IHME Friday: The Trial and Films


Adrian Piper has been described as one of the most revolutionary women artists. The IHME Days begin on Friday with Piper’s The Mythic Being and Funk Lessons, which IHME is showing as its Festival film classics.

During the weekend, two video installations will be on display at the Old Student House in Helsinki: Yael Bartana’s IHME Poduction, True Finn – Tosi suomalainen; and Sasha Huber’s latest film My Racism is a Humanism. A Lecture.

The Trial, with philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna as judge, will host a debate between the prosecutor, visual artist Kiba Lumberg, and counsel for the defence, media artist Hanna Ojamo. The case is about the nationality of art!

At Think Tank Magma’s debate on Friday participants will take sides on whether art has a mother tongue. Joining in this partly Swedish-language discussion are: Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, PhD; Museum Director Kai Kartio; and artist and Professor Ulrika Ferm.

Friday evening ends with a packed film programme, with all the films getting their Finnish premiere. In addition to Yael Bartana’s earlier production, Friday’s late-night showing is John Akomfrah’s fine portrait, The Stuart Hall Project, about the cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who died in February.

More about the films and the IHME discussions and visiting speakers.