3-day international annual festival-laboratory, which will be held for the first time on June 1-3, at the Free Art Space /Vapaan Taiteen Tila. We invite artists, musicians, performers to comprehend the "shelter" in all its hypostases,
forms and manifestations.
Imagine that all of us urgently needed to hide in it.
In the centre of Helsinki, there is a deep cave in the rock almost 100 meters long. This is a bomb shelter built during the Cold War. Today such facilities in Finland are universally adapted for peaceful purposes, being turned into cultural centres, car parks or sports halls. Shelters are equipped with a ventilation system, massive cast-iron gates and an emergency communication system with the loudspeakers placed on the ceiling. All the equipment works fine and, if necessary, is ready to accommodate residents of a neighbourhood. If Moscow and St. Petersburg subways are designed to protect the population in the event of a nuclear strike, then the cave in Helsinki was originally built as a bomb shelter with another possible use in peacetime. In our case, it is redesigned into the Space for Free Art / Vapaan Taiteen Tila under the auspices of the University of the Arts Helsinki and is a regular site for artistic experiments.
However, any art placed inside the shelter is somehow determined by its space, austere militaristic aesthetics and semantic loading. Shelter with its rock texture, technical hum and maze of passages is a compelling work of art itself – convex, tangible, inhabited, but at the same time a peculiar utopia, a non-place. As we get into it, we find ourselves in the heart of the Cold War and simultaneously withdraw ourselves from the global communicative temporality. There we escape the streams of news feeds telling us about the new nuclear threat from North Korea, the US response to it, Russian geopolitical ambitions and new "unguided" missiles.

Shelter as a refuge from the threat and shelter as an indicator of the existence of a threat. Shelter as a place where you can hide, bury yourself or sit on suitcases waiting for the radioactive dust to settle. Shelter, where you need to settle down or celebrate a feast during the plague. Shelter as an underground for marginals or as a privilege for the elite. Shelter as a transfer point, compelled communal living, a model of society in miniature, a safe space for the gathering of like-minded people. Shelter as a burrow, shelter as a den, shelter as the last asylum, shelter as a new beginning.
Located within the global rock of the capitalist world the shelter is represented in the present while at the same time is hidden from it. Therefore, it is from within the shelter that we can overcome the rhetoric of the "Cold War" and the creative logic of cognitive capitalism by imagining a world of new affects, new tenderness, sensitivity and non-toxic communication.
3 days
49 participants
1 shelter
June 1
17:00 – 17:30
17:00 – 17:30
eredovoe udozhestvo + SASHAPASHA
opening performance
17:00 – 20:00
17:00 – 20:00
Ksenia Yurkova
Re:animation Platform performance
17:00 – 20:00
17:00 – 20:00
Party of the Dead
artist in presence
17:30 – 18:00
17:30 – 18:00
Valo Vairio
music
18:15 – 18:35
18:15 – 18:35
MarkPH
music
18:45 – 19:25
18:45 – 19:25
Party of the Dead
voices performance
19:35 – 20:00
19:35 – 20:00
Coldsore
music
20:10 – 20:40
20:10 – 20:40
Hladna
music
20:50 – 21:20
20:50 – 21:20
RUIDO
music
21:30 – 22:00
21:30 – 22:00
FELL
polit. info closing performance
June 2
13:00
13:00
doors open
13:40 – 13:55
13:40 – 13:55
FELL
polit. info opening performance
14:00 – 15:20
14:00 – 15:20
Jussi Kivi
lecture
15:30 – 16:50
15:30 – 16:50
Minna Henriksson
lecture
14:00 – 17:00
14:00 – 17:00
Ernest Trueley
hairdo performance
17.00 – 20:00
17.00 – 20:00
Party of the Dead
artist in presence
17.00 – 20:00
17.00 – 20:00
Ksenia Yurkova
Re:animation Platform performance
17:00 – 17:40
17:00 – 17:40
Party of the Dead
anarcho-meditation
17:50 – 19:00
17:50 – 19:00
Flying Cooperation
Skillful Survival workshop and artist-talk
19:30 – 19:50
19:30 – 19:50
game cafe
music
20:00 – 20:30
20:00 – 20:30
Taneli Viljanen
music
20:45 – 21:15
20:45 – 21:15
Black Tile
music
21:30 – 22:00
21:30 – 22:00
Unreal Flag
music
June 3
13:00
13:00
doors open
14:00 – 15:00
14:00 – 15:00
Christine Langinauer
lecture
15:00 – 16:30
15:00 – 16:30
TMNW Reading Group
discussion
17.00 – 20:00
17.00 – 20:00
Party of the Dead
artist in presence
17.00 – 20:00
17.00 – 20:00
Ksenia Yurkova
Re:animation Platform performance
16.30 – 17:00
16.30 – 17:00
Piedad Seiquer
dancing performance
17:00 – 17:20
17:00 – 17:20
Mari Laaksonen
poetry
17:20 – 17:40
17:20 – 17:40
Petr Laden, Masha Fomenko
performance
17:40 – 18:15
17:40 – 18:15
Were Landing as They Fell
performance
18:15 – 18:30
18:15 – 18:30
FELL
polit. info performance
18:30 – 19:00
18:30 – 19:00
Anastasya Ryabova
skype performance
19:00 – 19:30
19:00 – 19:30
lintulintu
music
19:40 – 19:55
19:40 – 19:55
Zherbin
music
20:10 – 20:30
20:10 – 20:30
sasha & mia
music
20:45 – 21:15
20:45 – 21:15
Tonoptik
music
21:30 – 22:00
21:30 – 22:00
TECHNO / POETRY
closing musical performance

