30. Oktober 2020 20:00 Uhr
IRMA OPTIMIST [FIN]
kuratiert von Tobias Frank und Patrick Morarescu
IRMA OPIMIST (Finnland)
Mathematician Irma Optimist started doing performance art in 1989. Since then she has performed at dozens of festivals, museums and galleries all over the world. During the beginning of her career, she was famous for the ironic and parodying aspects of her performances. These were directed as criticism of the prevalent masculine concept of art. Many of the works were interactive and simultaneous, based on mathematical dynamics of chaos.
In most of her work, Irma Optimist has been very personal, discussing the conditions of identity, femininity, death. Gender, locality and nature have been her themes. The works themselves are transformations, in which the existence of the artist is connected to ritual and live installation.
Irma Optimist has also acted as a curator and brought many well-known international performance artists to events she has organised in Finland. Since 2000, she has been involved in organising Là-bas, a permanent forum for living art and experimental culture. The experimental space Studio Là-bas is located at Cable Factory, Helsinki.
Irma Optimist has got in Finland 2012 the Lifetime Achievement Award of Finnish Art Society and 2013 the State Prize of Art.
Psychedelic danse music
Altavoz creates a happy and psychedelic music, inspired by the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and the old time french bal atmosphere.
An original mix of acoustic accordion with Farfisa electric organ, and a wacky circus style drum kit, with toys, bells and horns.
Jérôme SOULAS : Farfisa accordions
Patrick GIGON : drums, toys
Pauline WILLERVAL : gadulka