Workshops in Karakallio last week

Our feet were listening to Karakallio in pleasant spring weather with students from the local secondary school.

Thank you to everyone who participated last week in the Listening Positions – workshops. Now I am much wiser about the area and its specialities. Many of the public spaces around here are important to the people of the area. The common wish seems to be that much of what is now understood as Karakallio would stay the same at least when it comes to suburban forests. Also, it was decided together that pizza, heavy metal and suburban forests as well as friends will not disappear from here for at least 100 years! People will say goodbye soon to their shopping mall, but the memories seem to be vivid!

A student created a pain curve about how it is to be without their mobile phone during the workshops.

The participants were listening in many different ways and together we shared thoughts on what is it that we hear and how that affects us. We also did some drawn sketches about our feelings and tried to map what we pay attention to. In the end, everyone did a little imagining exercise about what Karakallio will become 100 years from now in their personal utopia.

Now I am working towards a new sound art piece, the third and final part of the project. Stay tuned!

Blindwalks with friends and the listening drawings looking at the environment. Photos: Hanna Häkkä 2023

Sunny hi from Kuopio, Finland!


Happening in September: Creating Space for Listening will visit KEHÄ – festival

photo: Anniina Holappa, KEHÄ 2020

Creating space for listening is going to visit Kehä – festival in Northern Finland, Oulu this month. I feel so happy to be part of it and it feels good to perform live after a long brake.

My piece is a drawing dialogue with the audience. It is very special chance to draw together with one person at a time. This is an updated version of the drawing installation at Third Space gallery in Helsinki in 2019. In the piece I am inviting people to a nonverbal dialogue. We will create a soundscape by drawing. If desired, everyone can share their thoughts on the encounter after the drawing session. I hope you are able to come and experience some of the works on Saturday 26.9. that is the day for the audience.

Kehä is a Multidisciplinary Artfestival for two. This year there are works from 11 artists, all one-to-one performances. I am really looking forward experiencing it because it is not only a day of performing but 5 days of sharing and working with other artists, with local communities, a symposium and workshops. I am sharing a link and some information about the festival here (unfortunately in finnish).

Kehä-festivaali 2020

Monitaiteellinen Kehä-festivaali kahdelle järjestetään 25.-26.9.2020 Kulttuuritalo Valveella Oulussa. Kulttuuriosuuskunta ILMEen järjestämän festivaalin teemana on tänä vuonna raja. Aihetta lähestytään kahdenkeskisissä kohtaamisissa muun muassa vuorovaikutuksellisen esitystaiteen, paperiteatterin, improvisaatiovideotaiteen ja holistisen säveltaiteen keinoin.

​Kaikille avoin ja maksuton festivaalipäivä on lauantai 26.9. Teokset toteutetaan yhdelle kokijalle kerrallaan. Osaa teoksia voi katsoa kaikessa rauhassa, osa kutsuu festivaalivierasta osallistumaan. Ohjelmassa on teoksia yhdeltätoista taiteilijalta.