Residency artists and researchers

Performing arts, performance art


performance art


Practicing the Selfies series of performances

Selfies is a performance project spanning several years that studies the act of revealing and being revealed. We use our personal memories and experiences as material. In the Selfies project, we are examining how a personal portrait develops into a live performance through the collective process.

Aiming for an uncomplicated work environment, we want to study the nature of series and processes in artistic work. Instead of spectacles, we are interested in encounters, working together and performances in the finely nuanced sense of the word – a form of being.

Each of our work periods approaches the theme of “personal” from a different perspective. At the Saari Residence, we worked in the forest, in the yard and indoors, focusing on issues related to humanity’s relationship with nature and the themes of life, death and cycles. We question our experiences of the self. We examine how our being and actions are formed through continuous, subconscious interaction with other people, the environment and things. What would a biological self-portrait look like?

On 12 May 2015, the last day of our residency period, we invited other residents to participate in our work.

Working group

Petra Vehviläinen, Kati Raatikainen, Iida-Maria Heinonen, Hannu Kivioja, Jonna Nykänen, Esa Mattila

The group worked at the Saari Residence in spring 2015.