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

UPCOMING

The project continues in the summer 2020. Stay tuned!

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
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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

Special thanks: Ari Berg, Antti Luostarinen, Ilkka Ruuska, Raimo Ruuska, Pertti Sipinen.

PAST EVENTS

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

RECONNECTION #1 (2019):
17.6. and 1.8. Vaellusesitykset Parikkala-Elisenvaara.
18.8. Havaintoja vaellusmatkasta katkaistulla rautatiellä, Savonlinnan Kulttuurikellari.

RECONNECTION #2 DRAISINE TRAVELS (2019):
14.8. Elokuva ilman kameraa, Laitaatsilta – Kallislahti.
15.8. Yö Toisissa tiloissa, Kallislahti – Rantasalmi – Kallislahti.
16.8. Festivaaliresiina, Kallislahti – Laitaatsilta.
18.8. Sunnuntai-ajelu, Laitaatsilta – Aholahti – Laitaatsilta.
19.8. Viimeinen resiina Kallislahteen?, Laitaatsilta – Kallislahti.

2.11.2019 Resiinareitti Savonlinnaan -discussion, Savonlinna, Kulttuurikellari.

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The project has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Niilo Helander Foundation, Alfred Kordelinin Säätiön Savonlinnan Rahasto, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Osuuskunta Lahden Seudun Elämysmatkailu, Etelä-Karjalan Liitto, Parikkala commune, Pieksämäki city, University of the Arts Helsinki and Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival. Thanks to Väylävirasto (previously transportation agency).
















Photo Jaakko Ruuska