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Opnun 02.08.: Dinner Party with Cyclone í Forum Box, Helsinki

Dinner Party with Cyclone

by Lilja Birgisdóttir, IS; Katrín Elvarsdóttir, IS;
Hertta Kiiski, FI; Mari Krappala, FI

Welcome to the opening in Forum Box Helsinki,Thursday 2nd of August from 5-7 pm!

Cyclone is an area of closed, circular fluid motion rotating in the same direction as the Earth, characterized by inward spiraling winds. Cyclones are travelling exhibitions which lead us to the threshold of circular motions that follow the rotational direction of the earth. In Forum Box the group sets up the live art installation called Dinner Party with Cyclone.

What would happen, if we start to think, that human beings are not inherently superior to other living things, in a way that encompasses all species; human, seeds, plants, animals and bacteria are part of a system of interdependence. Dinner Party with Cyclone is an interdisciplinary processes of exploring this repositioning.

While we are reaching for bridges in-between nature and mind, animal and mineral, being and matter, we might ask: What if nature would not only be considered a subject of law, but a subject that process information. According to French philosopher, Michael Serres there is something that unifies us with the inorganic elements of nature from the scientific point of view, how we understand the notion of information. It challenges the distinction between human and non-human counterparts. Serres asks: ‘What do we do with information? We receive information, we emit information, we process information and we store information.’ He calls us to listen what is said both by living beings and the sustainability of our planet as a whole, to look for ways to let the planet speak.

Are we able to locate ourselves to be partners of all living beings and all things on the planet…

During the opening evening there will be a live-happening:

Selur is a performance devised by Lilja Birgisdóttir (ICE) and Elin Petersdottir (ICE/FIN). It explores human nature and human vs. nature. A series of encounters between human reality, animal reality, real life, virtual life, spirit animals, fake animals, human animals. The performance will be live on Instagram @fljotid, starting at 18:30 finnish time (16:30 GMT, 15:30 Iceland) on Thursday August 2, 2018. To follow the performance on Instagram, simply log onto your instagram account, and follow @fljotid.

This exhibition is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kone Foundation, Turku Art Association.

Events during the exhibition:

12th of August – Helsinki Art Walk

15th of August from 7 pm onwards – Impro Concert

23rd of August – Night of the Arts

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