Pluriversity

Cultural pluralism in Finland is a fruitful reality, despite recent attempts to undermine and attack the notion of “multiculturalism”. Historical minorities are a long-established part of society, and the integration of recent first-generation immigrants has demonstrated considerable successes. As throughout Europe, however, Finland is witnessing a rise of explosive tensions. The dangers of divisive regressions are as great as the potentials of cultural change. How can one create a learning-by-doing platform which brings together a plurality of individuals, cultures and traditions – a university of “pluricultural” life which holds a strong appeal to a new generation?

This project for a Pluriversity rises to this challenge by focusing on universally loved and respected talents, skills and knowledge that every young person, of any background, can only wish to learn: how to express themselves in public; how to make a film, write a song, record a track or edit a newspaper; how to make an art work with their own hands; or how to bring to life an economically viable organisation.

The Pluriversity invites leading artists, inspiring teachers and art students from a wide variety of backgrounds to build an overlapping series of long-term projects with these very concrete goals in mind. This pilot project grows a set of learning-by-doing platforms to result in real-world outcomes for young people – of all, and especially disadvantaged backgrounds – at a crucial time in their lives.

In the dangerous climate of intolerance and open racism in Finland today, this is a project which directly engages susceptible young people at a crucial time in their lives. While bringing youths into the orbit of “high art and knowledge”, it also does so without “talking down”, by passing on highly practical know-how and skills, and networks. The Pluriversity practices what it professes: pluriculturalism.

Supported generously by the Kone Foundation

CO-MEMORATIONS of 2018 : Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena

Opening at 2pm on Saturday 29 April, 2017 Kasarmi (Nordic Culture Point), Suomenlinnan B28 Perpetualmobile.org Facebook Event / Twitter / YouTube ​​The history of Helsinki and Suomenlinna, and especially the traumatic events of 1918, their narration and representation in art … Continue reading

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Erol Mintas Film Screening: Song of my Mother

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PLURIversity: “Gender: Human” by Shieko Reto at the Nordic Culture Point

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A learning-by-doing platform which brings together a plurality of individuals, cultures and traditions, the PLURIversity cross-seeds artistic, P2P and social imaginaries to develop new pedagogies, skills and solutions for a diverse, pluricultural future. Forming a part of the faculty of … Continue reading

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MOBILE TALK by Erkan Özgen

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at the Helsinki Art Museum on the 30th of August See photos, video and audio of the event.   Erkan Özgen is a pioneer of video art from the Kurdish area of Turkey, with a distinguished record of exhibitions and … Continue reading

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PLURIVERSITY

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After plenty of small steps the events and workshops of the PLURIVERSITY 2016 are underway! The PLURIversity is initially intended for its participants – and that’s potentially anyone, and youth in particular – rather than an art audience, or any … Continue reading

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Erkan Özgen, Kurdish artist from Eastern Turkey, is the latest PM/HIAP Safe Haven Helsinki resident at Suomenlinna. 

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PM is proud to announce that Erkan Özgen is going to be a  Safe Haven Helsinki resident from June 27 until September 10, 2016. The Safe Haven Helsinki acts as a “breather” for the Kurdish artist from Amed (Diyarbakir in Turkish) … Continue reading

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Overview of PLURIversity Sub-Projects

I. PLURIstudio II. PLURImedia III. PLURIculturalism in public space IV. PLURIeconomy a.k.a. Project Integral  

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