We call Ptarmigan a 'project space' and we like recurring events that can build on existing experiences. Many of our events fall under one or more of these projects. We're always open to proposals for new projects as well as new events under existing themes.
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'Guesting' is a series of live events focused on encouraging cross-pollination between creative individuals and collectives. Guesting live art events began in 2013, to date we have had three events in which artists and arts organisers from various backgrounds came together to share experiences of artistic production and to forge new connections. Each live event involved merging together conversation with performance elements.
The word 'guesting' can indicate: 1) appearing as a guest; 2) participating as a guest; 3) entertaining as a guest. In 2014 Ptarmigan will continue the Guesting series.
Kontaining13: Traces takes place in a shipping container in Lasipalatsinaukio, Helsinki, from the 3rd-9th of June 2013. Kontaining is produced by Ptarmigan ry in association with The Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
This year each of the four Ptarmigan directors will be curating a section of the program according to their own artistic practice. Each artist comes from a different discipline and will produce their own artistic work and/or invite other artists from a variety of genres and backgrounds into the space. One day in the programme will be dedicated to a collaboration between the group in the space.
Kontaining is process-oriented, supports experimentation and encourages interactive and site-specific artwork and cross-media exchange. Each day there will be traces left for the next day’s activities taking into consideration the specific site of the container in Kamppi. The programme will include cross-pollination between diverse categories such as installation, performance, sound, music, screenings and participatory activities.
What is it?
A project that began in 2012 exploring cross-cultural food experiences. 'Our Cuisine=Our Stories' in 2012 took the form of a cooking club during which nine women from diverse cultural and occupational backgrounds met weekly in East Helsinki during a two month period. A blog and a DIY publication were developed from the material collected during the meetings.
In 2013 OC=OS has taken the form of workshops and 'Taste Exchange' events. In March 2013 we presented our first Taste Exchange event as part of IRVi (a night of performances at Stoa Cultural Centre as part of the week against racism). During September and October 2013 we will present Taste Exchange events at Helsinki's open air market (Kauppartori), as part of Art Häme festival in Riihimäki and at Ptarmigan space in Tallinn.
Amal Laala & Sari Kivinen
“Sari is an artist whose projects explore a relationship between storytelling, performance and identity. Amal is a socially engaged artist who works with various groups and communities to instigate and engage in discussion, experimentation and play. Both are working with the artist association Ptarmigan ry, which is a mobile curatorial project based platform.”
Ptarmigan has been proud to operate a residency programme since our inception. These residencies have ranged from two-month projects (supported by Kulturkontakt Nord) to shorter, grassroots/self-funded projects. Below are some of the artists, curators, and producers who we have hosted over the years.
In August 2012 Ptarmigan is inviting UK-based artist Brian Lobel to develop the performance Carpe Minuta Prima and a related workshop in Helsinki. Lobel’s visit is connected to the Due Diligence Development Circuit (DDDC), which Ptarmigan in Helsinki is a member of. Our focus theme is alternate economies and self-organisation. Lobel’s performative installation ‘seizes the moment’ by buying minutes of time from participants, records these minutes and re-packages them into one-off DVDs. CMP intervenes in and transforms public space by asking people to reflect on issues of economy and the value of our time.
Brian Lobel has previously performed in Finland at ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art in Kuopio, showing his work PURGE which was witnessed in person and online by over 5000 people. Lobel is a New York-born, London-based performer who creates playful and provocative installations and stage shows about the body, illness, community and interactivity. His original work has been shown at the V&A Museum, British Film Institute, Tate Modern, Duckie, Sadler’s Wells, Brixton Market and Barbican (London), Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Festival, and in over 80 cities internationally. He has received commissions and grants from Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Motiroti, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. A book of his plays (BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer) was published in 2012 by Oberon Books, as was a DVD of his collected work, published by the Live Art Development Agency, London.
Johannes Blomqvist was born 1985 in Tibro, Sweden but has now his base in Norrbotten (the most northern county in Sweden). Johannes mainly works with performance art, but sometimes also with theatre, dance and installations. He has participated at many festivals, galleries and other events in many countries, such as Norway, England, Spain, Portugal the UK, Germany and Brazil. In Norrbotten his touring performance Personal Shopping has been a big success, and he has been organizing the performance Art Festival “LEIF” in Luleå. He has recently started a new platform for performance art called PAIN (Performance Art In Norrbotten), which organizes performance events, Artists Residencies and workshops in Norrbotten. Alongside, Johannes has worked as a companion for visually impared people and got an interest for perception and the complexity of our senses. During his residency at Ptarmigan in Helsinki, Johannes will develop and deepen his artistic research in these themes by making performances and other happenings together with visually impared people in the city.
