Here I am in Kokkola, Finland devoting 3 weeks to Translation is Dialogue and our new initiative, Let it Out. To read more about what I have been doing during this residency, please click here for the 1st post and here for the 2nd post. During my Artist Talk on March 28th it was lovely not only to share my work, but also to have time to speak with the students about their own artistic practice and experience.
I can shortly say that it has been an incredibly productive, relaxing, and stimulating time in Northwest Finland! Big thanks to everybody at Nordic Art School, ITE-Museum, K.H. Renlund Museum and Mäntykankaan koulu.
Hope we get to meet and make art again together!
It was an honour to have been asked to make an interview with Jessica Poikkijoki from Kulturredaktör Österbottens Tidning. She asked me many meaningful questions that gave me the opportunity to reflect upon why I do what I do and what Let it Out means to me. This is all part of the process!
Thank you for your support!
On March 20th I presented via Skype How art exchange can open dialogue between different groups of people at New challenges in the sphere of deviant (destructive) behaviour of minors in Moscow. Круглый стол, посвященный новым вызовам в сфере девиантного поведения несовершеннолетних, МГППУ.
I talked about my Translation is Dialogue, Dear You, and Let it Out. Everybody was very receptive and we look forward to creating an exchange in the future together!
Big thanks to Anna Voronkova for translating my presentation from English to Russian. I trust your interpretation!
We are extremely happy to be awarded funding from Koneen Säätiö - Kone Foundation and to be able to continue working and develop new collaborations in 2018-2019.
A massive thank you to everyone who has made it possible.
“Let It Out” is an artistic collaboration that encourages exchange between young people affected by imprisonment in Russia and in Finland. This exchange will be facilitated using rap composition and translation techniques, resulting in a collaborative multimedia artwork.
Behind this collaborative project is a team of transnational artists, musicians and educators. Anastasia Artemeva is the manager of Prison Outside - a project dedicated to possibilities and ways of connecting with people in and after prison. Arlene Tucker is the author of the ongoing art installation Translation is Dialogue. One aspect of this project is a pedagogical approach to make art by using translation techniques. This process allows awareness of how one would like to communicate creatively and to build paths for understanding. Sonny “Elinkautinen” Black is a rap musician based in Helsinki. He has experienced imprisonment firsthand. Sonny works directly with youth in the streets of east Helsinki and through correction institutions all over Finland, making music, singing, and encouraging young people to follow their dreams. In Russia we plan to work with non-governmental organisations that support young offenders in juvenile prisons and correction schools.
На фестивале CulturaFest пройдёт мастер-класс в рамках проекта «Тюрьма снаружи». С помощью художественных практик участникам воркшопа предлагается подумать о значении социальной справедливости, наших сходствах и различиях, и о том, как мы относимся друг к другу. У каждого участника мастер-класса будет возможность выразить всё то, что есть внутри, и таким образом стать частью общей истории. Мы будем слушать музыку, писать стихи, рисовать, и использовать необычные техники перевода для творческого перевоплощения.
Анастасия Артемьева - руководитель проекта Тюрьма Снаружи. Тюрьма Снаружи представляет коллаборативные проекты в и о тюрьме и изучает отношение общества к заключенным. Арлин Такер - создатель проекта Перевод это Диалог в своей художественной практике совмещает нестандартные техники перевода, а так же образовательный подход к творчеству и восприятию искусства. Репер Сонни Блэк знает о тюрьме не понаслышке. Освободившись после многих лет заключения, Блэк преподает музыку ребятам на улицах Хельсинки и в коррекционных учреждениях по всей Финляндии.
4 ноября 12:00–14:00, киноцентр Kino K-13, Kanavakatu 12, Хельсинки
18 ноября 16:00–18:00, Молодёжный центр Arkki, Liesitori 1A, 3-й этаж, Вантаа
Возраст: подростки в возрасте 13–19 лет
Языки: русский, финский и английский
Регистрация: кол-во мест ограничено – 15 человек, заявки принимает Надежда Симакина email@example.com
CulturaFest will host a workshop that is part of the project Prison Outside. Through artistic practices, the workshop participants will proceed to thinking about social justice, different walks of life and how we treat each other. The workshop participants will have an opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts, and thus become a part of a shared history. We will listen to music, write poetry, make art and use translation techniques to creatively cross mediums.
