In May 2021 the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes announced a new ‘Together Alone 2.0’ open call for art projects in order to help the art scene battle challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. The open call was aimed at artists and creative workers whose activities and livelihood have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Out of over 140 applications eight projects have been selected that investigate new ways of working and thinking in this difficult time.
“We received high quality applications from many different fields of art. The selected commissions range from AI-sound art to ecological fashion, to podcasts and contemporary circus. The emphasis is on community-engaged art and on international collaboration”, says Pauliina Ståhlberg, the Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid.
We are grateful for all the applications that we received. It is impressive to see how artists from around the world are reflecting on the global crisis and the state of emergency through art, and how they are doing this together across borders.
The following projects will be commissioned for Together Alone 2.0:
• Minna Pöllänen and Bang Geul Han: Talk Me Tender
• Anni Puolakka and Ellie Hunter: Inside Eye, Mother Compost
• Jani Kaila and Maarten Wentholt: Veerkracht
• Meriam Trabelsi and Caroline Suinner, Pehmee Kollektiivi: Safer Spaces For Unhad Conversations
• Johanna Rotko: The Nature of Microbes
• David Kozma: The Middle Eastern Bloc podcast Presents Spring ’ 21
• Jaana Pirskanen and Jukka Vallisto: Together Alone In Time
• Milena Oksanen, Diego Machado and José Filgueira: Beatland (A Circus Dream)
By following the Institutes’ social media channels and the #TogetherAloneFi hashtag, you will from August onwards be able to explore all the selected Together Alone 2.0 projects.
Director, The Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid
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Director, The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland