1/2017: Utopia


Engaging research with the art world

The second Research Pavilion will be bigger, better organised and more carefully planned than the first, promise curators Jan Kaila and Henk Slager. This year’s theme in Venice, Utopia of Access, is politically relevant, but there’s more to it than that. »


Borders protect privilege

Choreographer Sonya Lindfors and writer Maryan Abdulkarim discuss geographic and cultural borders, the utopia of accessibility and the power to exclude people. »


Tero Nauha takes the stage

Tero Nauha mixes two roles successfully: serious scholar and experimental performance artist. What’s the result: a happy hybrid or a schizophrenic collision? »


Success in Venice

Anita Seppä, the Research Pavilion’s commissioner, has always been crossing boundaries in her work. If it was up to her, she would spend the whole summer in Venice sampling the international displays. »

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Audible spaces

Josué Moreno and Otso Lähdeoja transformed Helsinki’s Winter Garden into a huge instrument using vibration speakers in their extraordinary installation IN SITU: Sonic Greenhouse. »


Esa-Pekka Salonen is demolishing walls

The Sibelius Academy celebrates Finland’s centenary by forming a joint symphony orchestra with the Juilliard School. The orchestra is conducted by maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen, an alumnus of the Sibelius Academy and a regular guest at the Juilliard School. »

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Enter the backstage

The name Backdrop refers to the cloth hanging at the rear of the stage in traditional theatre houses and commedia dell’arte open-air stages. It delineates the stage and separates it from the backstage. »