CHECKPOINT HELSINKI / PERPETUUM MOBILE
TO THE SQUARE 2
22–31st August 2014
TO THE SQUARE 2 (#TSQ2) re-invigorates the question of public space as a crucial locus for the articulation of the political and the art of protest.
Curated by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen
Commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki as part of Helsinki Festival
The 7th iteration of Perpetuum Mobilε‘s Re-Aligned Project
From Tunis to Tahrir Square
From Occupy to Wikileaks and Blockupy ECB
From Gezi Park to Bolotnaya Square Moscow …
After the protest movements which broke out in capitals across the world from 2011 onward, we live in a period of reactionary politics and at times violent repression. The question today is, what would it take for people to go TO THE SQUARE 2 – that is, to take to the streets again? Do we need to see heightened extremes of economic inequality, ecological catastrophes, raw racism or an infinitely bigger “big brother”? Where are all those people who took to the square: pacified, in prison, in exile? For where did it all come from, and where does it go — that revolutionary energy?
TSQ2’s curators have commissioned new works by artists deeply involved in forms of resistance and movements “to the square” to grapple with these questions: Egypt’s famed and much-loved street artist Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor/Cairo); Núria Güell (Barcelona), joining the project in absentia (as usual) from Cuba, with interventions in Europe’s economic dislogic; the renowned Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar (Ramallah), who has defeated Israel’s travel-ban [link: http://www.re-aligned.net/khaled-jarrar-barred/] to create a public performance seeking 50 volunteers to match his 50-army-uniform strong installation; Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle (Belgrade), whose biting political satire, also seen in ArtLeaks (Jeremić is a co-founder), is uncomfortably reminiscent of 1914; Nikolay Oleynikov (Moscow), whose mobile “Radio Pravda” is an agitprop broadcast-collage in memory of the likes of Grosz and Benjamin; the urban transformers Raumlabor (Berlin) whose mobile cinema-theatre will stage interventions with Helsinki’s citizens; and the sincerely hilarious ZIP Group (Krasnodar) and its “wild constructivism” in the centre of Lasipalatsi Square.
The grand opening of all works will be on the 29th August, followed by a concert by the prominent singer of the Egyptian Revolution, Ramy Essam.
THE SQUARE, a new newspaper accompanying the project, is designed by Tzortzis Rallis (Occupied Times) and includes art by Ganzeer, Federico Geller, Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle and articles by Michel Bauwens, Feminist Pencil, Grey Violet, Núria Güell, G.U.L.F., Occupy Museums, Teivo Teivainen, Telekommunisten and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Zona Prava/Pussy Riot.
Full Programme (with locations):
19–31st August RADIO PRAVDA http://www.re-aligned.net/radio-pravda/ [link as it is]
22nd Debate: THE FUTURE OF THE SQUARE.
24–27th Raumlabor WORKSHOPS for their “mo-we-mobile” cinema.
25–31st ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM”
25–31st TSQ2 artists talk to prominent HELSINKIANS
26nd JARRAR’s performative action
27–31st Ammar Abo Bakr paints a massive-scale CANVAS in the square
27th Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle start their GOOGLEHEIM project
29th GRAND OPENING and CONCERT with Ramy Essam featuring Paleface
L SQUARE CINEMA:
27th 10.30pm World premiere of PUSSY VS. PUTIN II by Tasya Krougovykh
30th 10.30pm ART WAR by Marco Wilms.
31st 10.30 pm. INDIGNADOS directed by Tony Gatlif
Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen, Perpetuum Mobilε
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