a.k.a. Perpetuum Mobilε
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Email: PerpetualMobile (at) gmail.com
Perpetuum Mobilε, co-founded by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky in 2007, is a curatorial vehicle which brings together art, practice and enquiry. It acts as a conduit and engine to re-imagine certain basic historical, theoretical as well as practical paradigms in fields which often exist in disparate institutional frames and territories. PM has worked extensively in the Nordic, European and international field.
Perpetuum Mobilε develops longer-term thematic projects which come to include conferences, workshops, residencies, small and large exhibition formats, public and street art, publications, films and so on.
The first such umbrella-project was the Aleksanteri Cultural Fora which wedded an international conference on Perestoika at the Aleksanteri Insitute of the University of Helsinki with a multi-part exhibition at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (The Raw, The Cooked and The Packaged – The Archive of Perestroika Art, 2007-2008), a series of film at the national film archive and publications including FRAMEWORK (No. 8 In Need of Openess / Paths Not Taken). See documentation of the “Perestroika process” at our old website: https://perpetualmobile.wordpress.com/exhibitions/
The Re-Aligned Project
In progress for over three years, this large-scale project has had iterations and events in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Egypt, Palestine, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Norway. Forthcoming events are scheduled for the UK.
The Perpetual Pavilion
This project was launched at several national pavilions in Venice in 2009 in order to guarantee Romani-Gyspy representation after the collapse of the OSI sponsored Roma Pavilion in that year (http://www.perpetualpavilion.
Perpetuum Mobile’s focus on Roma-Gypsy art and the broader issues surrounding “pluriculturalism” are being developed in a new form at the Moderna Museet, Malmö (2014-2015) in co-operation with the Timea Junghaus (curator of the 1st Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007).
The Arts Assembly,
This unusual and developing art-and-debate format has been deployed in a diversity of contexts, including ACSI in Helsinki, the Manifesta 8 (Murcia), ENSBA in Paris and CAFA in Beijing.
Residencies for Artists at Risk
The Nordic Fresh Air residencies for visual art practitioners at risk – a programme linked to the international Safe Haven initiatives in many European cities.
This experimental series of laboratories in collective learning, activism, art and theory has had two iterations so far.
PERPETUUM LABS/BAC – CURATING THE POLITICAL was held at the Baltic Art Centre (BAC). It was based on texts and discussions proposed by the invited mentors.
PERPETUUM LABS II – CURATING THE SOCIAL in Helsinki (the Library of the Blind, Kallio Kunsthalle and Helsingin Elokolo, attempted to help generate collective momentum for socially-engaged art practices in Helsinki. It was based on proposals from local artists and activists, and included talks by invited art actors.
Linking Finish and Chinese art.
FUNDING BODIES AND PARTNERS
Our sincere thanks goes to the many funders and partners, big and small, which make these projects possible: