IHME 2016: Busking and fiery manifestoes


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“The 2016 Festival focuses on art and communities. The IHME Project is bringing art to Helsinki’s tram routes – your everyday tram ride can turn into a journey into the past, to London or into space! On the IHME Days both artist and audience will share their experiences.”

Paula Toppila, IHME Executive Director

The eighth IHME Contemporary Art Festival begins with the Czech artist Kateřina Šedá’s Tram Buskers’ Tour. The buskers invited to Helsinki will perform on trams for four days, 16–19 March. The troupe of performers announced today includes musicians from around the world, including Steve Aruni from London with his robot monkeys, guitar virtuoso Mario Parizek from Vienna, and The Space Lady, a psychedelic cover artist from the USA. More about the performers >

On the IHME Days at the Old Student House on 1–3 April there will be a discussion of the themes of Šedá’s work: art in public space; community; and artistic collaboration with communities. The three-day event will begin with the Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s – TAIKE DAY (in Finnish), which is also the opening shot for the first RECEPTION triennial of the collaborative arts. The manifesto tradition will also be revived on the IHME Days, with three fiery performances from the art scene.

In addition to the spoken programme, the IHME Days includes appearances by some top names appearing only very seldom in Finland. On display will be video art from international biennials and graphic art by the Swedish pioneer of feminism Marie-Louise Ekman and her TV series Målarskolan (School for painters). Full Festival programme >

Helsinki schools can book their own visits to the Tram Buskers’ Tour. At the IHME Days workshops you can try out busking and make posters for urban space. Share your experiences of the IHME Project and of learning at the Our IHME event on 1 April. More about workshops and art-education projects >

The Festival’s main partners in collaboration are Helsinki City Transport (HKL), Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) and Kone Foundation.

Further information: IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Executive Director Paula Toppila, paula.toppila@ihmefestival.fi, +358 (0)45 124 0096

Press materials and photos: www.ihmehelsinki.fi/en > Media
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Each year, IHME produces a work in public space by an international artist. The public then has a chance to see the initial stages of this unique creation. The commissioned art work and the interpretations it evokes prompt independent thought and discussion. In the surrounding Festival art and science, past and present meet in a multi-faceted programme of events. IHME is open to everyone who is interested in life and contemporary art.