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NPT x CAA: How do you know what you know? Exercises in Attentiveness

Photo: Kalle Hamm

Trip to Seili Island on Friday 12.8.2022 and event day in Turku on Saturday 3.9.2022

NPT x CAA: How do you know what you know? Exercises in Attentiveness
Trip to Seili Island
Friday 12.8.2022 between 9:30-18:30
Registration fee includes return boat trip to Seili Island (15 €)
Limited places available – registration required
Possibility for lunch at Seili (at own cost)

Registration by 3.8.2022!
Register in Holvi

How do you know what you know? How to pay gratitude to all that makes our thought and labour possible? How to attend to that, which has been left unnamed and unnoted? How to withhold from the urge to name?

For the past four years, CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago has been nurturing the sharing of methods, protocols and rituals – some inherited or borrowed, others invented or emergent – between artists visiting the island Seili and scientists with decades-long embedded practice in Turku Archipelago. We invite the audience now to take part in this ongoing experimentation with exercises in attentiveness.

On Friday 12th August, a programme of performances, walks, sittings and other exercises will present new site-specific works commissioned by CAA for the island of Seili in collaboration with the Archipelago Research Institute. The participating artists include Band of Weeds, Foam Earth (Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney), Fraud (Audrey Samson and Francisco Gallardo), Kalle Hamm, Lotta Petronella, and Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright).

Seili and its myriad spectres have been guiding the work of CAA together with artists and scientists. The ghosts of environmental transformation, histories of othering, and reproductive labour of care have not called for explanation or exorcism, but rather invited acts of conjuring and conspiring with them. They have demanded a reckoning in the face of the abundant inheritances, so as to recall knowledges and sensibilities that lie hidden in the long shadows cast by traditions considered reasonable.

How do you know what you know? Exercises in Attentiveness events are organised collaboratively by CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago and New Performance Turku. The programme and the presented art works are produced as part of CAA’s project Spectres in Change and have been supported by Kone Foundation and the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

The registration is confirmed once the boat trip (15 €) has been paid through Holvi. A more detailed programme with programme options will be sent to confirmed participants in the beginning of August. The registrations are binding. Participation in the event is not possible with any symptoms of flu. In case of acute illness, please contact us as soon as possible for cancellation.


9:30 Departure from Turku: m/s Norrskär, Läntinen Rantakatu 37
11:30 Arrival in Seili
11:30-16:30 Programme and lunch: more information TBA
16:30 Departure from Seili
18:30 Arrival in Turku

(Changes in the programme are possible.)

In collaboration with the Archipelago Research Institute

Art Works & Exercises

Band of Weeds
The New Pangaea

An interspecies cantata performed in the museum church of Seili. The cantata reflects the complex entanglement of human and plant life on the island. It introduces twenty plants, which represent diverse modes of migration to and disappearance from the island. The cantata has been composed of field recordings of plants translated into sounds audible to the human ear.

FoAM Earth
Post Glacial Rebound

A soundwalk to encourage intimate connections with the island. Subtle resonances and disturbances, ecological transformations hovering on the edge of perception. The many sounds of flight. The signalling of plants and plankton. Listening as the biological time of generations intersects with the slow time of tectonic forces.

Matterlurgy with Katja Mäkinen
Otolith Reading

A conversation and practical demonstration about how scientists read climate data from the non-human world. Matterlurgy in collaboration with scientist Katja Mäkinen will share methods across art and science for listening with and reading information in the ear bone (otolith) of the Baltic Herring – a fish whose changing physiology has been linked to climate change and the shifting conditions of the Baltic Sea.

Fields of May

An infrastructure converging practices and historical-material specificity which create the conditions of possibility to conjure worlds attuned to non-extractive rhythms. The salvaged masts, which compose the seating area, bear witness to colonialism and timber trade as much as to the changing nature of Finnish forests. Together with the herring windsock, they act as a structure to chair multidisciplinary events to discuss the potentiality of more-than-human legal ecologies.

Lotta Petronella
with Jasmin Inkinen, Lau Nau, Anna Karhu-Cormier, Cecilia Westerberg, Seppo Parkkinen
Själö Poeisis

Lament to Pine Trees is a polyphonic, collective gesture towards the girdled pine trees in the south forest of Seili performed by a small choir. A scent altar guides us back to the island. The Apothecaryis an installation of medicine, environmental essences, scent archives and plant colours. Botanical Session with Henbane is a reading and observations with henbane on the grounds of the old hospital.

On Saturday 3rd September, the programme continues in Turku with premieres of other commissioned works in a series of performances, screenings and discussions. A detailed programme for both days and the full list of participating artists and scientists will be announced soon.