PRESS RELEASE 12/2/2013
IHME Days programme 2013 announced
The fifth IHME Contemporary Art Festival takes place this April. This year’s commissioned artwork for public space is Signals by the Polish artist Miroslaw Balka. The work gives us the space and time to imagine what a change for the better might look like. But does art also engender lasting change? This topic will be discussed on the IHME Days, when an interesting band of Finnish and international curators and artists will gather to outline examples from different parts of the world. The artist of the IHME Project Miroslaw Balka will be present on the IHME Days and will talk about his work with Spanish researcher and curator Juan Vicente Aliaga and the public.
The potential influence of art on society is also a theme of the IHME Days film programme, which will offer screenings from the zenith of contemporary art. We will be showing two works by the Belgian artist Francis Alÿs, in whose art politics and poetry are uniquely intertwined. The German artist Joseph Beuys discusses his ideas about the creativity of all human beings and art’s contribution to society in a lecture documentary. We also proudly present a full-length feature, Edvard Munch by Peter Watkins, the British director known for his critical approach to the media. In a reprise from IHME 2008, we are showing Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis’ disturbing The Battle of Orgreave, which relives the English miners’ strike of 1984-85.
The interrelationship between art and politics will also be discussed at what has proved to be an audience magnet, the IHME Marathon, where artists talk about their own working processes. And the dancer Hanna Brotherus will explore bodily communication in her workshop BEING HELD – registration opens today!
Entrance to all events is free.
Further information and requests to interview Miroslaw Balka:
Executive Director Paula Toppila, tel: +358 (0)45 124 0096, paula.toppila(at)ihmefestival.fi
Partners: HKL, HYY Group, Pro AV Art, Mustekala, Aalto University Art Education, City of Helsinki Youth Department, Arcada, Betania Resident House, Hertsikan Pumppu, East Helsinki Music Institute, Kääntöpaikka, Malmitalo, Roihuvuori Youth Center.
In collaboration with: Artova, Herttoniemi District Association, Kivinokka Association, Malmi District Association, Pasila Resident House, Punavuori District Association, Roihuvuori District Association, Rööperifest, Tölö Specialiseringsgymnasium School.
IHME Contemporary Art Festival / Pro Arte Art Foundation Finland
Pro Arte Art Foundation Finland seeks to promote art as a resource for democratic society, and as an important part of human life and everyday existence. The Foundation’s aim is to enhance the status and visibility of visual art, to improve the relationship between visual art and the public, and to make it more accessible. The Foundation’s work is international in scope and directed at anyone interested in culture. The Foundation produces the annual IHME Contemporary Art Festival, consisting of a commissioned work of art in a public space, as well as lectures, discussions, and art-education projects.