Throughout her career, Elina Brotherus has used herself as a model in her work. In her latest works, she is joined in front of the camera by dancer and choreographer Vera Nevanlinna or other companions. The majority of her latest works are based on so-called event scores, short scripts that set out the actions of the performance. Some works are based on event scores created by Brotherus and Nevanlinna themselves and extracts from poems by Tuomas Timonen.
What sets Brotherus apart from the original Fluxus artists is that she does not perform in front of an audience but in front of a camera, and does so with the objective of not just recording the action but also of creating an interesting image. For Brotherus, art is a performative practice. With this new body of work, she is turning a new page in her own creative expression – and in the broader continuum of contemporary art itself.
The event scores are a suitably flexible tool for Brotherus, leaving room for improvisation and the artist’s own psychological reflections. The works presented here are in fact a series of reinterpretations. This is apposite, as the event scores were originally intended to be performed by anyone.
In his artistic practice Otto Karvonen specialises in creating small-scale, humorous interventions that generate unexpected encounters and surprising disruptions across a variety of everyday situations.
His works have been used to surprise random passers-by around the world, their responses ranging from confusion to disbelief, amusement and even resistance. His works often takes their cue from current social and political issues and ongoing public debates. However, he always endeavours to avoid all manner of preaching and finger pointing. In fact, he would much rather choose to direct his enquiring gaze at the many troubling and complex issues integral to our social structures in which, one way or another, we are all complicit – whether we like it or not.