ELISENVAARA-PIEKSÄMÄKI: RECONNECTIONS







Photo Jaakko Ruuska

ELISENVAARA-PIEKSÄMÄKI: RECONNECTIONS

The railway, cut by state boundaries, in many places closed and partly ruined, will be awoken again, to become a multiplicity of spaces, alive for new kinds of encounters between people and non-human entities alike. The performances realised by the Other Spaces collective and Jaakko Ruuska are a part of Ruuska’s artistic research project at the Fine Arts Academy of Uniarts Helsinki.

The first reconnection happens on the ruins of the railway, between Parikkala and Elisenvaara. Can we overcome the spatial disconnect caused by state frontiers and forbidden zones?

The second reconnection is formed on the closed railroad between Savonlinna and Rantasalmi. The human-powered draisine leads us to the blind spots of the tourism industry, where we can still sense the aura of places.

RECONNECTION #1:
HAVAINTOJA VAELLUSMATKASTA KATKAISTULLA RANTATIELLÄ

18.8. at 12:00. Place: Savonlinna, Kulttuurikellari
Free entry!

Observations on the first Parikkala-Elisenvaara journeys.

RECONNECTION #2 DRAISINE TRAVELS

Elokuva ilman kameraa
Wed 14.8. at 15:30, Laitaatsilta

Yö toisissa tiloissa
Thu 15.8. at 15:40, Kallislahti

Festivaaliresiina
Fri 16.8. at 15:40, Kallislahti

Sunnuntai-ajelu
18.8. at 14:00, Laitaatsilta

Viimeinen resiina Kallislahteen?
Mon 19.8. at 12:00, Laitaatsilta

UPCOMING

Summer 2019: Reconnection #1 Parikkala-Elisenvaara, Reconnection #2 Savonlinna-Rantasalmi and Reconnection #3 Pieksämäki-Rantasalmi.

More infrmation: Jaakko Ruuska
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On the ruins of the railway, functionality has moved to areas of imaginary and potentiality. Even when only a narrow trace remains of the railway, you can still follow it to enter other spaces. At the borders of an abandoned railway, new spaces for encounters are opened.

Photo Jaakko Ruuska
Photo Jaakko Ruuska
Photo Jaakko Ruuska

WORKING GROUPS

Reconnection #1: Parikkala-Elisenvaara 17.6. and 1.8.

Convenor: Jaakko Ruuska

Photographer Hanna Koikkalainen

Other Spaces collective: Timo Jokitalo and Eeva Kemppi

Osuuskunta Lahden Seudun Elämysmatkat: Antti Holopainen and Victoria Fofanova (Via Kalevala project)

Reconnection #2: Savonlinna-Rantasalmi

Convenor: Jaakko Ruuska

Photographer Hanna Koikkalainen

Other Spaces collective: Timo Jokitalo and Kati Korosuo

Producer: Veera Kolehmainen

Supported by: Alfred Kordelinin Säätiön Savonlinnan Rahasto, Etelä-Karjalan liitto, Parikkala commune, Pieksämäki city and Taideyliopisto. Special thanks: Ari Berg, Antti Luostarinen, Ilkka Ruuska, Raimo Ruuska, Pertti Sipinen.

HAPPENED ALREADY

ARCHIPELAGO MOUNTAIN

Other Spaces collective took part in Jaakko Ruuska’s installation ”Spatial disconnections #1″, performed at the Archipelago Mountain exhibition (28.11.-12.12.2018 Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki).

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The project has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Niilo Helander Foundation, Osuuskunta Lahden Seudun Elämysmatkailu, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Pieksämäki city and Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival. Thanks to  Väylävirasto (previously transportation agency).
















Photo Jaakko Ruuska