wiikkis ⎮ Riikka Wallin

Cultural management and concepts


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Monokini 2.0 needs your support!

Monokini 2.0 swim suit

Monokini 2.0 swim suit.

A couple of weeks ago I was at the exhibition opening of artist duo Nutty Tarts‘s project Monokini 2.0 at the Finnish Museum of Photography. Monokini 2.0 is a social art project that re-examines popular culture’s narrow view of a woman’s ideal appearance, and as part of it 10 swimwear designs for women with only one breast where designed.

Forward a couple of days and the project has gotten worldwide visibility! Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and even Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation have highlighted the project.

Now they need your help! The next stage is to start production on three of the suits. The ladies have a Kickstarter project. I contributed today. Will you join me?


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Wrapping up Arts and Audiences

Arts and Audiences came and went, and working with the conference was intense. The whole streaming from the conference is available for those of you who weren’t able to attend the event. Access it here.

And take a look at some photos from the event. Photos by Alejandro Lorenzo.

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Arts and Audiences live stream

Drawing for Arts and Audiences by Anna Lena Schiller

For those of you who are not able to attend the Arts and Audiences conference in person, you can follow the discussion in the live stream and participate through on the Facebook page or using #artsandaudiences on Twitter.


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Environmental litteracy

I have a new client, Natur och miljö, an environmental organisation that works in Swedish in Finland and I’m going to start working with an environmental literacy project with art exhibitions and audience development projects aimed at adults as well as children and youth connected to these exhibitions. I’m excited about this project. I think it has a lot of potential and a lot of interesting parts that I can develop with my client and the other partners of the project. I’ll let you know how it goes and what parts will be realised as the project goes on.


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… thanks for all the joy you’re bringing

The new exhibition at Kiasma is called appropriately called Thank you for the music, just like the classic Abba song. It’s a celebration of western pop music. I went to see it this week and although it’s a quite narrow view of music, there were elements that really clicked with me.

 

 

These paintings by Rauha Mäkilä really touched me. I think it’s the feeling of dance and movement in them combined with the colours that she’s used.


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DocPoint and the marvelous Cave of forgotten dreams

Last week the Helsinki Documentary Film Festival took over the theatres here in town, and in true film festival spirit I went to see 7 films during 3 days.

The one that made the biggest impression on me was Werner Herzog’s film Cave of forgotten dreams, a film about the earliest known art works in the Chauvet cave. The film is in 3D and I’ve said before that 3D doesn’t really do it for me with the exception of Pina from last autumn. Well, this is the next exception. The feeling of being able to see the cave, how the walls flow and how the paintings or drawings travel along the walls was just amazing. I had chills! So if you have the possibility to see it, then definitely do it!

 

 

Others that I had the chance to see and are worth seeing are: Battle for the City (Taistelu Turusta) about city planning or actual city non-planning in Turku, How are you about the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset and Aliona van der Horst’s film Water children.


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Maria Mena @ Tavastia, Helsinki

Last night Maria Mena joined us here in Helsinki at Tavastia. I loved the show!

It’s amazing to spend time with certain artists. They follow you for years, and you follow them. About ten years ago she touched my heart with songs like Sorry, You’re the only one and Just a little bit. Those songs are somehow a part of me still and it was amazing to hear some of them last night. And then the newer material from the last album Cause and Effect as well as the newest one, Viktoria. Somehow more organic than the previous albums and more complex. The world is not as black and white anymore, not like when you were a teenager. Musically Viktoria is a natural continuation of Cause and Effect. Familiar melodies, the strings, the deeply personal lyrics. It’s all from the same world. It’s this that has always touched me with her music. It gets to me. It’s what makes me feel connected to the music, feel that it’s good, rather than know that it is intellectually.

It’s a joy to watch Maria on the stage. You can see that she is feeling the music in her whole body and she’s definitely having fun. And a total bonus: she’s funny!

I definitely had fun last night.

Don’t particularly love the video for All this time, but the song is great!