Full Programme of TO THE SQUARE 2

TO THE SQUARE 2 (#TSQ2) re-invigorates the question of public space as the crucial locus for the articulation of the political and the art of protest. Read more..

Curated by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen
Commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki as part of Helsinki Festival
The 7th iteration of the Re-Aligned Project of Perpetuum Mobilε

TSQ2 ARTISTS: Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor/Cairo); Núria Güell (Barcelona), Khaled Jarrar (Ramallah); Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle (Belgrade); Nikolay Oleynikov (Nizhny Novgorod/Moscow); Raumlabor (Berlin); ZIP Group (Krasnodar).

THE SQUARE newspaper: edited by Ivor Stodolsky; design by Tzortzis Rallis (Occupied Times); art by Ganzeer, Federico Geller, Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle and articles by Michel Bauwens, Feminist Pencil, Grey Violet, Núria Güell, G.U.L.F., Occupy Museums, Teivo Teivainen, Telekommunisten and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Zona Prava/Pussy Riot.

The grand opening of all works will be on the 29th August, followed by a concert by the prominent singer of the Egyptian Revolution, Ramy Essam.

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PROGRAMME 14–31st Aug (Constantly Updated)


6-9pm – PRE-EVENT Meet the Artists: Nikolay Oleynikov and Khaled Jarrar (who defeated an initial Israeli Security Agency travel-ban) unveil their projects. HIAP Suomenlinna, Studio Johan Tobias. https://www.facebook.com/events/1558027921083426/


8pm-2am – CLUB WARM UP: Nikolay Oleynikov presents the nomadic multi-channel broadcast station, RADIO PRAVDA. Activist professor Teivo Teivainen joins him for a lively discussion with the curators, in the context of Oleynikov aka DJ Kolyan’s club night (mbar terrace) http://mbar.fi/events/1063/


RADIO PRAVDA starts its journey, roaming the streets and squares of Helsinki, with living and dead, local and far-flung participants, inter-courses, location-stops and sound animating this mobilized broadcast station.

2pm Lasipalatsi Square.

4pm Hietaniemi Cemetery. Live Radio for the Dead

5.30pm – Sörnäisten metroasema / Helsingenkatu. Fix us

7pm RADIO PRAVDA returns to Lasipalatsi Square (as always).


1.30pm RADIO PRAVDA on the square

3-5pm TSQ2 DEBATE: THE FUTURE OF THE SQUARE. Stakeholders giving presentations related to the planned changes to Helsinki’s Lasipalatsi Square include, among others, Marianna Kajantie, Lasipalatsi Media Centre; Kai Kaartio, Amos Anderson Museum; Tapio Mäkelä (mbar); Tuomas Rantanen, Voima newspaper / City Councilor (Greens) Minna Tarkka, Media Facades and other Helsinkians. Introduced by the curators, the first half of the discussion will be held in Finnish and moderated by Tuomas Toivonen. Switching to English in the second half, TSQ2 artists Ammar Abo Bakr, Khaled Jarrar, Nikolay Oleynikov, Raumlabor and the ZIP Group as well as Media Facades artists Suse Miessner (Helsinki) and Ivan Henriques / World Wilder Lab (Rio de Janeiro) will join the discussion. In co-operation with the Media Facades Festival. At the the ZIP Group platform, at the centre of Lasipalatsi Square.

7 pm RADIO PRAVDA on Lasipalatsi Square.


4pm RADIO PRAVDA at Kontufestari (www.kontula.com)

7pm RADIO PRAVDA on Lasipalatsi Square.


2-6pm – The Berlin based urban transformers Raumlabor are running an open WORKSHOP in Kontupiste to build mobile cinema-chairs for a “mo-we-mobile”: a truly MOBILE CINEMA-THEATRE with a mobile projection-carriage, a mobile screen and cinema-chairs on wheels. Build and watch with them! (Keinulaudankuja 4, 00940 Helsinki)

3pm on Lasipalatsi Square. Start of the last roaming tour of Helsinki with Nikolay Oleynikov,the artist of RADIO PRAVDA.

7pm – RADIO PRAVDA back on Lasipalatsi Square.


ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM” on Lasipalatsi Square. This ambitious multi-part pavilion will include a discussion platform, stages, a relaxation-room, screening space, art-walls and food. Watch them build their new architectural piece, starting Monday 25th. Towards the opening on the 29th, there will be more and more spaces to “construct” with them!

4-8pm – Raumlabor‘s open WORKSHOP in Kontupiste.

10pm Raumlabor‘s “mo-we-mobile” screenings in Kontula.


ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM” on Lasipalatsi Square.