"I love performance art. It is for real. Real emotions, real people. I also love working with real stuff - in nature and use organic, natural material such as dirt, water and food. I love the sublime, the dressed, the grand, the festive. I love combining this with the natural. For me the site, space and context always is the starting-point for my work. And while doing it being present and trying get my audience to be that too. I want to give my audience a experience and that it include use of more than just one sense. I want to really meet them. Be in the meeting. For real. I also try to warp the reality a bit and what I show doesn´t have to make sense."
Kristīne Želve is a filmmaker, writer and curator of cultural events. She has BA in film and TV directing and Master of Arts in culture management. She has directed creative documentaries , TV productions and music videos, produced film and theatre festivals and urban art projects in Riga. Since 2005 she is a presenter of the daily culture program on Latvian State TV. In 2011 her first book of short stories The Girl Who Cut My Hair was published.
Since 2009 Kristīne is working on researching Latvian - Finnish melodrama master, filmmaker Teuvo Tulio (1912 – 2000). She is making the creative documentary Fedya about his childhood in Latvia and currently developing the international multimedia project Teuvo Tulio – In Between the Worlds which includes exhibition, film screenings and discussion panels to celebrate Tulio’s 100 years anniversary.
During her Ptarmigan residency, Kristīne will conduct further research into Teuvo Tulio's life and work on her film with some public talks and screenings.
Sasa Rajsic (1985, Yugoslavia) is a visual artists working in performance, video, installation, sculpture and painting. Rajsic is currently enrolled in Master of Arts Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies at Theatre Academy Helsinki.
History is an important aspect of all of my work. I use historical references, not to literally interpret but to analytically approach and distinguish paradox within them. My work is conceptually based and tend to be as exploratory and critical of itself as I am of the ideas that are being communicated.
Ptarmigan has hosted a variety of projects, some regular and some irregular. Here are former recurring projects that are currently inactive (but may come back to life).
Aalto University Laptop Orchestra aims to bring together all kinds of interests for sharing experimental/electronic music experience in live performances. AULO is an open group for experimenting collaborative laptop music both in academic and free context.
artHOP is a socially engaged participatory hopping betweens places. Some places will already be artistically charged (e.g. the gallery), whilst other places will challenge us to think about them in artistic ways (e.g. a dog show or industrial site). artHOP is a leisurely (yet active) Saturday afternoon hopping group and will meet every couple of weeks (please check this site for updates of dates and locations). 3-4 places will be visited each time. Welcome along!
Clip Kino' events are self-organised screening events of short video clips & documentaries found online. It aims to drag aspects of normalised 'private' activity - of viewing downloaded content on one's own computer - into public space for screening, appreciation and debate. 'Media-environmental awareness' applies to include the social ecology of one's interests, desires, and attentions in one's peer-group and community.
Ptarmigan ry is co-producing part of the Helsinki leg of the Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France festival from October 17th till the 20th, 2013.
The festival takes place in Tallinn, Helsinki/ Espoo, and Paris and is organized by Paris based Dimanche Rouge in partnership with associations Ptarmigan ry, Art Container/Culture Factory Polymer and Le Generateur/Frasq. The program will feature experimental performances in disciplines including performance art, audiovisual, multimedia, dance and sound art.
In addition to the performances, participating artists will hold roundtable discussions and talks throughout the festival.The festival will be held at a range of venues including national museums, artist-run spaces and various site-specific locations.
Ptarmigan co-directors Sari Kivinen and Christine Langinauer have curated part of the Helsinki program which is focused on site specificity, urban explorations and interventions in public spaces.
Dimanche Rouge is a Paris-based, non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of experimental and live art. Check out their website http://dimancherouge.org/ for more details including a spunky online catalogue featuring all of the artists involved in the festival!
