Pause (2009-2010)

PAUSE was a participatory performance project that consisted of a series of collective slow walks in urban space. The aim was to create a performative frame that would allow both the participants and the passers-by to alter their experience of time and rhythm and their state of perception in a hectic urban environment. The walks took place in designated areas in Helsinki and Turku.

The performance consisted of three phases: an attunement and warm-up session, a walk and an ending circle. During the actual walk, each participant chose an individual path for him- or herself and walked it as slowly as possible. Together, the participants formed a matrix of bodies that affected the people walking through it in a subtle but effective way.

Pause was also Saara’s master’s thesis at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art. Here is the written thesis as a PDF file: PAUSE

Concept and direction: Saara Hannula
Realization: 50 voluntary participants
Venue: Kolmen Sepän aukio, Helsinki and Olohuone 306,4km2 Festival, Turku

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