TelepART: Sonja Jokiniemi
Sonja Jokiniemi’s new performance Blab is built around the concept of blabbing: the associative, potentially senseless, sometimes spontaneous, clumpy, not-knowing form of speech. With this new work, Jokiniemi continues to explore the chaotic experience of the world and how meaning is established. The mind of the performance is built on a foundation of linguistic indefinability, senses, desires and reflexes; where the human is part of the non-human. Different bodies find each other as extensions, parallel connections and expansions. The essence of the work is shaped by the collaboration and relations between the elements. Blab is a hybrid performance, a blend of painting, sculpture and choreography. It seeks to escape the world of categories and knowingness towards the unknown; towards unions of human and object, images and rituals of desire. The unknown manifests itself in the transforming sculpture, the essence of which charts the subconscious territory.
TelepART: Venla Moisala represents Finland at the European Poetry Slam Championship
This year’s European Championship of Poetry Slam takes place in Centre Culturel Jacques Franck in Brussels in the beginning of December. The programme includes lectures, workshops, open mics, peer meetings, project meetings, and of course the actual competition which will take place on 2 December from 2pm till 11pm. The Finnish slammer Venla Moisala will compete for her country.
TelepART: Olimpia Splendid
Olimpia Splendid are Heta, Jonna and Katri – a trio from Finland. They formed the band in the summer of 2010, having also played in the likes of Toblerones, Bananas, Snällas Blood, Hertta Lussu Ässä, Hockey Night and Kuupuu. Nuttu Nurin, their debut 7” released by Fonal Records, is comprised of three exclusive, interlocking tracks. The album is a murky collage of live recordings and rehearsal jams, bearing witness to a band in their element. Thus far Olimpia Splendid have played shows in Sweden, Estonia and Finland, with further opportunities to catch the band live poised tentatively on the horizon.
TelepART: Verneri Pohjola Group plays Pekka
The yearly jazz festival BRAND! was initiated in 2015 by art centre Nona, and takes place in November at several venues around Mechelen. Central guest of the 2017 edition is Niels Van Heertum, a young and promising euphonium player, who invited a dozen jazz groups and players to perform at the festival. Among them, on Friday 10 November, the Finnish Verneri Pohjola Group will play a concert and present their new record Pekka.
TelepART: Maria Kalaniemi and Eero Grundström
Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium artist Eero Grundström will tour the Benelux with a concert in Brussels on 6 October, and workshops and concerts in Rotterdam and The Hague 7-8 October. Kalaniemi and Grundström will perform Tango Trousers, a video concert related to their new duo album Svalan, which rose to the top of the World Music Charts Europe in July 2017. The Tango trousers video project was carried out together with photographer and video artist Elina Brotherus.