TUO TUO Arts ry

78500 €

Rewilding – The development of TUO TUO’s “cultural pollinators” platform and ecologically-focused residency program

Taiteellinen työ / siihen pohjautuva työ | Kaksivuotinen

Creating the conditions for unruly artistic encounters, TUO TUO is its own unique ecosystem within the field of ecological arts. Established in 2020, TUO TUO is a new artist-led project space and residency located in a former village schoolhouse in Joutsa, Finland. TUO TUO negotiates the point of convergence across sound, visual art, performance and the environmental arts and sciences as the locus for building new forms of community around the arts – an alternative to established urban institutions. With this grant, we seek to strengthen and deepen TUO TUO’s identity and offerings through the process of Rewilding – self-sustaining, abundant and diverse; a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor. Rewilding stands for creating more frictionless environments and more spontaneous opportunities for cultural actors, human and non-human. Over the grant period, we plan to rewild the 2ha of land surrounding the facilities, a holistic process symbiotic with our artist-led programming and residency activities; a more than symbolic gesture highlighting TUO TUO’s foundation as a diverse, blossoming cultural venue. We intend to expand our year-round artist residency model with a new core initiative: TUO TUO’s “cultural pollinators” – a platform designed to support cross-pollination among artist communities whose work and ideas engage with ecological themes and rural settings. The initial list of confirmed participants reflects the diverse spectrum of voices and disciplines within our emerging community. Here are some examples: an established international association with over 120 members and multiple art and science programs, an artist/activist duo whose work revolves around Finnish mythology from a queer-ecofeminist perspective, a curatorial project based in a greenhouse in Vantaa and a genre-fluid electronic music collective for underrepresented actors in Helsinki.