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

Documentation: Co-Memorations of 2018 – A PROJECT FOR A PUBLIC MONUMENT to 1918

The history of Helsinki and Suomenlinna, and especially the traumatic events of 1918, their narration and representation in art and historiography, has been the subject of Perpetuum Mobilε’s interest for many years. As we approach the centenary year of the … Continue reading

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CO-MEMORATIONS of 2018: A Project for a Public Monument to 1918

Two new commissions by Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena, in preparation for the anniversary of the Finnish Civil War of 1918. DOCUMENTATION of the opening and installation views Opening at 2pm on Saturday 29 April, 2017 Kasarmi (Nordic Culture Point), Suomenlinnan B28 … 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

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

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

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. 

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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