18.11.2019Liquid labour (case no. 1) at Uferstudios
"Life is a game, yes."
Book your ticket to Liquid labour now!
Performances in Berlin on 22 Nov, 23 Nov and 24 Nov, all at 19.00, at Uferstudios, Studio 1. More on Uferstudios page. Reservations also at email@example.com
24.9.2019Liquid labour (case no. 1) premieres in November in Berlin
Liquid labour (case no. 1) is a stage performance about the gig economy and about working as a bike messenger, performed by three ex-Deliveroo-couriers. It explores the experience of providing the human labour in an economy where everything has to be as flexible and cost-efficient as possible. It witnesses the juxtapositioning of raw physical labour on the streets of the city, and the immaterial power flowing from control of data and information systems.
Liquid labour is based on Akseli's experiences from working as a bicycle courier for the take-away service Deliveroo in Berlin. Deliveroo is an internationally operating company that has collected over a billion Euros of so-called venture capital. In August 2019 the company abruptly withdraw from Germany. leaving over a thousand couriers unemployed on four day notice.
Performances in Berlin on 22 Nov, 23 Nov and 24 Nov, at Uferstudios, Studio 1.
15.4.2019Critics praise Nicht Hamburg
"Could one think of a more topical and political dance performance?" "Desire to participate, to do at least something, and not to be a sleeping by-stander is crystallised in this piece." Jussi Tossavainen, Helsingin Sanomat 13.4.2019
The entire review in Finnish.
"A trip with the movement of masses towards the unyielding row of riot police." "Those in power, the police, and the people rising to rebellion are all part of the one and same biosphere." Jarkko Kumpulainen 13.4.2019
The entire review in Finnish.
11.4.2019Nicht Hamburg begins at Höyhentämö - Pluckhouse
Nicht Hamburg premieres on Friday 12 Apr!
Höyhentämö, Korkeavuorenkatu 17, 00130 Helsinki Fri 12.4., Sat 13.4., Tue 16.4., Wed 17.4. at 19.00 (in Finnish) Sat 20.4. at 19.00 & Sun 21.4. at 17.00 (in English) Ticket reservations through Höyhentämö webpage.
Nicht Hamburg is a performance about political protest. It is a personal account on the possibilities for, and the impossibility of political participation. It is a question about the sensibility and meaning of protest, resistance and action, and about the absurdity of inaction.
Directing, text, choreography, performing: Akseli Aittomäki Sound design and musical composing: Carlo Philipp Thomsen Light design: Ainu Palmu
19.2.2019Nicht Hamburg — upcoming in Höyhentämö - Pluckhouse in April
A new solo work from Akseli, Nicht Hamburg, premieres at Höyhentämö - Pluckhouse in Helsinki on 12.4.
The process started from a text written immediately after the protests against G20 Summit in Hamburg, and from sound recordings made during direct action against lignite mining by Ende Gelände network. The work is based on experience from participation in many different protests, and on contemplation on the possibilities for, and impossibility of political participation. These materials, and corporeal exploration of the experiences, are the elements for the constructing of the piece Nicht Hamburg.
For performing dates, see Pluckhouse web page.
3.5.2018Akseli in Z-free at Zodiak 15.5. ja 16.5.
In May Akseli continues his exploration of economy and political themes in a short research residency at Zodiak in Helsinki, under the working title 'Ops & dominio — Leviatan Liquida'. The aim is to broaden the political perspectives of the work with economic concepts. During the period at Zodiak Akseli will specifically look into new ways of using physical performing work to approach artistically, on one hand, capitalist society, and on the other, resistance against the prevailing order.
Work-in-progress -presentation at Zodiak on Tue 15 May and Wed 16 May at 17.00. Zodiak rehearsal room B2, Cable Factory, staircase B, second floor. Free entry
2.1.2018114 markets and no event — premiere in Helsinki at Höyhentämö - Pluckhouse 26.1.
“Big banks, small banks, I like to make money.”
The collaboration between Cécile Bally and Akseli Aittomäki is a performance on economics: it explores finance, accounting and productivity. The artists research the logic of value production and profit in a neoliberal world – analytically and intuitively, from the view points of politics and poetics, in documentary and fictive work. More at the pages of Höyhentämö - Pluckhouse.
