Contemporary art often allows you to take part as more than just a passive viewer. We feature five artists who invite you to speak, listen, draw, and perform. Some works provide a forum for encounters and discussion, others urge you to get creative. Or, if you prefer, just look and listen. You will find instructions to follow in each room.
The stage is yours!
In the work by Danish artist Christian Falsnaes, the audience is given the leading role, literally. Wireless headphones convey instructions from the artist, telling the wearer how to behave and act on stage.
Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei invites visitors to bring a garment in need of repair from home or that they are wearing. Sitting at a table, he mends the garment while talking with its owner. The performance does not aim at a perfect stitch but to show how two strangers can meet in a surprising context.
In the work by Argentinian artist Amalia Pica, visitors can use “tin can phones” made from tin cans and string to get in touch with someone on the other side of a wall. Finding the right line can be challenging, especially when there are several persons on the line at the same time.
In the video by Russian artist Sasha Pirogova, a performance by five performers becomes an audio piece when deliberate misuse of the microphone turns it into an instrument rather than a mechanical device for transmitting information or amplifying sound.
The work by British artist David Shrigley is a space furnished like a life drawing class in which the audience can participate by drawing from a model. The model here, however, is a nearly three-metre-tall manikin that does not move except to blink its eyes. Visitors can leave their drawing in the space for others to see.
PHOTO: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen
Gallery name: Kiasma
Address: Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
Opening hours: Tue, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Wed-Fri 10:00 - 20:30, Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Open: 08.02.2019 - 18.08.2019