Free Space for Art is a forum for the students in art university to organize their exhibitions, concerts, performances and other events. The space is located in Katri Valan Puisto -park's shelter in the area of Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The entry is opposite of Vilhonvuorenkuja 16.
The venue
Schedule
Opening:
1 June/ 17:00
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Working hours:
1 June/ 17 - 22
2 June/ 13 - 22
3 June/ 13 - 22
Who supported us:
Organizers
SashaPasha
technical questions
Aleksandra Rotts (born 1985, Leningrad). Cofounder of the SAHSAPASHA brand.
Helsinki based fine art expert, media artist, musician, working in a variety of different mixed technics and forms of contemporary art: animation, collage, object, installation, performance, video-art, photo-based art, sound sculpture, music etc.
Pavel Rotts (born 1982, Petrozavodsk) Cofounder of the SAHSAPASHA brand.
Helsinki based media artist, artist, musician, working in a variety of different mixed technics and forms of contemporary art: animation, collage, object, installation, performance, video-art, photo-based art, sound sculpture, photo-based art, music etc.
http://artreflex.ru/en/artists/our/sashapasha/

Anastasia Vepreva
installation program
Anastasia Vepreva (born 1989, Arkhangelsk, Russia) is a Saint-Petersburg artist and curator. She works with the idea of systems of oppression, artificial intelligence, Memory Studies and with the idea of death. Graduated from The school of Engaged Art by group "Chto Delat". Has double MA from Smolny College, SPBU, St. Petersburg and Bard College, NY, USA. Co-curator of Lucy Lippard feminist workshops. Participant of Stuttgarter Filmwinter, PLURIVERSALE III, IV The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, The 6th Moscow Biennale, Manifesta 10, 35th Moscow International film festival. Has some personal exhibitions. Published in Moscow Art Magazine, Art Leaks Gazette, Colta.ru, Aroundart.
http://cargocollective.com/nordwildschwein/
Roman Osminkin
performance program
Roman Osminkin (born 1979, Leningrad).
Roman Osminkin is a Saint Petersburg based poet, performer, art-critic and postgraduate student at the Russian Institute of Art History (2012 — present). Member of the St.Petersburg Writers Union. Author of poetry and short prose books, Comrade-Thing (Kraft, 2010), Comrade-Word (Kraft, 2012), Texts with external objectives (NLO, 2015). Frequently publishes works of art criticism in various outlets.

Ksenia Yurkova
communication
Ksenia Yurkova (1984, Leningrad) is an artist from Russia, based in Helsinki. She is interested in problems of language and communication functioning through processes of stereotyping; their enclosure into aspects of politics and economy; their operation in memory registers; and how these interconnect with problems of veracity and reliance. Yurkova researches the phenomenon's existence and habitude, relating to both verbal and visual languages, specifically seeking non-verbal manifestations through a body and its affects.
www.kseniayurkova.com

Dmitri Zherbin
music program
Dmitri Zherbin (b.1984, Republic of Karelia, USSR) is a tape loop manipulator and guitarist from Helsinki, Finland. He has released several solo works ranging in styles from lo-fi ambient soundscape to noisy tape collage. He's also co-running Jozik Records, organizing experimental music events in Helsinki and is a member of no wave band Fate Vs Free Willy, hypnotic post punk duo Black Tile and formerly of drone duo Banana Pill.
Teo Tornberg
technical questions
Teo Tornberg (1993) Helsinki based multimedia artist working primarily with moving image and installation.
Contact us if you have questions
shelter.helsinki@gmail.com
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