— Skills of Economy

Skills of Economy Sessions – Beginning From the End

Skills of Economy Sessions is a series of events organised in the context of the Skills of Economy project in collaboration with the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Baltic Circle Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Theatre, HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme and Frame Visual Arts Finland. Sessions is curated by Jussi Koitela.

The events are a continuation of the Skills of Economy curatorial project addressing artists’ reactions to economic rhetorics and their understanding of their economic situations. Sessions focuses on ways of building new economic and social agencies through political, curatorial and theoretical discourses, a video programme as well as artistic and performative interventions at three different theatre spaces/contexts in Helsinki during Autumn 2015 and Winter 2016.

Session Beginning from the End  is organised in collaboration with Kiasma Theatre. It is performed through speculation on the concepts of resource, death and the hybrid. The current and future lack of resources raises questions of the position of the human race and civilisation on earth. Maybe extinction and the end of civilisation as we understand it from a human-centered world is the most socially and economically progressive image of the future. Can speculation on future life understood as hybrids of culture, nature and technology open up new economic and social agencies? Can we see death as a common nominator for a future, progressive political discourse? The event raises questions on communities and economics organised around a lack of resources and speculations of post-human conditions for forms of art, culture and politics. 

Contributors of the Session are Valentina Karga, João Laia, Ville Lähde, Katja Novitskova, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Joonas Siren, Juuso Tervo, Lauri Wuolio.

Skills of Economy Sessions are supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Oskar Öflund stiftelse, Palkansaajasäätiö, Avek, Visek, Swedish Art Grants Commitee and Frame Visual Art Finland.



10.00 → Joonas Siren: Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?

10.30 Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: The Class 1

10.45 Lauri Wuolio: Six Ways to Die

11.15 Juuso Tervo: Death is all things we see awake; all we see asleep is sleep

12.00 Lunch break (Joonas Siren: Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?)

13.00 Valentina Karga: 30 days in the garden/ 15 days on Mars

13.45 Ville Lähde: Conceptions of Natural Resources

14.30 coffee break (Joonas Siren: Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?)

15.00 Katja Novitskova: A DAY IN A LIFE with THINGS I REGRET BUYING

15.30 João Laia: Hybridize or Disappear

16.15 Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: The Class 2

16.30 Discussion