Anastasia Artemeva is the manager of Prison Outside - a project dedicated to possibilities and ways of connecting with people in and after prison. Arlene Tucker is the author of the ongoing art installation Translation is Dialogue. One aspect of this project is a pedagogical approach to make art by using translation techniques. This process allows awareness of how one would like to communicate creatively and to build paths for understanding. Sonny “Elinkautinen” Black is a rap musician based in Helsinki. He has experienced imprisonment firsthand. Sonny works directly with youth in the streets of east Helsinki and through correction institutions all over Finland, making music, singing, and encouraging young people to follow their dreams.
4.11. 12:00–14:00, Kino K-13, Kanavakatu 12, Helsinki
18.11. 16:00–18:00, the Arkki Youth Center, Liesitori 1A, 3d flor, Vantaa
Age: older children (13-19 years)
Language: English, Russian, Finnish
Free admission, 15 places per each workshop. Registration: Nadja Simakina, firstname.lastname@example.org
4.11. 12:00–14:00, Kino K-13, Kanavakatu 12, Helsinki
18.11. 16:00–18:00, Nuorisotila Arkki, Liesitori 1A, 3. kerros, Vantaa
Kielet: venäjä, suomi, englanti
Ikäsuositus: 13 – 19 vuotta
Sisäänpääsy: 15 paikkaa, etukäteisilmoittautuminen: Nadja Simakina email@example.com
Tune into Korpi Radio to listen to Parasite Radio Programme on Sunday, September 24. Selection of recordings from Exploring Hypertext amongst other sounds/thoughts will be aired.
11-11:30h (8-8:30h UTC)
TID: Exploring Hypertext
21-21:30h (18-18:30h UTC)
TID: Exploring Hypertext
For the full lineup, go to: http://korppiradio.net/on-air/
We are very grateful that Samir Bhowmik invited us for an interview about Exploring Hypertext.
How did Translation is Dialogue came about? What were the motivations behind it? What do you hope to achieve with Exploring Hypertext?
Arlene: I started Translation is Dialogue (TID) in 2010. At that time I was studying Semiotics at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Our minds were being happily bombarded with the workings of the communication process, semiosphere and Umwelt. I was inspired by those studies and concepts to create a space that allows us to communicate with each other and bring awareness of the translation process from the dialogue created between images, text, sounds, etc. This fit in with Roman Jakobson’s notion of Intersemiotic Translation, which I use as a backbone to make sense of how we translate between different mediums and non-verbal languages. TID started as an academic paper and grew quickly into a series of installations and art workshops. In the workshops, the aim is to use translation techniques as a means to understand what is being communicated and how to use translation techniques for art creation. It’s been extremely rewarding to see how people are so open and willing to share perspectives on how we perceive, communicate and make art! Exploring Hypertext came about from one of the activities I do in my workshops. We can all be in the same space but we will experience it and understand it differently. In essence, we translate the same text differently. I have to thank my friend, Madis Katz, for inviting me to write down what we saw in a dank bar somewhere in Tallinn years and years ago. Taking the time to verbalize what you see also allows one to just be there in the moment. Take a bit more time and you will see even more things and details. I always ask myself, “What do I see?” or “Where am I?” when I’m in a hurry as a way to ground myself.
In this TID phase, we can share what we see and simultaneously create our imagined world from the descriptions. The idea of a collaborative collage, whether it be physical or imaginary has been really interesting to me and I wanted to playfully develop that more. I hope people want to take the time- to listen, to see, to be. I invited Susanne to further develop Exploring Translation with me after we met at In Dialogue symposium in Nottingham in 2016. I am very excited to work with her!
Susanne: Thanks for inviting me! Working with Arlene on Exploring Hypertext is an exciting challenge and an experiment in collaboration. There are enough overlaps in our practices to explore the process of bringing together and unpicking two different but similar approaches. I think, what Arlene describes above is also embodied in our actual collaborative process so far, which has taken place via remote dialogue and hypertext over the past three months. To a certain extend I had to understand the project TID, on which Arlene has been working for a long time, in a very short time and interpret how it resonates with my work. I guess, on a personal level, the aim with Exploring Hypertext is to bring two practices together and enlarge and expand what we both do in our respective practices. With regards to the actual project the workshops and installation at Pixelache Festival will be a collaborate effort with everybody involved to get closer to the larger vision we described for Exploring Hypertext of putting the human, local and embodied experience at the centre of a global network.
Please click here to read the whole interview about TID and Exploring Hyptertext!
Arlene Tucker: author and curator of TID