International SHIFT seminar, the first provided by Finnish Art Agency, brought a wide range of European art professionals to Olympic Stadium, Helsinki in late October 2015, 29.10.–30.10. The seminar opened up cultural practices to Finnish and international audiences, who are interested in collaboration, internationalization and the possibilities of change in the cultural sector.
SHIFT seminar speakers included director Mark Devereux from Mark Devereux Projects, curator, producer and visual arts program manager at HOME (Greater Manchester Arts Centre) Bren O’Callaghan, as well as director and owner Maria Stenfors from Maria Stenfors gallery in London. Representatives from the Nordic countries included curator Cecilia Andersson straight from Bildmuseet, Stockholm/Umeå, Sweden, as well as freelance curator, publisher and the new director of Galleri Format Kjersti Solbakken from Oslo, Norway. We hear speeches also from Olga Krzeszowiec Malmsten, producer of Monday Art Project and curator at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, as well as from curator and founder of Finnish Art Agency Laura Köönikkä. In addition, on Thursday afternoon Suomi-Finlandi took over SHIFT. We heard straight talk about money, the necessity of making and breaking the old structures.
Speakers included producer and clothing designer Kaisa Riivari from #inland, who grew tired of empty words about internalisation and decided to act rather than talk. Director of Lönnström Art Museum Jenny Nybom told us what happens when a museum gives up its building and directs 100 000 euros straight to artists. We also heard film director, producer and founder of Tuffi Films Elli Toivoniemi what can one achieve with great different incentives. Tuomo Tähtinen, CEO at Music Finland pondered the importance of nationality in music exports. We heard also talks from singer-songwriter Aino Venna as well as from Kirsi Korhonen, CEO at The Artist’ Association of Finland. The speeches acted as a fuel for a panel discussion, in which researchers Mikko Piispa (Taiteilijan elämänkulku project, The Finnish Youth Research Society) and senior researcher Pauli Rautiainen (Cupore, The Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research) also joined.
Short pecha kucha presentations brought their own inspiring addition to the SHIFT seminar program.
SHIFT seminar 2015
Olympiastadion / Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Paavo Nurmen tie 1
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Official seminar brochure
Courtesy of Matti Tanskanen/Finnish Art Agency