C7 Talonen: Making friends in/with the isolation

Virva Talonen

Helsinki / online. As a video format via Vimeo. The link is accessible during the symposium.


The exercise is based on the score as follows:

1.Find a place to start.
2. Set the alarm in 8 minutes.
3. Close your eyes.
4. Concentrate on the surface of your skin.
5. Move in the space.
6. Open your eyes.
7. Approach and touch in close proximities.
8. Make friends with surroundings.
9. Play.
10. Make the end when you hear the alarm

This proposal takes a form of an improvised dance exercise / performance based on a score. The context lays in contemporary dance with my practice as a choreographer. The proposal is documented on a video format and can be accessed via internet during the time of symposium. The proposal is based on two different issues; the body and its playfulness and the multiple imaginary worlds playfulness can embody. Themes such skin, touching and close proximity are in focus on my artistic practice. During this time of crisis lock downs, social distances and “Do not touch” -requests are guiding our corporeal being. Isolation cuts the interactions and shared presences. Act of touching can be perilous. How to remain sanity in the isolated space with limited skin contact? Before the corona I worked on a dance performance based on the movement of close physical contact and ongoing touch between dancing bodies. As I needed to suspend contact rehearsals I entered in a vacuum space with no one to relate to. This condition was eventually visited by playfulness and started to fill up with unknown perspectives, hope and sensitivity to stay at the present moment and to cherish it. “Making friends in/with isolation” is a documentation about an excercise of being in touch with others in isolation. It is an attempt to practice touching and corporeal interacting with human and non-human things around me in isolated space and to approach the things as they are by making an acquaintance with and invite them to play. This might open up multiple worlds, lightness and empathy in these rather heavy times.


C7 Gathering in Lapinlahti park

Lapinlahti hospital park 27 July 10:00–18:00 EEST
9.45 Meeting at Venetsia building in Lapinlahti hospital park (Lapinlahdenpolku 8)
10:00–10:30 Maija Kerko: Hospital as a mirror
10:30–11:00 Ulla Leppävuori: Walking my Dog, Debe
11:00–11:30 Coffee at Venetsia
11:30–12:00 Mieko Kanno: Touch & Open-Window Concerts
12:00–12:30 Arlene Tucker: Knots
12:30–13:00 Nina Luostarinen: #playsign
13:00–13:30 Katriina Heljakka: Liberated through teddybears – resistance, resourcefulness and resilience in play
13:30–15:00 Campfire lunch by Metsätuokio
15:00–16:30 Parallel sessions
15:00–15:45 Ajauksia group: Sensory Experiences – An Articulating and Perceiving Body (in Urban Space)
15:45–16:30 Heidi Seppälä: Play (safe) and ponder
Keynote speaker Steve Fuller: Is the ’human’ being problematized out of existence?
16:30–18:00 Discussion
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C7 Gathering on Harakka island

Harakka island 26 July 10:00–20:00 EEST


9:45 Meeting at Ullanlinna pier near Café Ursula in Kaivopuisto (Ehrenströmintie 3)
10:00 Boat to Harakka (http://www.harakansaari.fi/en/contact)
10:15–10:45 Annette Arlander: Precarious Playground (island tour, gathering at the map)
10:45–11:30 Coffee and introduction to the exhibition From the Mainland
11:30–12:00 Introduction of participants and the Nordic Summer University
12:00–13:00 Pauliina Laukkanen: Research Speed Dating
13:00–14:00 Lunch at Harakka kitchen
14:00–14:30 Lynda Gaudreau: JAJOSKOKÖTISTIC
14:30–15:00 Laura Willström and Titta Aaltonen: Spheres of Influence

15:00–16:30 Parallel sessions (coffee available at the kitchen)
OUTDOORS: Nanni Vapaavuori (Personal portable light situation/ Light walk out of focus)
ON ZOOM: Virtual opening reception & regional meeting
IN PRINT: Pilvi Porkola (Scores for an island)

16:30–17:00 Francesco Trento & Dasha Che: Something We Love Very Slowly (SWLVS)

17:00–18:30 Parallel sessions
AT AUDITORIUM: Annette Arlander (Returning to the Stairs), Olga Heikkilä (Demarcation), Elina Saloranta (Solar Eclipse)
ON ZOOM: Keynote speaker Steve Fuller (How the post-truth condition subverts the idea of critique)

18:30–19:00 Pilvi Porkola: Scores for artistic research
19:00–20:00 Dinner at Harakka kitchen
20:00–22:00 Party (bring your own refreshments)

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C7 Porkola: Scores for Artistic Research

Pilvi Porkola

Helsinki, July 26

In the end of the day on Harakka island we gather together to sum up feelings, thoughts and reflections based on what we have seen and experienced during the sessions. We will be talking in small groups current issues of artistic research with an aim to create a score to be shared and completed somewhere in the future. The scores will be presented in the end of the session (3 mins. for each group).


Scores for an island

There are also some scores to do on the island during the day.  If you cannot join us on Harakka, you can try them on your own island (real or imaginary).



Listen to the seagulls.

Hear what they say.

Answer them.



Find a rock you can trust.

Tell it your problem.

Listen to the advice.



Listen to the concert of the waves.

Give applause when it ends.


Document the performed scores with filming or drawing. You can also write your own score inspired by an island and document that. 


C7 Kerko: Hospital as a mirror

Maija Kerko


My contribution is a walk in the Lapinlahti hospital area during the Helsinki gathering on July 27. It will be documented by photographs published on Facebook.

As the first mental hospital in Finland built in first half of the 19th century, Lapinlahti signalizes both the reconstruction of Helsinki city as a new capital city of Grand Duchy of Finland and the beginning of the new era, when ”lunacy” was first considered as an illness and thus curable. It has proved to have high symbolic value, being interpreted as rooted, like it is to the city structure, also in the nation’s consciousness as a place for emphatic understanding of the fragility of the human mind. Interpreting the hospital area as part of consciousness resembles hospital’s patients prior expressions, reflecting the place experienced through sensory impressions as part of an identity. ”The arched vaults of our minds stem from here”. The patients were the first to speak out the meanings of the isolated hospital area in the 1980’s. Their statements were a detailed report of a healing interaction with the buildings reflecting long history and the nature with its artfully designed gardens in a place experienced as an asylum. To attune to the immediate surroundings can be an extremely political state. Still active social movement protecting the hospital area’s cultural heritage has been an idealistic project, looking at the place through a lense of what it means in its interpreted ideal state. As such, the place has become a critical mirror to a surrounding society. But if the mirror is turned around, the place itself appears as an utopia.

The drawing is made by Jani Jansson.



C7 Leppävuori: Walking My Dog, Debe

Ulla Leppävuori


We are having short walk through Lapinlahti park to observe the play of light and shadow.  Lapinlahti park is situated in my neighbourhood. The walk we do together often belongs to my morning walks with Debe-dog. The walk goes across open and closed space made by plants and shapes of the landscape and between different materials, among playful and varying light conditions. During May, June and  July 2020 I carried camera and made selection of photos for Nordic Summer University online:



Theme is related to my early writing Kävelyllä Händelin kanssa/ A walk with Händel, 2007, which was a short story about observations from visual artist’s point of view made by walking Händel-dog in Töölö, neighbourhood  of Lapinlahti area. The text was tribute to one’s own everyday environment and was inspired by Ned Rozell’s travelling novel Walking My Dog, Jane, journey along the Trans-Alaska pipeline with Jane-dog as traveller partner.

This part of NSU summer school is also belonging to my ongoing long term project, which is  working within border of build and unbuild environment.