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.
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).
Summer 2019: Reconnection #1 Parikkala-Elisenvaara, Reconnection #2 Savonlinna-Rantasalmi and Reconnection #3 Pieksämäki-Rantasalmi – follow these pages, we will add more info!
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.
Jaakko Ruuska (convenor)
Other Spaces collective
photographic artist Hanna Koikkalainen
Cooperative Osuuskunta Lahden Seudun Elämysmatkat (Reconnection #1 Parikkala-Elisenvaara)
First parts of the project will be performed during summer 2019.
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).