Programme released: Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities is a six-day gathering 9–14 September 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The event brings together local and international arts audiences for a week of interactions and dialogues. The full programme and a list of over 40 contributors is now released.


A week full of conversations, presentations and happenings

The programme kicks off on Monday 9 September with film screening at Bio Rex movie theatre, curated by Rachael Rakes, curator, critic, and teacher from New York City.

From Tuesday to Friday a morning discussion series Rehearsing Dialogues engages participants in dialogues at Museum of Impossible Forms in Kontula. In these sessions a diverse range of practitioners share, perform, and rehearse how their practices respond to various epistemologies and ways of knowing.

Commuter salon Salon & Speakeasy by Sumugan Sivanesan and Irina Mutt happens daily during the commute between different venues. Alongside an open mind and listening ear, Salon & Speakeasy offers hand massages, rapid manicures and palm readings.

On Saturday 14 September a participatory installation by Bread Omens (Jani Anders Purhonen and Elina Rantasuo) produced by artist-led collective Asematila, explores bread-making as a method for building and sustaining communities.

As one of Frame’s key collaborators, Museum of Impossible Forms presents A series of soft gestures towards Hospitality. These gestures are the result of collaborations with a number of partners and artists in the programme including curatorial duo nynnyt, artist-led collective Asematila, Bread Omens, artist Heidi Hänninen, bread makers from Tikke Restaurant, as well as other invited guests and participants from Kontula in Helsinki.


A new series of artistic commissions

On Tuesday 10 September Frame hosts the launch of Reading List by Vidha Saumya, the first work in a series of artistic commissions at Frame’s office space. The poem, Reading List, painted as a wall mural, proposes a list of 96 authors from India who should be in global reading lists.

The event is also the site for the launch of Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion #1, the first in a series of readers acting as a partner for Frame’s 2019–2023 public programme.


Events free and open to everyone

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities event fosters critical discourse and collaboration between diverse artistic practitioners in contemporary societies.

“Hospitality can be seen as a core aspect of an art organisation such as Frame, whose aim is to create and foster international networks and connections”, say Frame’s Head of Programme Jussi Koitela and Associate Programme Curator Yvonne Billimore.

“Often hospitality can be seen simply as a way of inviting and hosting guests, but in addition to its domestic connotations, it also has the possibility to be considered more complexly”, they say.

“Our invitation to our partners, contributors, participants and friends, is to practice widening the potentially of hospitalities with us.”

All events in the programme are free and open to everyone, though the morning discussion series require booking.

Alongside the public programme, Frame arranges studio visits, one-on-one meetings and networking opportunities for over 20 international curators.

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities is scheduled to run in parallel with Today Is Our Tomorrowart festival, taking place during the same week, organised by Helsinki-based curatorial agency PUBLICS.

See the programme and book your place on Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities!


Partners and supporters

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities is developed in collaboration with a number of partners: Amos Rex, Asematila collective, AV-arkki – The Centre for Finnish Media Art, Finnish Cultural Institute New York, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Museum of Impossible Forms, and Publics.

The main supporter of Rehearsing Hospitalities is the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, together with the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Finnish Institute in London, Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark, Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg, Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid, Nordic-Baltic Curatorial Programme and the Saastamoinen Foundation.

Full programme and a list of contributors


Rehearsing Hospitalities is Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s public programme for 2019-2023. It connects artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and mediate new practices, understandings and engagements with diverse hospitalities.