Openness in artistic, curatorial and institutional practices
International seminar in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki 29th–30th August 2013
Checkpoint Helsinki and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma organized a two-day seminar to explore the concept and practices of openness in producing and mediating contemporary art. Openness is a central concept according to which Checkpoint Helsinki, Kiasma and many other organisations function and is frequently used to describe how we should relate to each other. We are Open! -seminar will provide ideas about how openness can be applied in the work of artists, curators and institutions.
On Thursday the 29th of August the invited artists and curators Aaron Levy, Juha Huuskonen, Nora Sternfeld, Matteo Lucchetti, Can Gülcü, Katharina Morawek, Oliver Marchart, Dana Yahalomi and Ganzeer presented their talks in three thematic sessions: Openness, Involvements, and Becoming Public. The topic of openness was discussed within the frameworks of knowledge production, curating, collaborative working methods, public space and audience. After the talks everyone was invited to a casual evening gathering at 19:00 in Gallery Augusta, at Suomenlinna, Helsinki.
On the second day, Friday the 30th of August, the audience and the speakers had a possibility to delve into the themes of the first day in the form of a facilitated open space workshop and find ways to apply the topics of the first day to their own practices and needs. In June 2012 Checkpoint Helsinki organised a previous open space workshop, where more than a hundred art professionals discussed the needs of the art field and the activities of Checkpoint Helsinki. Checkpoint Helsinki aims to continue working as a platform for artists, curators and other art professionals to discuss and network.