Concept, choreography and performance: Cécile Bally and Akseli Aittomäki The project is supported by Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
Performed on Fri 26 Jan at 7 pm, Sat 27 Jan at 7 pm, and Sun 28 Jan at 5 pm. Höyhentämö - Pluckhouse, Korkeavuorenkatu 17, Helsinki Tickets 22 Euros, reduced tickets 12 Euros. Reservations, hoyhentamo.fi/en/ticketreservation/ Performed in English.
1.12.2017'114 markets and no event' — work-in-progress at Uferstudios in Berlin
Akseli and Cécile Bally are working on a new collaboration, under the title '114 markets and no event'. The performance studies phenomena of the economy, particularly 'financialisation' and the normative power of accounting practices.
Cécile and Akseli have been in the studio for total of five weeks now, and at the end of next week, they will present to current outcomes of the process in a work-in-progress showing at Uferstudios. The showing is a part of the programm of Soda works -festival, celebrating ten years of SoDA M.A. programm with plenty of works from graduating students and alumni alike. The new performance from Akseli and Cécile will premiere in Helsinki, at Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse on 26 Jan 2018.
Showing 8 Dec at 19.00, Uferstudios, Studio 4. Badstrasse 41a, Berlin. Tickets 4 Euros. (No reservations.)
18.4.2017Soda master works 2016 -publication is out
An introduction to the thesis works of Solo/ dance/ authorship master program is out and available as pdf. It is a compact presentation of the works and approaches of Akseli and five other artists that graduated from the program in March.
Read: Soda master works 2016
2.1.2017Adsorbsio — the last part of the Thousand intensities -series at Cable Factory
The Thousand intensities -series, that begunn in 2015, ends now in Adsorbsio — what these bodies are capable of. In this series produced by Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse in Helsinki, Akseli and his collaborators explored physicality of experience and how that builds into meaning, institutionalisation of meaning in training, use of the bodies' capabilities for production, and finally, its integration into economy and capitalist production of value.
Performances on Thu 12 Jan, Fri 13 Jan and Sat 14 January, at 19.00 at Cable Factory, Helsinki. Performed in Finnish. Tickets from Pluckhouse or through tiketti.fi.
14.11.2016Actors of production — final work for SoDA performed 7 and 8 December
Actors of production is Akseli's final performance for master course at HZT – Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin. It also a result of over two years of artistic exploration and study. The work poses questions about the bodies capacities to produce experience, meaning and value, and its relation to the economy and capitalist money. Collaborators for this project include Cécile Bally, Maryanna Lachman, Stefan Röben and Surjan.
Performances on Wed 7 and Thu 8 December at 19.00, HZT, Uferstudios, Badstr. 41a, studio 14. (Doube-bill with Lulu Obermayer's Manon lescaut Manon lets go) Free entry, performance in English.
30.6.2016SoDA research presentations at Uferstudios
Within three days, six SoDA students will present performances based on their recent artistic research. Akseli's presentation, Production desired value added, studies, on one hand, the sensuous properties of meaning-making, and, on the other, the terms of economy and the concept of value.
Performance on Tuesday 5 July at 19.00, HZT, Uferstudios, studio 9. Free entry, performance in English.
The presenting SoDa students also compiled a publication on their artistic processes in postcard format. See the online edition: 301 online.
24.3.2016Potentia – the third part of Thousand intensities -series opens in early April
Thousand intensities -series continues with third part, Potentia – on the economy of appearing. Potentia is the possibility for something to appear, to emerge, the possibility for production. It is located in the circulation of working bodies, their technique, technology, information, images and affects.
At Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse on Fri 8 Apr and Sat 9 Apr at 19.00. The makers are Akseli Aittomäki, Tanja Eloranta, Jaakko Nieminen, Marja Skaffari, Ainu Palmu ja Matti Strahlendorff.
25.2.2016Virta – Praxes itinérantes, IV part performed in early March
In the fourth part of Praxes itinérantes, a series based on artistic encounter and collaborative experimentation, Akseli is working with actor, singer and yoga teacher Marja Skaffari. In this part, the work starts from breathing, its physicality, rhythm, meditative aspects and expressive potential.
At Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse on Sat 5 Mar and Sun 6 Mar at 19.00.