8 1/2 QUESTIONS ABOUT NOMADIC ACADEMY
Q: What is a nomadic academy of experimental arts?
A: It can be your kitchen, a memo of some kind written by shaky hands holding a
ball-point pen or a pirate garden. Helsinki Nomadic Academy of
Experimental Arts which was established in 20.7.2009 in Harakka island is just
one place for it.
Q: What does Helsinki Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts do?
A: It invites learning and thinking bodies of different genders and generations
to talk, dance, sing, to stop in their thoughts, to slow down and maybe to say
no to the communication if they feel like it.
Q: Who are the idols of Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts?
A: The unusual suspects. We are fans of dada, Collège de ’Pataphysique, Fluxus,
Situationists International, and, when looking at this moment, many other radical experimental arts´ organisations,
including several alternative groups working at the moment.
Research is close to our heart as is the critical alliance between arts, science and philosophy from the early artist communions following the Bauhaus/Black Mountain College link to art/ecology/public art debate and the contemporary experimental art recidencies.
Q: Why Nomadic Academy was established?
A: Because it was there, already. Grinning cats, Pussies in the Boots with their
shiny teeth and the eels in their buckets on the office desks only prevented to
Q: What is the structure in Academy?
A: We have two circles, the inner circle is dedicated to the elitistic art and
the outer circle to anti-art / nomadic art. There is constant change going on
between and within these circles.
Q: Who can join in?
A: Artists, the part-time teacher-artists and students, other individuals
interested in learning, groups, assemblages and organisations - all who think
that experimental and nomadic expression is good for the thoughts,
the hearts, social relations and criticality. In some cases it is also possible
for the animals and boats to join us.
Q: What are the sources of inspiration in Nomadic Academy?
A: Arts & experimentation groups, movements and schools, antihierarchical theory of Paulo Freire, Gilles
Deleuze and Félix Guattari. We also appreciate Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo, who was
an artist, designer of buildings, writer and developped his own pedagogical
system. We dislike all kinds of sexism, racism and fascism and "pavlovian
reflex" -like -relation to money.
1/2 Q: What is your budget?
1/2 A: We have no funding.
Q: What happens now?
A: Film performances, experimental lectures, conversations, meetings with
teacher-artists, art exhibitions?, music events, film festivals, aphorism videos and else. We will follow our four methods of rite, rail, route and rib (in finnish: riitti,
rata, reitti and ruode).