Anna-Mari Karvonen & Anni Puolakka: Amor Fati

ARS17 programme. What happens when Brad meets 200 kg of clay?

  • 9.9.–17.9.2017

Premiere Sat 9.9. at 4pm
Other performances Wed 13.9. at 7pm, Fri 15.9. at 7pm (FULL BOOKED), Sat 16.9. at 4pm & Sun 17.9. at 3pm

“I just want to lie there, shirt open, and take my hits and see, and see.”

A certain earthly material enchants our protagonist Brad, who has drifted into a life crisis and a type of raw condition. He works on the clay and caresses it. He feels the need to unite with it. He wants to decay into it.

Amor fati focuses on an ancient relationship: the co-existence of human and clay. The piece looks at a Californian human body combining with red clay, and meditates on the materiality of life. Amor fati is a living and dying sculpture which uses our concept of love as material. It releases Brad, a prisoner of his own narrative, and lets him romp with the clay to his heart’s content.

The performance is part of ARS17.

Work group: Anna-Mari Karvonen & Anni Puolakka together with Tatu Nenonen, Samuli Niittymäki and Heikki Paasonen.

Duration: 1 h
Language: Finnish (English synopsis provided if needed)

About the work group

Anna-Mari Karvonen is a Helsinki-based dramaturg and director whose latest works include Peggy Pickit ser Guds ansikte at Svenska Teatern and an untitled performance Karvonen made with Milja Aho, Anna Mustonen and Emmi Venna at the contemporary art space Kutomo and the Baltic Circle festival.

Anni Puolakka is a Rotterdam-based artist who makes performances, videos and installations. Puolakka’s recent pieces include Rumina – a series of works including a play, video and sculpture – and Sacre and Sacre 2 video works together with Jaakko Pallasvuo. The videos were part of Glorious Time exhibition at the Purnu Art Center in summer 2017.

Tatu Nenonen is a sound designer based in Helsinki whose recent works include WRESTLE performance at Zodiak and Iholla radio play together with Johannes Ekholm.

Samuli Niittymäki is a Helsinki-based actor. Last autumn he performed in a play called Farm at Ryhmäteatteri. Niittymäki has worked with Karvonen in the play Espoo 60°N, #2kjkf°E, written by Heidi Väätäinen.

Heikki Paasonen is a light designer based in Helsinki whose spatial and often minimalistic designs have been part of pieces by Sanna Kekäläinen, Elina Pirinen, Eeva Muilu, Maija Hirvanen, Jana Unmussig, Deborah Hay, Milja Sarkola, and more. He won the Säde and Suomi awards in 2012.

Karvonen, Niittymäki and Puolakka made Vibes, a five-hour performance at the Kiasma theater in 2014. Vibes (2012-2015) was a series of performances, texts, installations and videos that dealt with methods and experiences of a collective art practice and life.