Ali Al-Fatlawi and Wathiq Al-Ameri, Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Andrea Saemann, Andres Montes, Andrus Joonas, Arianne Foks, Belinda Campbell, Corporal Outis, David Commander, Eniko Buday and András J.Nagy, Erik Alalooga, Erki Kasemets, Ernest Truely, Francesca Fini, Gisela Hochuli, Hector Canonge, IP Group, Jamie McMurry, Janet Meaney, Jasmin Schaitl, Jean-Christophe Petit, Jeffery Byrd, Judith Huber, Jussi Matilainen, Kaia Otstak, Karolin Kent and Sarah Armstrong, Katrinamuri, Kimbal Quist Bumstead, Krachkisten, Lora Dimova, Meri Nikula, Monica Klingler, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Neil Luck, Nicole Rechsteiner, Peter Shaw, Philip Levine, Raul Rajangu, Robin Pourbaix, Rooms, Runabout, Sabotanic Garden, Upcycle Roundup, Valerian Maly and Klara Schilliger, Venelin Shurelov, VJ Eletroiman and Sonikgroove, VJ Emiko, VJ Jago, VJ Juladi, Vloeistoff, Weeks & Whitford, Willem Wilhelmus, Wunderkind.
Dimanche Rouge: Opie Boero Imwinkelried and Oscar Mac-Fall, Ptarmigan: Sari Kivinen, Christine Langinauer, Art Container: Sandra Jogeva, Swiss Artists: Gisela Hochuli, Visual Brasil: Ricardo Cancado aka VJ Eletroiman.
CABLE FACTORY Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo, Tallberginkatu 1 C 15, FI-00180 Helsinki
EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art The Weegee Exhibition Centre, Ahertajantie 5, Tapiola, 02070 Espoo
FINNKINO CINEMA Salomonkatu 15, 00100 Helsinki
GALLERIA AUGUSTA Suomenlinna B 44 E13, Susisaari 00190 Helsinki
HELSINKI ART MUSEUM (TENNIS PALACE OR TENNISPALATSI) Salomonkatu 15, 00100 Helsinki
HÖYHENTÄMO (PLUCKHOUSE) Korkeavuorenkatu 17, 00130 Helsinki
GALLERIA HUUTO JÄTKÄSAARI Makasiini L3, Tyynenmerenkatu 6, 00220 Helsinki
KAMPPI SHOPPING CENTRE/ KAMPPI KESKUKSEN E-TASO (HELSINKI ART MUSEUM POP-UP) Urho Kekkosen katu, 00100 Helsinki
KIASMA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Mannerheiminaukio 2, FIN-00100, Helsinki OKSASENKATU 11 Oksasenkatu 11, 00100 Helsinki
SOKOS HOTEL ALEKSANTERI Albertinkatu 34, 00180 Helsinki
XL ART SPACE Vuorikatu 22 00100 Helsinki
CULTURE FACTORY POLYMER, ART CONTAINER Madara 22, 10613 Tallinn
KUMU Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1, 10127 Tallinn
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ESTONIA (RAHVUSRAAMATUKOGU) Tõnismägi 2, Kesklinn 15189 Tallinn
PTARMIGAN Toom-Kooli 13 Tallinn
FRANCE: LE GENERATEUR 16 rue Charles Frérot, 94250 Gentilly.
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Festival partners and sponsors: Ptarmigan ry, Art Container/Culture Factory Polymer, Le Generateur/Frasq, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, HIAP, Embassy of Belgium in Helsinki, Anis Gras, and Embassy of Poland in Tallinn, Sokos Hotel Viru. Venue partners: Culture Factory Polymer, Le Generateur, Galleria Augusta, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki Art Museum, KUMU Art Museum, Kiasma, Ptarmigan Tallinn, Oksasenkatu 11, XL Art Space, Huuto Jätkäsaari, Performance Center Eskus, Finnkino, Höyhentämo (Pluckhouse), National Library of Estonia and Cable Factory/Kaapelitehdas. Support for artists: Korean Arts Council, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Balassi Institute’s Hungarian Institute in Tallinn, British Council, Embassy of Austria in Tallinn, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, ArtsACT, BMUKK, and Land Steiermark. Other support: Hornborg, Bulgarian and Polish embassies in Helsinki, French Institute and Italian Cultural Institute in Helsinki, MUU ry, Presentaatio, Visual Brasil, VJ Fest Turkey, Proyecto Hibrido, Bambuser and Souvenirs From Earth.
