaari, Riina Tikkanen, Timo Tuhkanen.


Press Contact

Visual artist Egle Oddo

+358 451110119

The Ark of Seeds is published under Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution International License.