12 PERFORMANCES, 7 pm-7 am FIN
ONE PERFORMANCE FOR EACH HOUR OF THE NIGHT
1. Optimist (Binary Mathematics)
It’s entirely possible that numbers are completely independent from the symbols that signify them. Moreover, a number can be presented in different systems, out of which base 10 is the most familiar to people and binary the most natural for computers to process. Mathematicians use a plethora of different systems and have developed an exact conversion mathematics between base 10 and binary. Binary is the simplest possible numerical system. There are only two digits: 0 and 1. The system is used in all digital technology and teleinformatics where the binary number, also known as a bit, is the smallest processable piece of data. The bit can be in state 0 or 1; electronic phenomena have two mutually exclusive states. This hallmark of electronic phenomena lends a metaphorical expression for human thought, apparently as some sort of oversimplification: binary oppositions represent the bipolarized extremes of different kinds of classifications. My mathematics is the mathematics of dynamic systems, which means that it’s constructed from situations between many different factors. Personally, I don’t build my life on binary, but in the coming performance I can gladly fabricate positions of opposition.
Duration: 30 min
2. Anything Goes
Karol Beffa, classical pianist and composer, improvises on the piano. During the first part of his performance, he starts improvising freely on themes and topics inspired to him by the beginning of the event, just opening up its multiple perspectives. During the second part he improvises on themes suggested by the audience: words, notions, philosophers’ names, such as “solitary walks in Königsberg”, “being and nothingness”, “joy”,…, according to what the audience will have experimented so far of this Night of Philosophy.
Seminar Room, 8pm (Part 1) & 12:50am (Part 2)
Duration: 20 min (Part 1) & 20 min (Part 2)
3. The Skin Is the Deepest There is
Is our skin once again a place of thought symbolization? Can we tattoo a philosophical thought, so it can be seen? Couldn’t this be the occasion for a ritual? These questions form the matter Robert Hatisi will explore with you through the night, by means of his ambulant painting-kit.
Starts at 7pm
4. Calling 1, 2, 3. Objects and Performances in Two Parts
Calling 1, 2, 3. Objects and Performance in Two Parts is a collaboration with objects and performance specially prepared for the Night of Philosophy. The piece consists of three measure made instruments and a series of actions evoked by them. The performance happens in two parts, first in the beginning of the evening and the second towards the morning. In their collaboration Kausalainen and Kuorinki are interested in finding a meeting point within their individual practices that set themselves in the shared continent of thinking but articulate through very different practices and aesthetics. In the Night of Philosophy this meeting is set to happen in the intimate relation between the object and the performer in which both of the participants interact in a way that re-makes and re-shapes them while creating a new non-linguistic language.
2nd Floor Foyer and Ramp, 8:40pm (Parts 1 & 2)
Duration: 25 min
Theatre Foyer, 6:45am (Part 3)
Duration: 10 min
5. Body Text
This piece creates a dialogue between the performing body and philosophizing mind. The performing body of the ballet dancer Minna Tervamaki will offer an alternative to the talking mind, in harmony with it or confronting it. Minna Tervamaki’s short and bursting dance performances offer counter points and extensions to the following philosophy talks, “From Gaze to Sensation, from Perception to Emotion” by Saara Hacklin, “The Reality of Suffering” by Sami Pihlström, “What is Love?” by Nora Kreft, “Hannah Arendt’s Vita Activa and the Rhythms of Life” by Sophie Loidolt and “No surprises please! Why Philosophy doesn’t like Surprises”, by Wolfgang Kienzler.
5th Floor, 7.55 pm
First Floor, Theatre Foyer, 8.25pm
Kiasma Theatre, 11pm
We are asking ourselves: what is the performance of the future? We thought about different ways of connecting and disconnecting, of diminishing the ecological footprint that touring brings and still be internationally present. The answer is a live-streamed durational rave from a white studio. From Mad House to Kiasma.
Theatre Foyer, 12:30am
7. notes for soloists and l’usage du mot
notes for soloists and l’usage du mot are series of visual and concrete poetry composed mainly in English, German, and French. Instigated by a deep mistrust in language and its use, the short pieces examine the smallest parts of language and its rhizome, playing with phonetic similarities and shifts in meaning, visuality and sound. The minimalist pieces are the result of a reducing towards nothing, and serve as scores for the performance.
Duration: 20 min
8. Shared Surplus
Artist Ofri Cnaani and Tuomas A. Laitinen will present a live sounds and image performance over IP, while Laitinen (originally from Helsinki) will be in New York, and Cnaani (based in NY) will be in Helsinki. Working with Georges Bataille’s text ‘The Accursed Share’ (1946), artists will ask participants to share their personal views about shared access and the circulation of energy in relation to the limits of growth. Working with quotes from the Bataille text, as well as written and recorded thoughts collected from the audience, artists will create an ongoing audio and video compositions constructed from collected ephemera, live and pre-recorded sounds.
Seminar Room, 3:10 am
Duration: 45 min
9. P is not Dead #5
For the 5th edition of P is not Dead, the artist Damien Cadio is invited to provide a 12-hour soundtrack for A Night of Philosophy in Helsinki Festival, Kiasma Museum.
Kiasma Lobby Corner
10. §ympo§ium: Notes on Transmusic
Manuel Cirauqui is a writer, curator, and radio producer currently based in Bilbao (Spain). Articulating concepts such as the “philosophical discothèque”, “transmusic”, and “sound correspondence”, Cirauqui has carried out an ongoing series of broadcasts through his program Simposium on WGXC 90.7 FM, New York. Symposium: Notes on Transmusic was broadcast on November 3rd 2014, the first of the series.
2nd Floor, 10pm-7am
Duration: 54 min, loop
11. Night Music
Slagr Trio: Anne Hytta, hardanger fiddle, Katrine Schiøtt, cello, & Amund Sjølie Sveen, vibraphone and tunes glasses
Slagr plays ´acoustic ambient´ – somewhere between folk and chambre music – and invites the audience to experience this slow and almost imperceptibly evolving musical landscape while laying down on the floor. Blankets and pillows are handed out.
Kiasma Lobby Corner, 4:05am
12. The Riddler
Wittgenstein wrote: “The riddle does not exist”. But tonight a silent rollerblader will be among you, playing with this idea, wearing the costume of The Riddler. Attending the lectures, the performances, listening and dancing to the dj, acting like a member of the audience, being almost you.
Among the audience, changing places
12’. Reset #4
Two residual pieces of the project Reset, made by the trio of artists at Zodiak, Center for New Dance Helsinki in 2013, are removed throughout the whole museum space during twelve hours. Technical gesture linked to the institutional context where it takes place or deconstructive mise-en-scène, the movement of the pieces between successive and random latencies and displacements is displayed on an ambiguous (counter-) performative threshold. Reset/Résidus #3 is indecisive, both of the right place to find for these artworks in the museum space and of the correctness of the proposal itself in the timed time of the programme of that night of performance.