Live and performance art are arts that inherently require presence, but presence does not necessarily mean presence in the physical sense – in fact, presence need not even be virtual. This is the realisation the students of the Live Art and Performance Studies programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki arrived at when planning the Lapsody live art and performance festival to take place in September.
How do you organise an art exhibition with sustainability as the fundamental value, and yet avoid being paralysed by the notion that nature does not need us or our art? These are some of the thoughts that have been discussed when planning the Island of Relations exhibition hosted by Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts on Kuninkaansaari island.
The COVID-19 pandemic threatened to cancel the Saari 2020 event that was to present the work of the University of the Arts Helsinki’s students. However, the event will fortunately be held on the Kuninkaansaari island in August and September. At the first-ever event, audiences will be able to enjoy not only the island’s nature but also the works of Uniarts students.
The Saari 2020 (Island 2020) programme by the University of the Arts Helsinki will provide visitors an opportunity to visit the Helsinki archipelago and, at the same time, get close to and enjoy art created in harmony with the environment. All of this will take place in a safe way despite the COVID-19 circumstances.
As part of the eponymous course, fine arts students and the Praxis Master’s Programme students have examined the various dialogical and intersecting ecosystems on the Kuninkaansaari island: biological, ideological, historical, and socio-economic. The result was the emergence of sensitive site-specific works; interventions, iterations, and installations, as well as events that gently respond to these ecosystems.
Kuninkaansaari location, accessibility and precautions regarding COVID-19
All works and events in the Saari 2020 programme are free of charge, but a ticket is required for the ferry. We follow the Finnish government’s COVID-19 guidelines regarding hygiene and audience group sizes in all our events and performances. Preregistration is required for performances and events to ensure small groups. The ferry operator also follows COVID-19 guidelines.
Please note that the island terrain is not completely free from obstruction. The terrain is uneven with steep stretches along some paths. Find out more about accessibility and services from Kuninkaansaari’s own info page.