Polyphonic Entanglements is a discourse series taking place on June 16-17 at Stoa cultural centre and September 1-2 at Caisa Cultural Centre. These locations move the Helsinki Biennial off-centre, engaging it with two heterogeneous sites of encounter in the city – Itäkeskus and Hakaniemi. The programme brings together lectures, screenings, sonic interventions, performances and gatherings as an evolving assemblage that contextualises and expands on the diverse practices and debates present in this biennial. It proposes a way of thinking-with and through island ecologies, Baltic contamination, radioecologies, desertification, practices of healing and collective resistance to pose questions not about what will come but rather focusing on ways to learn and reset paths-of-entry into spaces of plural transformations
The second iteration of Polyphonic Entanglements at Caisa on September 1-2 is a two-day gathering convening lectures, conversations, a parade, performances, workshops and a commemoration for Ilma Lindgren, who brought Everyone’s Right in Finland. The programme is curated by Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Artistic Director of Museum of Impossible Forms.
Museum of Impossible Forms MIF is a cultural centre located in Kontula, East Helsinki, and the coming together of communities of art and cultural workers invested in building anticolonial, antipatriarchal and non-fascist practices and futures. Over the past six years, MIF has unfolded as a heterogeneous platform to engage with experimental, marginal, and migrant forms of expression, and as a laboratory for experiences, critical thought, and radical imagination. MIF is a collaborative project that seeks to defy prejudices of otherness and structural asymmetries, working for dignity, diversity, equity, allyship and solidarity, and towards developing and strengthening a plurality of knowledges and practices in the arts.
Curated by Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Museum of Impossible Forms