The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, in collaboration with Dutch art publishers Jap Sam Books, presents the essay collection Home Reassembled – On Art, Destruction and Belonging.
The book’s nine essays comment on critical concerns of our time, such as war, homelessness, utopian ideals of free movement, the destruction and rebuilding of cities as well as the ethics of art. The starting point for the book’s texts are the different interpretations of Anssi Pulkkinen’s contemporary artwork, Street View (Reassembled), which is composed of the ruins of a Syrian home.
Street View (Reassembled) is a touring artwork commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, which will be exhibited for the first time in Finland at the Habitare fair from 13 to 17 September. Pulkkinen’s work as well as the related Home Reassembled book form part of Mobile Home 2017, a joint project of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes in Paris, Berlin, London and Brussels that explores the many meanings of home. The international and multidisciplinary team of writers of Home Reassembled include:
Umayya Abu-Hanna: Journalist
Marwa Al-Sabouni: Architect and writer
Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila: Islam scholar, professor
Hanna Johansson: Art historian, professor
Anssi Pulkkinen: Visual artist
Max Ryynänen: Writer, lecturer
Issa Touma: Visual artist, gallerist, documentary filmmaker
Vincent van Velsen: Critic, curator
Rosa te Velde: Design journalist and researcher
The launch of Home Reassembled will take place in front of Pulkkinen’s creation. The book will be presented by Annukka Vähäsöyrinki from the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, publisher Eleonoor Jap Sam as well as one of the essayists, Syrian architect and keynote speaker at Habitare, Marwa Al-Sabouni.
(FI) Suomen Benelux-instituutti etsii nyt toimipaikkaansa Brysseliin HANKEVASTAAVAA kehittämään ja toteuttamaan kanssamme ajankohtaisia ja kiinnostavia hankkeita ja sisältöjä. Tarjoamme 3.9.2018 lähtien kokopäiväisen, määräaikaisen (aluksi 2v.) työpaikan innostavassa työympäristössä. Työsopimusta on mahdollista jatkaa yhteisellä sopimuksella.
The Musiqu’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career.
Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres. The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.
2 May 2018: In 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux together with Zodiak – center for contemporary dance, SPRING Festival Utrecht and Baltic Circle Festival, commissions a new work by choreographer Sonya Lindfors and writer-activist Maryan Abdulkarim. The work is a combination of workshops, lectures and performances, where choreographers and activists come together, imagining radical utopian common futures. Lindfors and Abdulkarim work closely together with local activists in Utrecht, Brussels and Helsinki.
The TelepART platform was launched in the spring of 2016 with the aim to promote exchange between Finland and the Benelux countries in the performing arts field. In May 2017, the Finnish Institute in London joined the programme, making it possible for artists from Great Britain and Ireland to apply for TelepART funding.
Wednesday 24 January will see the TelepART programme expanding even further when the Finnish Institute in Hungary ‘FinnAgora’, the Finnish Institute in Germany and the Finnish Institute in Estonia join the programme.
Kati Laakso moves to Brussels from the Finnish Institute in Japan where she was the Culture and Communications Manager. Laakso has, amongst others, previously worked as a consultant for cultural and creative activities at the Consulate General of Finland in New York and as coordinator of international media relations and satellite projects for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.
Curator Anni Fahler and artist Timo Wright are launching ARS – Artist Residency Swap, a new artist exchange pilot programme in the Benelux. The idea behind the programme is a platform where artists can swap both their work space and home with another artist from a different country. The goal is to create a space where artists all over the world can connect through their profile in order to not only share their work and living space, but also experiences and insights.