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Creative Arts Forum | Petri Saarikko


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

18 Aug 2017 12:30 pm

End Date

18 Aug 2017 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public are welcome

Arts Forum - Petri Saarikko

‘Present’ Remedies Tasmania - celebrating the power of oral storytelling.

Petri Saarikko was born in 1973. He works as an artist and designer, and is based in Helsinki. Saarikko combines social commentary with his work as a designer and his background in new media to produce location-based installations. His work is highly performative in nature.

Saarikko does not shy away from provocation, and often challenges ideas of national identity, artistic authorship or official political discourses, by changing their context and thus showing the true, artificial nature of these phenomena. His work seeks to expose power relations, to make room for individual narratives, and takes a stand on behalf of equality. Saarikko collaborates regularly with his partner Sasha Huber Saarikko.

In his Arts Forum presentation, Petri will discuss the GASP commissioned Present project, which calls for stories that offer remedies for health, for culture or for the world so that we can better understand ourselves and our communities in the ‘Present'. We invite participants to be part of an international projection art project with lead artists Sasha Huber (Switzerland/Haiti) & Petri Saarikko (Finland).

'Present' will culminate with an outdoor video projection launch at LINC Glenorchy & GASP on Friday 15 September and a celebratory multicultural dinner, discussion and performance at GASP on 16 September 2017 as part of the Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival.

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.