Art Museum and artist Jani Ruscica (b. 1978) have worked on the Flatlands
project since early 2017. Now the project has reached its culmination point
– performances! The inaugural performances were presented at
RIBOCA1, the international contemporary art festival in Riga, Latvia, in June. The Finnish
performances of Flatlands will take
place in August 2018.
Flatlands will be performed as part of the Rauma Festivo festival in Poselli on 9 August 2018 at 14:00. The next performance will take place in Helsinki, in Rehearsal Hall Paavo in the Music Centre, on 16 August 2018 at 18:00. Admission to the performances is free.
In project performances, a glass instrument is played by saxophonist Linda Fredriksson (b. 1981), a bamboo instrument by keyboardist and harpsichordist Matias Häkkinen (b. 1985), and an instrument of readymades by electronic musician Sara Milazzo (b. 1983).
was drawn up by Jani Ruscica in collaboration with the musicians. Consisting of
compositions that rely on free interpretation, the programme begins with a
life-sustaining rhythm – breathing. The centuries-old melody of La Folia is known in countless versions;
its Finnish version is known as Sheep’s
Polska, with lyrics that end: “the world is awash in sound”. With those
words the Flatlands performance ends
Musician merges with his or her instrument, the object becomes a body. It begins to live. In and out. Ding and dong. Tiny solenoids operate 350 times a minute. Gutting and skinning, noise. Restless moments fly past – musicians listen to each other. They talk, they concentrate, they speak. The world is awash in sound.
Flatlands is based on images from different historical periods and contexts, each of them containing a musical instrument. The images were used as the starting point for the creation of three art objects – a bamboo instrument, a glass instrument and a ready-made instrument – each carrying within it a powerful cultural, political and material charge. The instruments were made by artisans in collaboration with visual artist Jani Ruscica.
9 Aug. at 14:00 Poselli, Nortamonkatu 12, Rauma, in collaboration with Rauma Festivo
16 Aug. at 18:00 Helsinki Music Centre, Rehearsal Hall Paavo, Mannerheimintie 13 A, Helsinki
The performance will be introduced by Professor Emeritus Altti Kuusamo
at 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, Gallery at Lönnström Museums, Syväraumankatu 41, Rauma
Workshop leader is music educator Venla Katila
25–29 July from 12:00–16:00, Gallery at Lönnström Museums, Syväraumankatu 41, Rauma
4–5 Aug. at 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, Tammela in Old Rauma, Eteläpitkäkatu 17, Rauma
Workshop leader is music educator Venla Katila. Organised by Rauma Festivo
7 Aug. at 10:30, On the opening day of Rauma Festivo, workshop participants give a concert with instruments they’ve made, together with the audience at Rauma Market Square
PARTICIPATION IN ALL PERFORMANCES AND ALL EVENTS IS FREE
Flatlands instruments will be on show at RIBOCA1 until 28 Oct. 2018, except for 2–19 August.
More information: rigabiennial.com