Pixelache is excited to announce the dates and locations for some of our early 2020 projects under the thematic mantle of #Burn____.
Pixelache's 2020 #Burn____ programme is comprised of projects which are facilitated by members of our association. The first quarter of these events collectively, but respectively, address the idea of our perceptions of the current moment, reflecting on both the experiences of the mind and the body as we inhabit the context of contemporary environments.
After a successful #BURN____ Launch event, the programme and the presented projects will explore alternative methodologies relating to activism, meditation and mediation.
SPRING 2020 PROGRAMME
The Exhausted Activist Project (2020)
Artist and facilitator Vishnu Vardhani
29.2. - 2.3.2020
Opening: Saturday 29.2. at 18:00
Finnisage: Monday 2.3.2020 at 13:00
The Exhausted Activist project is centred around setting up a pop-up nap cafe, a space for people to rest but which also challenges the perceived norms of 'work-hours' in order to bring back the culture of taking naps and resting. The purpose of this project is to investigate the neuro-politics of rest and especially sleep.
The Exhausted Activist project aims to consider several questions about how we deal with rest as a society, namely
Can reparations for people match the rapidity of technological growth?
Can rethinking rest in times of high productivity lead to a boom?
Can doing nothing become a rebellion to the ideologies of capitalism?
How do passive bodies rest?
Can self-care and unwork be tools for mental health?
More about the artist and performer Vishnu Vardhani at https://www.vishnuvardhani.com/
Collective Subversive Meditation All That has Melted into Air, Inhale (2019)
Curator and Artist Vera Kavaleuskaya
Facilitator Saša Nemec
9.4.2020 from 18:00
Hermannin rantatie 5
Curator and artist Vera Kavaleuskaya presents her performative project All that has Melted into Air, Inhale (2019). It is a collective subversive meditation followed by a group discussion with attending participants through which the public can share their struggles and fears within the Helsinki and international art scenes.
Popular methods and tactics of self-help such as occidental yoga or wellness, either appropriated or created by neoliberalism, oftentimes are tailored to distract individuals from the real cause of their distress and let them repeatedly focus on temporary solutions. Whilst this temporal relief may be helpful in certain occasions, generally, this tendency may lead towards the de-politicization and further alienation of individuals.
Combining the lecture and physical practice, collective subversive meditation All that has melted into air, inhale (2019) questions the position of our bodies within the territory of struggle, and views the air we breathe as an invisible witness and a result of a quite visible problem of extractive capitalism. Within this subversive meditation, participants would attempt to shift attention back towards the production of collectivity, critically reflect upon their exhaustion and the exhaustion of resources, and take a sideways in thinking about the corporeal, their bodies, and their functions.
Photo courtesy of Samra Sabanović / Shelter Festival
More about the artist and curator Vera Kavaleuskaya https://www.kavaleuskaya.com/
Participating artists: Mari Keski-Korsu,
Facilitator Alan Bulfin
15.5.2020 from 15:00
Bunkers is a one-day event touring Seinäjoki's unused bomb shelters as well as publicly used underground shelters to present performative, environmental and video art with featured artists Julia Kukkonen and Charli Clark. The project is facilitated by Pixelache Helsinki members artists Mari Keski-Korsu and Alan Bulfin.
The Bunkers tour will be followed by a panel discussing how art and green care psychology combine to create new paths of thinking and forms of public care. This is explored through the concept of embodiment and is also why the bunkers are used. The panel discussion will be held in Seinäjoki Taidehalli’s Vintti space.
The concept of embodiment can be explained by thinking of how a bunker, in its function, has an unsettling feeling of imminent disaster or impending doom. That is to say, a bunker embodies existential dread and anxiety even if it is never used. Finland has a unique feature of its building regulations. Any newly constructed building over a certain size must install a bunker. This means that Finland as a nation has legislated for a worst-case scenario. Bunkers mediate this anxiety through explorative practice within these speculative spaces.
The event will take place in collaboration with Seinäjoki Taidehalli http://www.seinajoentaidehalli.fi/