The Call of the Nonhuman

The Call of the Nonhuman / In the Borderlands of the Human (2015)

The Call of the Nonhuman was a three-day event focused on nonhuman forms of performance. The event consisted of two public discussions, two workshops and a participatory performance. The event was organized and lead by members of two collectives, Other Spaces and The BodyBuilding Project.

The event begun with a public discussion regarding the meaning and position of the nonhuman in the context of performing arts and their critique. How does the nonhuman appear in the performances that are being made? How is it performed or performing? What can be accomplished by introducing or proposing nonhuman forms of performance? The discussion was moderated by Saara Hannula and Esa Kirkkopelto and included contemporary performance-makers, such as Essi Kausalainen, Tuija Kokkonen, Eero Yli-Vakkuri and Pietari Kylmälä.

Each collective facilitated a two-day workshop based on their respective approaches and methods of working. The workshop proposed by The BodyBuilding Project, titled In the Borderlands of the Human (Inhimillisen rajamailla), approached the borders of human perception, experience and knowledge by introducing a series of embodied and experiential exercises. The exercises moved between perceptible and imperceptible entities and events, ranging from the immediate material surroundings to climatic and planetary movements.

Working group: Other Spaces (Eeva Kemppi, Esa Kirkkopelto, Eija Ranta, Veera Turunen) and The BodyBuilding Project (Anniina Ala-Ruona, Saara Hannula)
Photos: Saara Hannula
Dates: September 9-12, 2015
Venue and production: Mad House Helsinki