The Invasive Species Club: Night of the Isms

Friday 10. May at 20:00 - 22:30

Doors and the bar open at 19:00. Evening's programme ends at 22:30.

Theatre House Universum • Perämiehenkatu 13, 00150 Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

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The Invasive Species Club, which started on Easter Thursday with the themes of death and despair, will continue in May with the themes of denialism and escapism. The "night of isms" will explore the difficulty of creating an honest snapshot of the situation through a variety of existing and invented -isms. Speech sections will create different degrees of denialism and meander through fears of the ecocrisis and the resulting humanitarian crises, while music sections are composed from the eras and borders of different -isms. The evening will also seek to create an -ism or two to help operate with the horror of contemporary realism of the ecocrisis.

In the speech sections, social psychologist Annukka Vainio explores behavioural change in the pursuit of sustainable development, artist-activist Alma Tuuva (e.g. @pikakahvimemegirl) looks at power, poverty and outsiderism through social media art, composer Matilda Seppälä discusses the relationship between artivism and escapism, and researcher-activist Pekka Tiainen puts a post-Satan world into words and music.

Soprano Meeri Pulakka, together with harpist Maaria Pulakka, will perform music by Florence Price, Elfrida André and György Kurtág, among others, in an escapist atmosphere. Composer Matilda Seppälä also takes an artivist approach to escapism, perhaps in a way that is atypical of compositionism.

Kaukolampi, the electronic representative of experimentalism, will wonder how expressionistic minimalism is at its maximum.

Stina Koistinen, aka STINAKO, is sometimes silver-red in her melancholy. STINAKO's music can be listened to as honest sentimentalism.

Also starring: impressionism, capitalism, modernism, avant-gardism, absurdism, brutalism, protectionism, bullshit, florism.

Maaria Pulakka, harp
Alma Tuuva, speech
Kaukolampi, electronic instruments
Annukka Vainio, speech
Meeri Pulakka, soprano
Eriikka Maalismaa, violin
Stina Koistinen, vocals and keyboard
Matilda Seppälä, dance and speech
Pekka Tiainen, speech

We will translate the talk programme and lyrics. Written translations will be available digitally during the event.

Ticket prices:
Wealthy 30€
Steady income 15€
Low income 5€

Art is for everyone – we have a limited amount of free solidarity tickets available. Enquiries to [email protected].

Theatre House Universum • Perämiehenkatu 13, 00150 Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

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