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Ptarmigan is a proud partner of the Helsinki instalment of 'City Ghettoes Today' which will occur in September 2014 and will consist of an installation, a seminar and workshops guided by international artists.

City Ghettos of Today is an international cooperation project dealing with urban spaces and in six European cities; Paris, Warsaw, Helsinki, Bologna, Milan and Berlin. The team consists of artists and researchers in every city.

The international installation of the City Ghettos of Today will be constructed to Helsinki in September 2014. During twelve days period (8.-21.9.) the international team of artists including theatre directors and sound and video artists will direct the construction of the installation in cooperation with the local people. Before Helsinki the installation has been constructed in Paris, Warsaw and Bologna.

The first place to receive the installation will be Cultural Centre Stoa in Itäkeskus, during week 37, between 9.-14.9, combined with workshops. The installation coincides with an international theatre festival that will take place in the Cultural centre at the same time. From Stoa the installation travels to the centre of the city of Helsinki, to a temporarily free installation space in shopping centre Forum.The installation will combine sounds, videos and live performances made by citizens living in Helsinki, especially in its migrant-rich areas. The creation of the contents will be done mainly in areas close to Itäkeskus, but also the central installation will have interactive elements.

Seminar and public debate will take place on September 16th 14- 18 at Lavaklubi, “Stage club”, in the basement of the National Theatre. International and local cases of art projects, with background information of studies related to urban development and cultural diversity in Helsinki will be presented. The presentations will be followed by a public debate.


  • Kulttuurikeskus Stoa – Cultural Centre Stoa
    Address: Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus, 00900 Helsinki
  • Kauppakeskus Forum – Shopping Centre Forum, basement
    Mannerheimintie 14–20, 00100 Helsinki
  • Kansallisteatterin Lavaklubi – Stage Club, National Theatre
    Läntinen Teatterikuja 1, 00100 Helsinki

For more information check out:

Ptarmigan Tallinn's current artist in residence, Camilla Graff Junior, will perform My Mom is a Wolf, My Dad... at XL Art Space on Tuesday, 26 November at 18:00. The performance is free and lasts about 80 minutes.

We are looking for elephants and performers to take part in a new art work by British artist Amelia Beavis-Harrison on Friday 18th October 2013. The performance is part of the Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France festival which will take place in Helsinki from 17-20 October. The new piece called The Elephant Dance will see six people take on the roles of elephant and hunter as a durational performance plays out around the Helsinki Art Museum. The performance uses movement as a way of interpreting traditional tribal dance to create a re-worked performance but is not a choreographed piece.

Who we are looking for:

- People prepared to give their time to a workshop to develop the work and a subsequent performance. 

- You can be an artist, dancer, student or someone with a general interest, 18 years or over

- There is no requirement to come from a dance or performance background, there will be no set dance steps to learn

What you will be asked to do:

- Take part in a day workshop led by the artist that will incorporate learning performance techniques which will lead into development of the performance. Workshop is Friday 18th October from 11am

- Take part in the durational performance around the Helsinki Art Museum. Performance is on Friday 18th October from 4pm

- Wear a costume for the duration of the performance

Overall this aims to be an enjoyable experience where you become a part of a new and evolving piece and get to meet other new like minded people.

For more about Amelia’s art practice see:

PARTICIPATION --> please email with the subject heading 'elephants and performers'
Image credit: Amelia Beavis-Harrison 'Watch the wall, my darling, as the gentlemen go by!' (2012), photographer: John Plowman. 

Performance installation duo, ROOMS, is looking for seven to nine performers to perform in Ritual No. 1: Counting Birds, for Dimanche Rouge Experimental Performance Festival which Ptarmigan is co-producing in Helsinki. One rehearsal is required on October 16 (3pm-5pm), 2013 with performances on October 17th and October 18th (2.30pm - 5.30pm). The performance is three hours long and requires very little performance experience but endurance to stand and speak with minimal movements is necessary. Counting Birds is interesting to perform as it provides a meditating experience for the audience as well as the performer.

ROOMS, is comprised of husband and wife, Marrakesh and Todd Frugia. They are a performance art installation duo from Chicago, USA.ROOMS maintains the belief that the power of art lives within the visceral reaction to the questions that mystery and ambiguity provoke.Please visit for past artwork. Video to see Ritual No. 1: Counting Birds first performed in ROOMS gallery can been seen here:

If you are interested to participate as a performer please contact:

Christian Cruz - / ROOMS / Studio Manager || Curator


Sari Kivinen -


From 17th-20th October 2013 Ptarmigan will collaborate with French based organisation Dimanche Rouge to realise part of the tri-national experimental performance festival Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France (DR.EFF for short).

Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France will bring together a host of prominent art institutions, alternative un-institutions and artist-run spaces, with over 100 of the most exciting performance artists coming from some 30 countries.

The aim of the festival is to present a diverse international platform to create exchange, dialogue and debate around the thriving experimental performance scene. In addition to the performances, the festival will also offer roundtable discussions, workshops and talks for artists and the general public.

Programs will be video streamed live and publicly screened at several locations worldwide. 

In Helsinki collaborating partners include: EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art), Helsinki Art Museum, HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), XL Art Space, Oksasenkatu11, and Presentaatio: Live Art Info Finland. 

The festival is co-produced by: Dimanche Rouge, Ptarmigan ry, Art Container/Polymer, and Le Generateur/Frasq.

Partially supported by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office.  Support for artists by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Korean Arts Council.  Additional support for some artists by the British Council, the Austrian, Hungarian, and Polish embassies in Tallinn, and Le Generateur/Frasq. Other support is pending. / UPDATES COMING SOON! 

‘Kontaining13: Traces’ was a one week takeover of a shipping container turned art container in the centre of Helsinki. The programme was coordinated by Ptarmigan directors (Amal Laala, James Andean, Marek Pluciennik and Sari T.M. Kivinen) in collaboration with Outi Korhonen (regional artist on cultural diversity of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland).

This was the second time we were invited to present a programme for the art container. In 2012 we focused on presenting the work of selected artists who responded to an open-call in a programme simply called Kontaining. This year we decided to shift the focus and to develop the programme more in accord to our collective and individual artistic interests. Subsequently each director oversaw one day of the programme, during which we developed both solo and collaborative work. We also included a day of improvised collaboration at the conclusion of the week, in which all of us bought in aspects explored in the previous days.

The red string that ran through the entire programme was that we all explored various ways to engage our activities with the site of a busy urban space and the random people walking past. For example Marek invited people to look inside the container through a peep-hole in which they could see themselves looking into the container via a live video feed; Amal collaborated with Karim Galenius to present an open workshop and discussion about the role of protest in society; Sari worked with artist Hannah Harkes to develop a collective narrative (drawn and written) about the container, the people passing by were drawn and written into their narrative in real-time; and James explored the site with the Tuesday group – a group who normally explores improvisation together on Tuesdays (this time on a Saturday).

In addition Alejandro Olarte presented a sonic workshop, Rank Ensemble presented live improvised sound evening, Catalysti spent a day promoting their activities as a new association supporting transcultural artists in Finland, and Rebecca Clamp performed a dynamic concert as the final event of the week. 

Check out linked photo evidence of our activities.