A I S T I T is a three-episode podcast series that reflects on art and its accessibility both on a practical level and through a societal and philosophical approach. Each episode is based on the contemporary art programme A I S T I T / coming to our senses, which is presented as part of the Helsinki Festival 2021. During the episodes moderator Maija Karhunen discusses the accessibility of the contemporary art programme with its curators and artists.
What is accessibility? Who is art made for, and to whom is it accessible? How do artists approach accessibility in their own creative processes? How is non-binary performing arts created?
The podcast series is based on A I S T I T / coming to our senses – an evolving programme of exhibitions and performances taking place in five European cities between 2021 and 2022 produced by The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes in the Benelux, France, Germany, and the UK and Ireland. The Helsinki chapter of A I S T I T / coming to our senses includes a group exhibition at Kunsthalle Helsinki, a public sound installation by Hans Rosenström and Kalle Nio from Kunsthalle Helsinki to the Temppeliaukio rocks and performances by Kid Kokko at the cultural centre Stoa.
The third episode is based on the performance piece Disappearing - a passion, that takes place in the cultural centre Stoa. Performance artist and sound designer Tari Doris and performance artist, actor and writer Kid Kokko discuss with moderator Maija Karhunen about accessibility, non-binary performing arts, acknowledgement and making space. The episode is in Finnish.
The second episode approaches accessibility from the artist’s point of view. Moderator Maija Karhunen discusses with visual artist, magician and theater director Kalle Nio and visual artist Hans Rosenström how they approach accessibility in their own creative processes. The episode is based on Nio and Rosenström’s public sound installation Weaving, yearning, which is a polyphonic song composed for urban space. How can a sound work be experienced with different senses? To whom does public art belong to?
Moderator Maija Karhunen discusses with curators Hans Rosenström and Satu Herrala about the accessibility of the A I S T I T contemporary art programme exhibition at Kunsthalle. Special attention was paid to accessibility in the execution of the exhibition, but how has this been implemented in practice and what should we focus on when we talk about accessibility? How to reach different audiences? In addition to practical matters, the episode discusses representation, art world elitism and the multitude of our sensorial perceptions.