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

Friday 12.8.2022, Seili Island

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.

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
Includes boat trip to Seili Island (15 €)
Limited places available – registration required
Possibility for lunch at Seili (at own cost)

Registration by 20.6.2022!

The registration is confirmed once the 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

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

Saturday 4.9.2022, Turku

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.


Thursday 24.11.2022, Vanha Viinatehdas, Turku

New Performance Turku Association’s (over) 10-year-history and the launch of the biennale will be celebrated in Turku on November 24th 2022.


4.-10.9.2023, TURKU

New Performance Turku Biennale is an unique event showcasing the current streams and phenomena in performance art. The first New Performance Turku Biennale will be held in September 2023, gathering audiences around Finland and Europe.