Pro Artibus AIR

Ekenäs

In 2010 we were invited by Pro Artibus to spend two summer months interacting with the small Finnish town of Ekenäs, a place that soon seemed unlike any other place we had visited before. Entrances to houses were hidden from view, communal activities seemed to be done in silence, everybody was escaping to private island retreats, saunas were enjoyed alone or in pairs, and we were seeing more hares than people. Based on these initial impressions and observations we decided to use the residency to proactively investigate and respond to the notion of Finnish privacy, and the effect this condition has on local social structures and communicative patterns.

Interventions

An open studio and the privacy questionnaire
The museum of anything and everything
Twitterstreet
The rumour mirror game
Cosmic table tennis (just for fun)

About

Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley work internationally as interventionists and performance researchers specialising in site-specific and site-responsive art, alternative strategies for audience interaction and new forms of artistic collaboration.

The artistic process usually begins with a given site, and a process of observation and dialogue that analyses, and eventually responds, to the architectural, socio-political, geographical, mythological, connotative and historical narratives that can be found there.

Projects are quietly subversive, playfully readjusting the narrative and appreciation of a particular activity or a given site. The working process often involves those that live in an area, and aims to be accessible and relevant.

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