OTHER SPACES (in Finnish Toisissa tiloissa) is a Helsinki based live arts collective. Founded in 2004, the group consists of artists from various art fields.
THE WORKING PRINCIPLES OF THE COLLECTIVE ARE
I continuous training
II exercise as a mode of performance
III metamorphosis as a common theme of exercises
WAYS OF WORKING
OTHER SPACES invents and develops collective physical exercises through which people can visit “other spaces”, i.e. enter in contact with the modes of being and experience other than human.
The group performs its exercises regularly in practical demonstrations and organizes public workshops for the youth and adults. Following the same principles, the group also has created also thematic, experimental performances, such as Aniara (2006), Odradek Variations (2007), Golem Variations (2011), Reindeer Safari (2010), Car Park (2013), Wolf Safari (2014), Motorway is Ours! (2014), Humanoid Hypothesis (2015), Panpsychic Parliament (2015), Alien Art. Humanoid Hypothesis 2 (2016) and Avalokiteshvara Superclusters (2017).
OTHER SPACES has invented over a hundred exercises through which we can change momentarily our mode of being. Shortest exercises last for a couple of minutes while longer ones take several hours. The exercises are based on bodily techniques and a set of rules so simple that anybody can do them.
WHY AND HOW WE WORK
OTHER SPACES implements the dream of an equal, justified form of performance. Through its activities the collective wants to reduce planetary fear and to grant hope to survive. A secret that cannot be deprived is shared with the audience.
During the fourteen years of the collective’s existence the themes of the works have become more political and ecological. The role of the audience has developed and the performances are increasingly participatory.
PEOPLE AND FRIENDS
The members of the collective come from various fields of arts, including actors, choreographers, film directors, painters, sculptors, theatre directors, writers, dreamers and many other. Until 2017 the convenor of the collective was Esa Kirkkopelto, a philosopher and an artistic reasearcher. His research is still in close dialogue with the artistic practice of the collective.
OTHER SPACES is a founding member of PERFOMANCE CENTER (in Finnish Esitystaiteen Keskus). The Center is a meeting and working place for live arts and performance professionals, as well as their umbrella organization in Finland. www.esitystaide.fi
OTHER SPACES Live Arts collective is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the City of Helsinki.