2pm PRESS CONFERENCE: The TSQ2 project and concepts will be presented, and the artists will discuss their ongoing projects.

5pm Volunteers gather at Lasipalatsi square for the performative aspect of Khaled Jarrar’s Dis-/Obey.

6:30pm Khaled Jarrar’s public action starts in front of the Old Student House (Mannerheimentie 3) from which Dis-/Obey returns to Lasipalatsi Square, where a first view of the accompanying installation will be presented.

5-9pm – The Berlin-based urban transformers Raumlabor are running an open WORKSHOP on Lasipalatsi square to build mobile cinema chairs for a “mo-we-mobile”: a truly MOBILE CINEMA-THEATRE.  Join them!

10pm Raumlabor’s “mo-we-mobile” Mobile Cinema screening in urban space.


Ammar Abo Bakr paints a massive-scale canvas hung in Lasipalatsi Square.

ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM” on Lasipalatsi Square.

2pm-4pm Press screening of ART WAR directed by Marco Wilms. The protagonists Ammar Abo Bakr and Ramy Essam and the curators will be present. Kino Engel.

3pm-8pm Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle start their Non-Googleheim project in the Lasipalatsi Square

10pm L SQUARE CINEMA: PUSSY VS. PUTIN II (world premiere)
TSQ2 DEBATE: A panel with the director Gogol’s Wives (via videolink) and guests including Grey Violet (queer activist from Moscow), Teemu Matinpuro (Finnish Peace Committee), Anastasiya Anikina (anarchist activist), Teivo Teivainen (Professor of World Politics) and Ivor Stodolsky (curator, writer) and Anton Nikkilä (musician and researcher). Live on RADIO PRAVDA.


Ammar Abo Bakr painting a massive-scale canvas in the square.

ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM” on Lasipalatsi Square.

3-8pm Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle continue installing theirNon-Googleheim works in Lasipalatsi Square.

6-7pm TSQ2 DEBATE: Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle talk about the Non-Googleheim project with Jussi Koitela (artist, curator) and Thomas Wallgren (philosopher, activist and politician), among others. RADIO PRAVDA broadcasts the session. Lasipalatsi Square.

10pm Raumlabor‘s “mo-we-mobile” Mobile Cinema screenings in urban space.


Ammar Abo Bakr continues work on his massive-scale canvas in Lasipalatsi Square.

ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM” on Lasipalatsi Square. Paint, exhibit, relax..

Khaled Jarrar’s INSTALLATION Dis-/Obey re-mounted in Lasipalatsi Square.

3-8pm Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle finish Non-Googleheim.

4-8pm political ART-PRINT WORKSHOP with Tzortzis Rallis of the Occupied Times / Occupy Design. PARTICIPATE!

Opening words by Deputy Major Ritva Viljanen and Chairperson of Checkpoint Helsinki Markus Kåhre with contributions by TSQ2 curators and artists. Reaching its completion, the ensemble of TSQ2 works will be presented on the square. Live on RADIO PRAVDA.

(the leading musician of the Egyptian revolution)
Featuring Paleface and Räjähtävä Nyrkki.

10pm DJ Daddy Pales on mbar stage


12am-4pm political ART-PRINT WORKSHOP with Tzortzis Rallis.PARTICIPATE!

ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM” on Lasipalatsi Square. PARTICIPATE!

Khaled Jarrar’s installation Dis-/Obey.
5.30-6.30pm TSQ2 DEBATE: Khaled Jarrar, the curators Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen, Christopher Wessel (South Africa / Third Space, Helsinki) and other guests discuss the political situation in Palestine/Israel and its relationship to his work Dis-/Obey. Live on RADIO PRAVDA.

10pm L SQUARE CINEMA: ART WAR, directed by Marco Wilms.
TSQ2 DEBATE: The protagonists Ammar Abo Bakr, Ramy Essam and Ganzeer (via video link) discuss the film. Päivi Mattila (Finnish Human Rights League) and Iida Siimes (PEN) join for the debate. Live on RADIO PRAVDA.


ZIP Group “CONSTRUCTIVISM” on Lasipalatsi Square. See above. PARTICIPATE!

Khaled Jarrar’s INSTALLATION Dis-/Obey

2-4pm TSQ2 DEBATE:ZIP Group and Raumlabor in conversation with Trashpavillion activists among others. Live on RADIO PRAVDA.

10pm. L SQUARE CINEMA: INDIGNADOS directed by Tony Gatlif

Constantly Updated here:
http://www.checkpointhelsinki.org/en/programme/to-the-square-2/ (mirror)


Link to this Page: http://www.re-aligned.net/tsq2-concept-programme/

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