s/pace between the visual and performing arts

S/pace is an exhibition that studies pace, space, materiality and collaboration.

The working group of s/pace includes visual artist Mika Helin, choreographer Emmi Venna, lighting designers Anton Verho and June Horton-White, who have created new site-specific works for the exhibition, as well as a team of curators, who are students of the Praxis Master’s Programme, Eeva Holkeri, Aleksandra Kiskonen, Ingrid Orman, Mariliis Rebane and Saskia Suominen.

S/pace is a result of intensive, free-flowing and horizontal collaboration of the working group. Contemplating, reflecting, experimenting and taking risks have formed the essential part of the polyphonic working process. The exhibition places some of the characteristic features of the visual and performing arts in interaction with each other, thus challenging the established ways of experiencing and exhibiting art in a gallery space. The visitors of the exhibition can experience their position shift from one space and/or situation to another: they may find themselves examining an artwork, becoming part of it or adopting the role of the audience in a performative act.

One of the key themes in s/pace is eventfulness. However, there are no “side events”; rather, the events create a multitude of equally valid points of inception and conclusion leaving their marks on the exhibition space, the visitors and the conventional cycle of the exhibition.

The ground floor of the Exhibition Laboratory features Mika Helin’s spatial installation, Haute Couture, which visually connects the interior of an exclusive clothing store with soil alienated from its natural environment. The work raises questions related to commerciality, ecology, identity and the internal hierarchies that exist within the art world as well as their evaluation.

Emmi Venna’s process-based work, 17 days of taking everything as a sign, studies how past and present physicality blend in with the temporal structure of an exhibition that lasts for 17 days.

Man, I Hope It Isn't a Parking Lot or a Pit of Snakes! is a collaboration between lighting designers Anton Verho and June Horton-White. The work takes over the entire gallery space, looking for a place of its own, and creating narrativity, contrasts and temporal tension in relation to Helin’s and Venna’s works.


Opening February 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Intermission Mar 3, 5 p.m – 6 p.m. Opportunity to meet the team over a cup of coffee and hear about the exhibition process.
Closing Sun, March 11, 1 pm. – 6 p.m
Free admission