The art project of four Finnish Institutes (London, Benelux, France and Germany) has been granted a 180 000 euros Taide² grant by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. AISTIT/coming to our senses explores sensations and their physical, social, political and technological aspects in 2020’s Europe.
The project will be curated by visual artist Hans Rosenström and curator-choreographer Satu Herrala. The project will be seen during 2021 in Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels and Helsinki. The artworks looking into the theme will be commissioned from performing and contemporary artists. In addition, the curators will invite Finnish and international artists to adapt their existing works for new contexts.
The project will produce art that enhances sensory experiences as well as examine the complexity of sensory perception during the times when our experiences are easily manipulated. Can finding a deeper exploration of our senses help us connect with ourselves, each other and the environment? AISTIT/coming to our senses -events will be organised in collaboration with local festivals, theatres and other arts and cultural organisations. Each venue will have a unique event entity, consisting of commissioned artworks, visiting performances, workshops and discussions with artists, experts by experience.
Hans Rosenström is an internationally known and acknowledged artist, whose intimate poetical work invites the audience to sharpen their senses and be present in different locations and situations. Satu Herrala has worked as the artistic director of Baltic Circle Festival for the past five years. She has curated shows and events with a current and impactful approach.