The Rehearsing Hospitalities programme 2020 is curated by Frame Contemporary Art Finland in collaboration with m-cult and Museum of Impossible Forms.
Rehearsing Hospitalities Gathering, the week of events planned for September, was postponed to Spring 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But a series of discussions around the programme's reader will take place online from September 22 on.
Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 2 is the second in a series of readers published by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and Archive Books. It considers access from multiple approaches, perceptions and relations while looking beyond normative and institutionalised understandings of access. "How can arts organisations and institutions treat access not as general or universal policy, but instead understand access needs as coming from plural and decentralised ways of knowing and experiencing the world?” the editors Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela describe the approach.
m-cult's invited artists and researchers Annet Dekker, Susanna Ånäs and Ali Akbar Mehta will discuss archives, access - and the Central Park Archives project on 24 September, 7 PM - 9 PM eest. You are welcome to follow the discussion on Frame's YouTube channel
Annet Dekker presents her contribution to the publication “Archival absurdity, or a walk in the park”. The text takes us on a journey from her childhood garden with sweet berry bushes to her new allotment garden, and further onwards to think-with a speculative project based in Helsinki Central Park. Allotment Archives is a project which mirrors a real project (Central Park Archives) but remains a fictional thinking exercise. Annet’s fictitious project Allotment Archives invites us to consider different approaches for commons archiving from the artist-activist to the federative-archivist. Following the reading, Susanna Ånäs and Ali Akbar Mehta will share responses to Annet’s text in reflection with their own work.
The online discussion will follow directly after the first walk event of the Central Park Archives in Maunula.