Due Diligence Development Circuit is a network comprised of five partner organisations in the Nordic & Batlic countries: Ptarmigan (Tallinn, Estonia), Ptarmigan (Helsinki, Finland), Small Projects (Tromsø, Norway), Mount Analogue (Stockholm, Sweden) and Weld (Stockholm, Sweden). The network is funded in 2012 by Nordic Culture Point. All of the partners are non-profit, artist-run platforms, and view the operation of their events as an artistic project in itself.
The starting point of Due Diligence Development Circuit (dddc) is to explore three content areas:
1. Experimental arts collaboration. Programmes in this field will be open-form group activities that explore performance, visual art, sound, and other forms. The emphasis is on collaboration, not the production of objects or media.
2. Maker culture. Programmes in this field will take a hands-on approach, where participants will take on production strategies through the “DIY” model. This could be anything ranging from homebuilt electronics, musical instruments, or software engineering.
3. Sustainable lifestyles. Programmes in this field will investigate the rhythms of life in the contemporary Nordic and Baltic countries, looking at sustainability awareness, behavioural alternatives, and critiques of society.
In 2012 we will invite selected artists to work with us as we develop the dddc network.
A performance idea, which will occur when desired in response to a particular space, an exhibition or situation. Durational Relational is about verbal and non-verbal conversation between the artists, the site, the artwork/s and the audience.
We are founding the first open Hackerspace (*) in the capital region of Finland. (* or "Makerspace", "FabLab", or whatever you want to call it!)
We are now recruiting more members who are willing to pay 15-25€/month, or whatever it takes to rent a reasonable work space in Helsinki. The more members we get, the cheaper it will be for each!
We are, among other DIY-projects, interested about applying electronics to various ideas, not just traditional hardware hacker stuff, but also in artistic and other sectors, like 3D-printing and so on. But of course it depends on our coming members, which kind of direction Helsinki Hacklab will eventually take.
Currently we are not actively offering residencies in Helsinki as our focus is increasingly about developing projects that are initiated by the members of Ptarmigan association.
However residencies have been one interesting part of our relatively short existence. Between 2009-2011 we were host to a variety of residencies for artists and other creative producers. These were sometimes been Helsinki-based people working in our old Nilsiänkatu space, or international visitors with longer-term projects. Since 2011 Ptarmigan Helsinki has not been bound to a physical space and our funded Nordic-Baltic residency programme has finished, so our residency programme is on a bit of a hiatus.
We are always open to interesting ideas and projects. Whilst we cannot offer funds, studio space, or accomodation, we are still eager to work with visiting projects in whatever capacity we can. This may merely be through networking or organising talks and presentations, but it's something we can do at this moment.
Instead of thinking that we are a residency centre without a centre, we see our community as the centre. As always, we're most interested in proposals that don't fit inside the typical confines of art production. With our focus on participatory projects, we are most excited by work that engages with the public and creates events and unusual interactions. We love formats such as workshops, discussions, and bizarre approaches to educational formats -- and we always like to see residents who become involved with our ongoing projects. And now, with our second location in Tallinn, we're excited to see projects that would have some presence in both countries.
If you are visiting Helsinki and are interested to present an artist talk or performance please or if you are planning a project anyway that you'd like to collaborate with us on - please tell use about your ideas through our project proposal form. Give us a sense of what you're looking for from us, and why you think Ptarmigan is a good platform for your work. Whilst we can't promise anything, but we would still love to hear from you.
A two-week takeover of a shipping container in Lasipalatsinaukio, Helsinki, from the 29th of May until the 10th of June 2012. Kontaining is produced by Ptarmigan ry in association with the Arts Council of Uusimaa.
Labyrinths and Rings is an ongoing series at Ptarmigan that features artists, musicians, filmmakers, cultural producers, or any other creative practitioner presenting their work to our audience. The guests will make short presentations of their work and practice, which is followed by a moderated question and answer session/discussion.
All L&R events will feature either a DJ or live background music, and food will be served according to a different theme for each night.
If you are passing through Helsinki and would be interested in presenting your work at a Labyrinths and Rings, please contact us and propose your ideas.
Ptarmigan is an event-driven project space. Since we began in July 2009, we have organised 234 events in Tallinn and 192 in Helsinki. Below is our entire history of events, and you may also search our site.