URB 17: Playing with Reality

02.08.2017 - 10.08.2017

URB is an annual urban art and culture festival that presents the influence of ever-changing urban and youth culture on different forms of contemporary art. The festival is produced by Kiasma Theatre. This summer the festival takes place from August 2nd to 10th.

The title of this edition of URB festival, Playing with Reality, refers to the critical and playful way art posits itself in relation to the world we are living in. It is constantly questioning the way it is organized and proposing new ways to perceive and sense it. In this context it has to do with the critical inspection and constructive upsetting of its commonly and often unconsciously held narratives and ideas of identity.

URB makes space for incompleteness, enables experiment and connects communities, artists and actors. The festival events spread out from the museum and the black box to various urban spaces, asking to whom and on what terms urban art can exist.

The full festival program is out now and tickets on sale, more information on www.urb.fi.


22.6. URB LAB: Sébastien Ramirez, Niskanen & Salo

URB LAB: Sébastien Ramirez, Niskanen & Salo
Kiasma Theatre 22.6. Open doors at 13-16

Sébastien Ramirez (movement), Mark Niskanen (sound and video) and Jani-Matti Salo (light and video) gather for a four-day URB LAB residency in Kiasma Theatre from June 19th to 22nd. On the last day of the residency, the public is welcome to observe the artist trio experiment with interactive technology and street dance-based movement.

Niskanen & Salo: Palmudisko
Kiasma Seminar Room 2.–10.8. Installation accessible during museum opening hours.

Artist duo Niskanen & Salo’s Palmudisko is an installation that consists of video projection, audio, and plants.

Another center: Pasila – 15/12 e
Kääntöpöytä, Pasila 2.8. at 17, 3.8. at 17, 4.8. at 17 + 21

Hanna-Kaisa Tiainen’s Another center: Pasila takes participants to a playful nature expedition in hidden Pasila on an August afternoon. Performance asks in what kind of city are we living in and in what kind of city we would like to live in.

Working group: Hanna-Kaisa Tiainen, Micha Goldberg, Kääntöpöytä plants and animals, Viljami Lehtonen, Veera-Maija Murtola

W A U H A U S: The Church of Internet – 15/12 e
Kiasma Theatre 2.8. at 19, 3.8. at 19, 4.8. at 19, 5.8. at 15

There will soon be a point in time when the dead social media users will surpass the living.

The Church of Internet is a game that the audience plays together. The game forms into a mourning gathering where we search for new ways of grieving, remembering and celebrating in the internet era. It is a possibility to face questions about empathy in digital interaction and all that we leave behind.

The internet never forgets.

The performance is part of Kiasma Theatre’s ARS17 program.

Working group: Samuli Laine, Jussi Matikainen, Aku Meriläinen & Jarkko Partanen

Ima Iduozee: Garden of Eden – 15/12 e
Stoa 3.8. at 19, 4.8. at 19, 7.8. at 19

Two bodies wander in the landscape of a lost paradise. The Garden of Eden is familiar from the Quran, Torah and Bible. Ima Iduozee’s new dance performace Garden of Eden rewrites the Creation Story and while painting the multilingual and intercultural landscape of the future.

Working group: Ima Iduozee, Esete Sutinen, Erno Aaltonen, YSI, Laura Väinölä

Pakui Hardware: Creatures of Habit
SIC 5.8.–3.9. Opening 4.8. at 18–21

There is a joke that there are three things one can watch forever: fire, water, and other people working. Are we prepared to be observers of the hypnotizing choreography of robotic bodies, of the velocity of algorithmic decisions? Pakui Hardware’s exhibition Creatures of Habit continues the collaboration between URB-festival and SIC.

Lado Darakhvelidze: Cooking The New Planet
Alkovi 5.8.–1.10. Opening 5.8. at 17

Georgian Lado Darakhvelidze installs a radical dramatic curtain in Alkovi. The work juxtaposes historical political figures and iconic images and characters of today’s visual culture and media.

Quiet dances
Sorbus 5.8. at 18 – 6.8. at 18

Quiet dances is a durational dance performance that features 24 dancers appearing at Sorbus gallery over a 24-hour period. In the polyphonic project dancers choose an hour of music, put on headphones, close their eyes, and surrender to music and dance.

Working group: Wilhelm Blomberg, Maja Hannisdal, Ilmari Karhu, Sindri Runudde and 24 performers from different walks of life

URB WORKSHOP: Composition workshop – Puhos ♡ People
Puhos 5.8. at 21

Organized as part of Puhos ♡ People event, URB festival supports a community-based composition workshop led by composer and pianist Pekka Toivonen. During the workshop sessions the participants realize a musical composition and arrangement that premieres in an open space, in the center of Puhos shopping mall.

The Meal
Kiasma, 8.-10.8.

The Meal is hosted by MA students of Aalto University’s ViCCA (Visual Culture and Contemporary Art) program in collaboration with URB festival. A three day event of food and art comprises of gatherings, conversations, interventions, participatory actions, performances, and of course, food.

URB WORKSHOP: Jakob Ampe & Pol Heyvaert: Wild Life FM
Annantalo 8.-9.8., daily at 10-16

Musician Jakob Ampe and director Pol Heyvaert will lead a workshop for young people (age 15 to 20) who write their own music, sing their own songs or produce music in general. During the two-day workshop, the participants will make a podcast / radio show.

There are only ten places available in the workshop, so sign up fast – registration is open on www.urb.fi until June 22nd. Places are available on a first come, first served basis. Registration fee is 15 euros.

Mihail Kaluzhski: Like it, Fake it
Galleria Augusta, 8.8. at 19

Scripted by Russian playwright and and journalist Mikhail Kaluzhsky, Like it, Fake it is a perforamce that deals with arts and media in the post-truth era: what happens when an artist enters hostile cultural and political context?

Biniyam: “BABY WE CHANGING CULTURE” / Listening Party – 15/12 e
Kiasma Theatre 9.8. at 20, 10.8. at 20

Introduction to Biniyam –
The hood of a Ferrari, dance, virtual realities, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, Addis Ababa, the future, “I feel like Prince”.
Greater than the sum of its parts, more than just music.

World premiere of rapper Biniyam’s upcoming project release.

“This is not your regular show, come see how a black boy fly”




Kiasma Theatre
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki

Email: urb@kiasma.fi
Personal emails: etunimi.sukunimi@kiasma.fi

Senior Producer: Jonna Strandberg
Program and production: Mikael Aaltonen +358 (0)294 500 659
Production and ticket sales: Sanni Pajula +358(0)40 725 3819
Communication: Riikka Thitz +358 (0)40 524 2849
Graphic design: Petri Summanen
Photography: Simo Karisalo
Videos: Mark Niskanen
Technical team: Ville Kabrell, Mari Kujala, Mark Niskanen, Heikki Paasonen, Joonas Pehrsson, Jani-Matti Salo
Trainee: Annika Pråhl

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Supported by

Helsingin kulttuurikeskus, Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö

In collaboration with

Alkovi, Annantalo, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Lasten ja nuorten kulttuurikeskus Villa Arttu, Puhos ♡ People, Sorbus, Stoa, SIC