Safety as Ambience

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, Eero Yli-Vakkuri

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    Public space performance (Tripla, Pasila) and listening session in Third Space by the artists Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen and Eero Yli-Vakkuri: Safety as Ambience (2021) - a part of performance protocols Soundings in Helsinki (FI).

    This performance critically investigates whether public safety can be sensed as a specific ambience, manifested by certain sounds and gestures. The performance regards the city as a site of cohabitation, signified by moving bodies which maintain an awareness of each other through noise. This soundscape constructs a milieu which designates meaning to individuals passing through it and affords the formulation of particular groups. These meanings are thus negotiated through their implementation in the cityscape, where even arbitrary patterns appear through their various manifestations and connotations.

    The artists will amplify and perform in relation to sound sources which constitute the soundscape of a specific site in Helsinki, the Tripla Mall and Railroad Station in Pasila. Through this engagement, movements resonate safety, care, and nourishment - and the sounds found are communicating, and even alarming, what happens both visibly and invisibly in other parts of the mall and railroad construction.

    Some crucial questions are asked - how do these sounds contribute to the public's sense of safety and how can spaces be reclaimed and controlled through different means of enunciation and through the use of sound? How do we activate and absorb these sounds through our encounter with them and how is a sense of safety (re)established through our bodies’ movements?

    The performance starts outside the Tripla Mall and Railway Station in Pasila. We will meet at the entrance to the right side at 10 am, where we will then move together to the performance sites. Be prepared to be asked to help with documentation and bring your mobile phone (if you have one - if not, then that is fine too). Duration approximately 40 minutes. Later on the same day, from 17:00 to 19:00 the artists will host an informal listening session in Third Space,
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2021
    MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
    Eventperformance protocols Nordic Sessions # 3: soundings - Third Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 18 Sep 202127 Sep 2021


    • performance art
    • public space
    • sound art
    • art interventions
    • scores
    • safety

    Field of art

    • Performance


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